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RATINGS: 344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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A Black Imperial IPA.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vincentvega72 (60) - - JUN 7, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2014 Bier van hoge kwaliteit. Donker (bijna zwart) bier met schuimkraag die lekker aan het glas blijft plakken. Rijke volle smaak (drop, mout, donker fruit) met heerlijke (lange en bittere) hoppige afdronk. Bier om lekker van te genieten. Troubadour kan er wat van - na magma en obscura - alweer een VOLtreffer !!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (631) - BELGIUM - AUG 30, 2013
Bière des Musketeers, qui a une grande concurrence au sein de la maison avec les magma et obscura... De plus, en se centrant sur les houblons westkust exclusivement, elle s’est peut-être coupé l’herbe sous le pied, mais on ne le saura jamais … Westkust est donc une référence aux houblons de Flandre de l’ouest, située par le brasseur comme une black and bitter ale..., qui se définit aussi un « black imperial ipa ». Couleur brun sombre, rougeâtre en transparence. Clarté nette. Bulles assez grosses par centaines partout. Mousse beige, haute et bien crémeuse. Arômes de bois de rose, pointe de muscade et de yahourt maigre, de la réglisse, de la noix de cajou et un peu d’avoine. 1ère bouche soyeuse, sur le café, avec une pointe de feu de bois, et de l’acajou. Arrière-bouche avec un houblon fin de la Westkust, qui vient chapeauter un ensemble fumé ferme. 2ème bouche sur du café réglissé, avec une très belle amertume et une nuance de lavande aussi en fond. 3ème bouche qui donne un ensemble renforcé avec des céréales, mais les cônes de houblon sortent et aussi du bois et des fleurs. Sur la longueur, la réglisse donne un relief intéressant mais l’équilibre reste instable. La levure est douce, fine, précise, d’une très belle veine. L’alcool est bien dosé, progressif et fort. La finale apporte des notes d’anis et de résine de pin. Conclusion : une bière qui manque d’un équilibre ferme sur la longueur. Les nuances sont très riches, mais un houblon amer domine avec une sorte de concentration de l’amertume sur les côtés arrières de la bouche dans l’avant gorge.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3257) - Radom, POLAND - APR 29, 2014
Bottle 0,33cl. Pieknie czarne smoliste i pelnia glebia i szczescia. Metne nieprzezroczyste z opalizujaca trwala i spora piana znaczaca na szkle spore mazy. W smaku pelna paleta slodowosc dosc spora i bogactwo slodow. Chmiele wyczuwalne aromatyczne srednio ale w smaku to bomba chmielowo goryczkowa. Imperialne podwojne ciemne IPA zrobilo na mnie spore wrazenie. Polecam to piwo bo fantastycznie sie je pilo, a alkoholu sie wogole nie wyczuwalo, dla niektorych moze byc zbyt ciezkawe.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Davros (1991) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2013
Pours brown with a lasting head. Nose shows complex roasted malt with chocolate, cocoa, roasted coffee and oatmeal notes along with very soft spicy and resinous hops. Lovely. The complex roasted malt follows as a flavour with more coffee. Some booze follows, lending a coffee liqueur character. Not all that much hops but there’s some definite resinous and piny notes. Well-balanced bitterness in the finish. Nice soft carbonation, but it could be upped a little.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koshack (112) - POLAND - APR 28, 2014
Piękna długo utrzymująca się piana. W smaku ciemne słody a w drugiej nucie wyraźny chmiel. Alkohol wyczuwalny ale nie nachalny, bardzo dobrze zbalansowana.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2012
Draft @ ZBF 2012 // black with a creamy tanned head // smell is heavy of roasted & touch burned malts (lots of them), grounded coffee, no hops in the nose // taste is heavy on roasted malts, coffee, 95 % chocolate, smidgeon of liquorish, slightly bitter in the back (hops but little & none of the pine & citrus kind to be found) // medium bodied // more like a very roasted porter especially given the lack of typical pine & citrus hops etc. // regardless of those technicalities // this is a great beer

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike_77 (3220) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2013 Really dark brown colour. Sweet, roasted malty aroma. Really silky texture. Has an intense flavour of roasted, bitter malts but it remains quite fresh tasting due to the hoppiness. Nice lingering bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2684) - Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2013
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 9/6/2015. Pours lightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that last. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, light char, pine, floral, toast, grass, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, toast, light char, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a fantastic balance of roasted malt/hop flavors with balanced bitterness; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full body; with a fairly creamy, slick, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial black IPA! Awesome balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. An extremely delicious offering.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonnybgoodie (15) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2014
Really beautiful beer. Aromas os caramel, toffee, chocolate, citrus, peanuts. taste is bitter chocolate with mint. trappiste rochefort 8 with american hops. amazing.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mainuh_man (173) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2014
0.33L bottle. Pours clear black-red with a frothy, tan head. Nice combination of malt and hop aromas on this one. Resiny and floral hops, roasted malt, coffee, and some basement aromas, almost like camembert. Initial flavors are quite sweet with bready malt. Floral and resiny hop flavor, transitions to bitterness with lots of burnt malt flavor and herby hop, leaving warm alcohol in the back of the throat and chest. Full-body with a creamy mouthfeel and average carbonation. Overall, there’s a lot to like in this beer. It’s on the sweeter side, but has a great profile all-around.


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