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Troubadour Westkust

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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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A Black Imperial IPA.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (219) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 13, 2014
First of, I am a little surprised, that this is declared a Black IPA, as in my opinion it is more of a gently hopped Stout. Has a huge, bubbly, creamy beige head, with a dark mahogany, almost black color. Fantasic multi-layered nose of scorched malts. milk chocolate, plums, brown sugar and floral hops, completing the very complex, inviting smell of this brew. Caramel and burned toffee with earth and rock sugar build the foundation, with sweeter milk chocolate to enhance this beers complexity. Remarkably bitter coffee beans and floral hops build the counterpart to that first impression, but soon the maltiness takes over again, finishing with a subtle, slick bitterness down the throat. All in all this is definitely on the sweeter side, with a short, but impressive bitter punch, including a slight hop presence in it. Nontheless the balance is very convincing, at it seems easy to slip, while putting together this many different flavors in a beer - very complete in its taste, medium bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1204) - - SEP 12, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-14-13- Poured from bottle into a chalice glass Appearance – Pours a dark brown color bordering on chestnut with a thick and billowy cream colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention slowly fading to give a fantastic level of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet mix of dark roasted aromas and dark fruit aromas. Chocolate and coffee are mixed with some cherry and prune producing a dark and sweet smell. Combined with these are aromas of vanilla along with a hop profile of some citrus and some pine. Taste – The taste begins with a sweet roasted malt and dark fruit flavor mixed with other flavors of a light citrus hop. It tastes much more porter like upfront with the roasted malts being quite strong. The chocolate flavors are rather potent and are mixed with dark fruit of cherry and plum The chocolate and bready flavors seem to dwindle as the taste moves on however, allowing a more coffee flavor to come to the tongue. Along with this transition, other hop flavors beyond the initial citrus greet the tongue. The hops are largely of a pine and some lighter herbal flavors. In the end the flavors leave a roasted sweet coffee and chocolate, lightly hoped more like porter flavor, to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather light for one for 9.4% abv with a carbonation level that is on the lighter side. The lower carbonation is great for the more porter like and lighter hoped qualities of the brew while the body being light ,made it dangerously drinkable. Overall – I was expecting something much more hoppy and much less sweet and chocolaty, but was pleasantly surprised by the smoothness in its drinking as well as the rich flavor profile of the brew. A very nice on to try if you get the chance.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (1550) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"A dry roasty beer. Pretty big all around with lots of roast, coffee and bitterness. Little to the hops except grapefruit rinds and bitterness. Pretty good beer but there are better. Huge head from a normal pour."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hugi (387) - Waldkirch, GERMANY - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle shared with bartlebier- thanks! Dark brown, slightly hazy, full and stable head. Sweet-hoppy smell, hints of coffee. Full body, velvety texture, oily, malty, medium bitterness, light sweetness, light notes of fruits. Hoppy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
s_hartshorne (1349) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle midlands tasting group. Muddy brown colour thin white head flecks off sediment throughout. Liquorice pine tropical aroma taste is similar nice bitterness great dark malt backbone. Nice oily mouthfeel. V good stuff

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
cardang (5) - oudenburg, BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2014 does not count
Zeer speciaal bier. Voor mij smaakte het bier helemaal anders dan dat het eruit zag. Het ruikt gebrand is donker en smaakt hoppig. Zeker een aanrader.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
reynaldg (34) - - AUG 31, 2014
Une impérial IPA gourmande. Robe noire profonde, petit tête teintée. Arôme café. Corps onctueux, pointe de chocolat. Bonne ! --- An Imperial IPA greedy. Deep black dress, little colored head. Aroma coffee. Creamy body, hint of chocolate. Good!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gaultier (332) - SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle @ Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Aroma: Hoppy, toffee. Taste: Hoppy, chocolate, raspberry candy, nutty, sweetness. Chocolate in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saintjulien (128) - - AUG 30, 2014
citrus, roasty, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, full body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (1627) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
75cl bottle @ Midlands Tasting Aug 14, at Richie’s Hop Palace. Been on my ’to try’ list for a while this, and finally get to open at such a prestigious occasion. Pours very dark brown with creamy tan head. Big thick bitter hoppy taste with dark coal, pine and additional thick chocolate malts. Much more bitterness than I was expecting. Great stuff.


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