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RATINGS: 357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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A Black Imperial IPA.


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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wordsworth (133) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Hoppy and dark with a complex palate. Not as thick as it looks. It's like an IPA and a bock mixed together.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pyrmir (3527) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2014
On tap during Brussels vacation. Dark brown with off white head. Aroma sweet and malty, some candy, raisins and fruit. Taste has lots of dark malt, sweet, dried fruits and raisins. Excellent beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
__Rb81 (266) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2014
On tap at ’t Klooster. Dark with a white head. Hoppy aroma followed by malts and somewhat overwhelming sweet chocolate. Taste is similar, bitter hoppy start followed by sweet chocolate, roasted malts. Bitter hoppy, roasted, aftertaste. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BobyFischer (103) - FRANCE - DEC 8, 2014
Brune opaque, d’encre, quelques reflets rouges.Mousse généreuse blanc-cassé.Au nez : céréales, chocolat noir amer, café, boisée, grillée, houblons amers, citrus. En bouche on retrouve ce qui faisait l’obscura.Prédominance des malts grillées : chocolat noir, café, céréales. Des notes complexes de houblons amers et poivrées. Bière remarquable mais trop sur les malts torréfiés à mon humble avis.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimplySike (961) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2014
33cl. Bottle.
Pours almost black with tan head.
Aroma roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some citrus fruits, raisins.
Taste chocolate sweets, roasted coffee bitter, hint of citrus.
Mouthfeel creamy, bit oily.
Great beer expected more hops.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjik83 (638) - - DEC 5, 2014
- Alcoholpercentage van 9.2 - Smakelijk biertje destijds gedronken - Complimenten aan de brouwerij- en brouwmeester - Nog geen topper, maar wel de hoge waardering die verdiend is ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4053) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 1, 2014
Huge thanks to Ludo for sharing this one with us! So, 100% Belgian hops? This poured a dark brown-amber, nearly black body with a small beige head. It started off with a huge initial blast of herbal/fruity aroma hops, something which I didn’t expect... but it was gone very soon, leaving turning into a soft, malty, chocolatey aroma, which was ok, but less impressive. The same chocolate notes continue on into the taste, creamy, before ending with a strong, respectable herbal bitterness. Definitely a very good beer! I just wish what I’d had had more of that initial hop blast!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swieca (50) - POLAND - NOV 25, 2014
Dark brown colour, small head. Aroma roasted sunflower, dark malts, hint of chocolate. Nice bitterness, very American beer as for a belgian one. Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3386) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2014
750ml bottle 11/20/14 (Binny’s Naperville)-40° in Shaker-Pours black with ruby tints with a big off white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and hops. Taste of the same with a little anise and chocolate coming in. This medium bodied brew is not like American IPA’s but still tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (310) - GREECE - NOV 17, 2014
330 ml bottle at the Beerstore, Thessaloniki. Black color with big beige head. Roasted malt, coffee, light chocolate, hoppy aroma. Taste is more bitter hoppy than the aroma, sweet, light roasted malty again, sweet chocolate and light coffee. Almost medium body, oily, soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jyrsa (93) - - NOV 15, 2014
Dark brown with a creamy white head. Nose has raisins, grain alcohol and red fruit. Whiskeyish with coffee. Long smooth after taste with coffee.


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