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RATINGS: 345   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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A Black Imperial IPA.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3183) - Longueuil, Quebec, - JAN 31, 2013
Bouteille de 750ml meilleure avant le 06 sep 2015. Męme présentation que la To Ol sans frontičre avec le «foil» blanc sur la capsule métallique. Merci Patrick. Bičre noire avec une mousse beige. Au nez le brasseur a bien orchestré le tout, du chocolat léger avec une touche houblonnée florale. En bouche l’effervescence est quelque peu marquée par un excčs de gaz carbonique mais ce n’est pas désastreux. Aucune trace d’alcool, cette bičre se boit ŕ grandes lampées.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (2124) - BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2014
Luxury beer on 75 cl bottles and if I didn’t miss out on anything, this must be Belgium’s first ’black IPA’. Sticky, yellowish white, stable head, very dark bronze colour approaching black. Aroma of coffee grounds, bitter chocolate, tobacco, whisky, nutmeg, candied dates, pepper, leather, citrus peel, parsley. Deep and thick but smooth chocolatey maltiness, powdery mouthfeel, candied fruits, oily texture, complex spiciness, finishing in a beautiful array of mouth-filling coffee bitterness, peppery and citrussy hoppiness and whisky-like, warming alcohol adding to the complexity. So far the best Musketeers beer I have tasted - but I’m still looking for those special Magma editions.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (446) - SERBIA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle 0.33l from De Hopduvel beer shop Ghent Belgium.Pour it dark colour with small white head.Taste and aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, hops, coffee.Not classic Black IPA more some kind of stout.But very very good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
outlawskies (964) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie does not like. Compares to licking moldie st UFC. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (427) - HUNGARY - OCT 4, 2014
Csak dicsérni tudom ezt a főzdét, a korábban kóstolt két sörről is ódákat zengenék, s ez a típus, ha lehet, még kevésbé okoz meglepetést ízét illetően. A komlóra épülő, angolszász stílust nagyszerűen képviseli, egyszersmind tagadhatatlanul belga alkotás. Quadrupeles aromái nagyszerűen hordozzák magukon a marcipános, gyantás, túlérett gyümölcsök, füge és mazsola illatait. Speciális és rendkívüli módon szerethető black ipa, melynek íze tartalmas, likőrben úszó aszalt gyümölcsök, tűlevelű komló vonalait viseli, élesztőtől duzzadó kortyai kirobbanóan teltek. Marcipános lágyságát egy szigorú komlós zárás tereli más irányba, feledhetetlen élménnyel gazdagítva fogyasztóját.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sheffield (6) - IRELAND - OCT 1, 2014 does not count
Bottle from hopduvel Ghent. Pours high with fading thick white head. Smell of liquorice fruit and alcohol. Higly carbonated. Sticky malt taste with a lighter bitter and slightly boozy finish. Class Belgian strong ale with a modern twist

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Narkee (15) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2014
Pours a dark brown and is unlike the black appearance of most black IPAs. Nice light tan head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweet with vanilla, milk chocolate and molasses. Some figs also present. The palate is silky smooth and medium carbonation. The taste is a rich combination of sweet vanilla upfront which is taken over by a lovely roasted coffee bitterness. Really interesting take on this style and I was pleasantly surprised.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (206) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2014
Pours opaque dark brown with a frothy 2 finger khaki head. The aroma is quite roasty, toffee, coffee, chocolate, with a hint of floral hops but not really any citrus but quite inviting nonetheless. Taste is initially sweet with chocolate, burnt caramel, plums, vanilla bean which then receives some grapefuit zest bitterness to cut through some of the sweetness. Medium bodied. Not much sign at all of the 9.2% ABV. Black IPAs aren?t normally my favourite style but this leans more towards an imperial stout and was highly enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomekk1978 (509) - POLAND - SEP 20, 2014
Barwa: ciemno brązowa, pod światło miedziana, klarowna na początku, potem bardziej zmętniona. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, gęsta i obfita, ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Aromat: ciemne słody, czekolada, lekka paloność oraz chmiel owocowo - ziołowy i niewielka nuta alkoholowa. Dość spójny, choć stonowany. Smak: pełny, początkowo słodki, z bardziej wytrawnymi akcentami. Czekolada, lekka palność i kawa oraz wyraźnie zaznaczona goryczka, minimalnie zalegająca końcówka, nieco alkoholowa i rozgrzewająca. Piwo z browaru The Muskeeters warzone w De Proef. Belgijskie, ciemne IPA w wersji imperialnej. Do tego z wykorzystaniem 100% belgijskiego chmielu. Może nie jest on wielce charakterystyczny, ale wyraźnie wyczuwalny w aromacie i smaku. Całość jest spójna i pijalna, mimo sporej dawki alkoholu, do tego naprawdę interesująca.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13884) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
On tap Earl of Essex. Black beer lasting beige head. Chocolate aroma. Smooth in mouth some grapefruit lime hop. Thick in mouth but amazingly tasty. Good lime bitterness on the finish. Good beer. Hides abv well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleigator (245) - 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.


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