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Brewed by Tree Brewing
Style: Black IPA
Kelowna, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeanF (1735) - Nunavut, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
Perfect pour of grey dark beige head and a very brown-black body. Good job on the looks! Solid aroma of overlapping hops with barley notes in the background, creating an appealing complexity: coffee notes, chocolate, well balanced indeed. Flavour is a nice bitter mix of heavy hops with barley stout, coffee and bitter hoppiness in a perfect mix. Dry finish. Tree totally hit the mark with this one. Well done.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdettweiler (57) - KITCHENER, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
Very dark, with a hint of ruby and a large rocky coffee and cream coloured head, leaving copious lacing on the glass. Complex aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, toasted grains, caramel, citrus, pine and herbal hops. Medium bodied, with a little more carbonation than I prefer, the taste is an epic battle of sweet malts and bitter hops with flavours like the aroma and a long dry acidic finish. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RumRunner101 (810) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2012
Pours black with a thick beige head. Aromas of dark chocolate, grassy hops, sweet dark fruits. Full bodied velvety mouth feel with low carbonation. Flavours of espresso, dried blueberries, dark chocolate. Long, bold bitter finish with hints of honey. Definitely one of the best I’ve had of the style.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wintyguy (69) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2012
This is a very good beer. Right up my alley. Pours nice and dark black ruby, with a nice thick slow cappuccino head that lasts and lasts. Very nice appearance. Tastes are of roasted malts and layered through with floral notes true to the IPA style. Nice carbonation for an overall good mouthfeel. I’m a fan for sure. I’d session the crap outta this one.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewturba (1089) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2012
Pours a very dark brown/black with decent tan head diminishing to a nice sticky ring that laces the glass with a light covering that seems to stick around. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, some coffee and light grassy bitterness. Flavour is a mixture of bitter citrus, chocolate, roasted malt and sweetness that blends together quite nicely and for being 8 percent abv its not a boozy beer at all.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
Plenty of chocolate, orange-citrus, biscuit and roast character in the sweet nose. Opaque black body is topped by a decent and lasting, fine-bubbled, tan-brown head that sticks to the sides of the glass and laces well. Flavour has interesting elements of a strong and hoppy stout without the sweetness of an Imperial Stout - lots of roasted malt character, strong bitterness, plenty of chocolate and citrus flavour. Bitterness and dark chocolate linger in the aftertatse. Medium body has strong effervescence that really lightens the mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable as the alcohol is never apparent. Really well done. Tulip glass. Allowed to warm from fridge temperature. Bottle purchased at Brewery Creek in February 2012.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HeistAlmighty (1155) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
650ml bottle. Very dark brown pour, big tan head. Dark roasted chocolate malts and citrus hop aromas. Dark bitter chocolate malt and bitter hops blend together in the taste very well. Body is full, but not heavy. Overall, this really worked and was very enjoyable. This had the best qualities of imperial stouts and IPAs.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reimer96 (1343) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2013 Pours an opaque black with a nice brown head that dissipates quickly but leaves some foam across the top and some sticky lace. Aroma is a citrus/floral chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Taste bitter dark cocoa that transitions into chocolate sweetness that has a very smooth and gradual warming from the 8.8abv and then it throws some citrus hop bitterness on the very end. Very complex and full bodied but not heavy.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
roytheboy (9) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2012 does not count
650ml bottle. Aroma: Dark chocolate with notes of citrus rind, nuts and espresso. Appearance: black copper, small tan head. Taste: rich and complex. full of hops, espresso, black chocolate, citrus, slightly bitter. Both a little sweat and a little sour. Palate: full body, slightly oily, medium carbonation. Finish is a gently increasing and lingering bitterness keeping notes of espresso. This is Tree’s most interesting brews. Must try.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7032) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle, shared with Robbie. Ironic that I had to come all the way to Ontario to get a beer that’s brewed 9 hours drive from my house. Was it worth it? Yes. Near black pour with a lasting brown head. I’m not sure how tey did this, but the aroma is nearly all rich dark malts (roast, cocoa, hints of figs), while t palate is overtaken by crushing hop bitterness. After about halfway, my sensesequilibrated and the whole thing reached a near-perfect harmony for me. Just an excellent example of war this style can achieve in a alanced beer. So very good.


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