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RATINGS: 327   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 (3138) - Longueuil, Quebec, - JAN 31, 2013
Bouteille de 750ml meilleure avant le 06 sep 2015. Même présentation que la To Ol sans frontière avec le «foil» blanc sur la capsule métallique. Merci Patrick. Bière 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 excès de gaz carbonique mais ce n’est pas désastreux. Aucune trace d’alcool, cette bière se boit à grandes lampées.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (1550) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (1862) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle@midland tasting group. Muddy brown beer with small head and floaters. Aroma of licorice, dark malts and prunes. Taste is a little pine resin, licorice, dark malts and prunes again. A little syrupy on the palate. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Buczer (208) - Pabianice, POLAND - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle 330ml, pours dark brown, cloudy with stable off-white head. Intense aroma of coffee mixed with some herbal and resin notes of hops, and a little bit of alcohol. Medium bitterness, some chocolate and coffee notes. Also some alcohol noticable. Suprisingly light body as for imperial, soft carbonation, nice bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommann (2702) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
750ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a small head. Aroma is smoky banana and liquorice. Taste has a smooth chocolate start. Fruity bitter coffee finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (2748) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle at Midlands Tasting Group; hazy dark brown pour with a frothy beige head, aroma had coffee, pine and citrus, taste has coffee, plain chocolate, liquorice, pine and some citrus.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guiroul33 (15) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - AUG 23, 2014
Aroma: coffee, caramel, chocolate, roasty, smoke, woody. Appearance: black, cloudy, white foam. Taste: low sweetness, high bitterness. Palate: full body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter. Overall: Great beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparf (115) - Östersund, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2014
Doftar torkade frukter och en melassartad maltighet. Svaga chokladtoner och aning alkohol. Finns även tall och tendens till jäst. Nästan svart brygd med ett tätt och varaktigt mockafärgat skum av toppklass. Bra lämningar. Smaken är rejält besk och komplex. Här lyfter chokladen mer och det söta står tillbaka, även om fruktigheten är tydlig. Riktigt intressant och oförutsägbar. En lite kryddig och lång eftersmak där både malten och beskan hänger i. Tämligen fyllig kropp. Ganska mycket kolsyra men den behövs för att balansera upp komplexiteten.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mainuh_man (100) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sevenlee (1298) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2014
Pours a cloudy dark red brown with a beige head. Aroma is malt, roastiness, fruit, yeast and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a fruity and hoppy finish. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (1645) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - AUG 17, 2014
75cl bottle, traded at ZBF 2013, merci, shared at Hugi’s homebrew Tasting. Pours a matt black, generous beige head. Immediate charred malt, ground Nescafe, roast porter aromas in the nose, given an earthy-white pepper edge from the BE hops. Taste also is very blackened malt forward, going on ashen, soil, pollen and floral notes gently coming in to join the dry molasses and caramel as it warms, with none of its 9,2% apparent. Along the lines of De la Senne’s BE interpretation of a Black IPA, with less lustre, tilting more towards Imperial porter on account of the ground coffee and raw powder chocolate graininess.


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