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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 9.99%
Imperial black ale.

tectactoe's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Can: Thanks, Corey! Black center, some deep brown around the edges, topped with a light, leathery tan head that transcends quickly to a foamy collar. Aroma has notes of light roast, chocolate, pine needles, some dank hop oils, mild bitter citrus peels, & some spicy, ashy hop notes in the back-end. Taste is more malt heavy & actually has a fairly apparent sweetness up front... burnt caramel, mild roast & char, a hint of sweet chocolate. Mid-palate, things switch from malty to hoppy; bitter grapefruit pith & orange zest, sticky pines, & floral bitterness, leading into a lasting finish full of both hoppy notes & slick, toasted malt sugars. Would never guess this one was nearly 10% ABV... Very enjoyable black IPA, a style that can be very hit or miss. This oneís a little sweeter than most, certainly not a bad thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brandon31g (29) - HONG KONG - MAY 22, 2016
Pours a almost black body with a huge light beige head which leaves lots of lacing. Aroma consists of well balanced portion of citrus, roasted malt, coffee and herbs. Taste starts with a short milky sweetness, then transforms into great pine and dark chocolate bitterness. The finishing is long and toasty and the mouthfeel is oily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaturtle (7) - - MAY 21, 2016 does not count

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Booga (49) - Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2016
16 oz can to pint. Dark brown pour with 3 finger beige head. Very roasty smell vs the citrus smell others report. It has good body and nice flavor. Bitter flavor but the malt aromas overpower the hop aromas. ABV pretty well hidden. More of a dark ale than black IPA. I would like to have more of the citrus or pine flavors of black IPAs. This is good beer but didnít knock my socks off like I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidezdonz (223) - , HONG KONG - MAY 13, 2016
A 1 pint can canned on 26th January 2016 and poured into an oversized wine glass. It poured a dark dark brown colour with an orange hue and a slightly less than one finger tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly but left nice lacing. Aromas are a mix of piney and citrus orange hops and roasty dark chocolate. Taste starts sweet-ish citrusy orange followed by caramel malt, light roast coffee and chocolate plus a hint of char before ending with a lasting pine and juicy citrus light bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Overall a nicely balanced Black IPA that hides itís high ABV well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tillmac62 (637) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2016
COD 1/26/16. Pours black, as advertised. World class head volume, lacing and retention. Outstanding, and surprisingly fruity, nose of pine, dank, citrus (lime) and tropical (passion fruit) hops. Underneath is a mild sweetness that I canít identify when cold, but seems to be caramel as it warms. Light medium body that has a rather slick texture. Superb carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a prickly finish. The quite outstanding flavor profile is unique. It begins with a blend that quickly devolves into lime, dank and pine. The middle provides a succulent caramel based sweetness that arrives in wave fashion. Underneath is a layer from the dark malts that hints at bakers chocolate and a touch of char, but not roast per se. Fairly mild bitterness arrives mid-palate and is a combination of pine, dank and zest. As the bitterness fades, the sweetness arrives coupled with a note of passion fruit. The finish is a slow sweet fade that takes on a zest quality as it lingers with dank and pine playing around the edges.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5381) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2016
Dark brown color with a tall, lasting light tan head. Aromas of citric to light resin hops, backed by a toasted to light roasted malt element. Sweet roasted malt start, but not a strong roast. Mild feel and rather soft. Is it lingers, you get some pine, wood, citrus, cocoa and light fruit. Most of the BIPAs have not been in my wheelhouse, this one is no exception. I enjoy this one, but its just a sipping hoppy dark ale. 4/14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (1004) - New York, USA - APR 28, 2016
Tap at the source. Pours black, tan head. Aroma is citrus, orange, roasted malt, actually some really nice citrus, almost tropical fruit notes. Flavor is roasted malt, and citrus. Chocolate. Wow, probably one of the best black IPAs Iíve had in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11932) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2016
Can, thanks PotjeBier! Deep dark brown color. Creamy head. Caramel, red berries and soft herbal hops in the aroma. Malty sweetish, soft caramelly, Firm Hoppy flavor with red berries and roast. Grassy notes. Very Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (6737) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2016
Keg @ Mimosa, MSP. Deep brown pour with a luxurious creamy tan head. Aroma is pretty hoppy. Plenty of pine wood character. PNW C-hops. Pine cone forest. A bit of cheese and orange peel too. Flavor is fairly bold and rich, which youíd expect for a beer of this profile. Chewy charred malt character. Burnt pine. Caramel cheesecake. Leafy strong bitter finish. Full body, supple carb. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
screigh (607) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a black color with ruby highlights when held up to a light. Large creamy tan head that doesnít disappear. Lots of sticky lacing. Slight alcohol aroma with malt and sugar. Mouth feel is dense like you want to chew it. A sugary, fruity flavor that turns to grapefruit. Lingering pithy bitterness. You can sense the alcohol.

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