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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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A Black Imperial IPA.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (438) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Davros (1806) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (3313) - 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 (2728) - 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 (2203) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierFiend (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Pours dark brown with two fingers of off white head. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and hops. Tastes of bitter, hops, chocolate, and roasted malts. Nice long bitter on the tongue with low carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EddyBeer1 (760) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2013 Brune rougeâtre, pétillance fine, très peu de mousse. Malts caramel-café, assez ronde et onctueuse, bonne présence de chocolat et de fruits noirs blets, amertume des plus agréable sur la fin. Une très bonne Black IPA!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (1491) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2013
330 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with medium foamy head. Aromas of pine, blackberries, malts and a hint of vanilla. Flavors of dark fruit, light tobacco, spruce, and roasted malts. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MonsterMagnet (60) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, earthy notes, chocolate, citrus, bit of alcohol. Taste: coffee, roasted malts, hops, hints of tropical fruit, light sparkling carbonation that quickly disappears in the mouth and smoothens. Fairly bitter with a long lingering warming coffee/cocao/citrus finish. Love it!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (3165) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - SEP 4, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 Murky brown body with big, stable and bubbly tan head. Nice balance between a Belgian style yeast, sweet caramel malts and fresh, modern hops. Humous, pumpkin cake, bit floral. Very nice. Fresh but also alcoholic taste. Maybe more watery than expected. Sharp end and lots of residual sugars. Still definitely enough hops as well. Quite a powerful and modern beer, but not refined. (75cl bottle) Re-rate. Black appearance, quite clean. Very well balanced yet strong coffee and hop mix, modern. Makes me want to dive in. Cake, roasted and butty malts yet not sweet, providing a balance to a proper amount if hop bitterness. Not over the top but very drinkable and every sip is taste again. Layered taste, powerful and still a great cleanliness. Long ending. Delicious. Either I changed, the situation or this beer, buy I loved it this time (old rating 3.3). (Bottle at Berthom Tours)


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