oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Curious little beer here, a wicked Black IPA that relishes in its excess. The malts are huge, providing a enormous wave of chocolate and toffee, countering the lingering, bitter, venomous hop streak that lines every molecule of the brew. A little too boozy for comfort-- I’m feeling every point of that ABV. Also, I’m not sure why they’d use hemp seed-- not the tastiest ingredient of all time, so I’m guessing its raison d’etre is for the wink-wink drug reference. Clever.
Chad9976 (1343) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Opaque black body, forms a rather large, brownish, creamy head. It does dissolve a little quicker than I’d prefer, but not completely and leaves decent lacing on the glass.
Smell: Big grapefruit and general citrus aroma with an underlying confectionery sweetness.
Taste: It seems like everyone is brewing a black IPA these days, some stronger than others, but what separates Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from the pack is the fact it’s brewed with hemp seed. This helps to accentuate the earthy/resiny/piney characteristics of the hops. And this certainly is a hop bomb with strong, dank bitterness immediately. As it changes to the second half a sharp, somewhat astringent quality appears momentarily, but then quickly fades away (I’m assuming this is from the hemp seed). The finish is mostly the same as the beginning, but with an additional malty sweetness. It’s more akin to a porter than a stout, which is a little odd considering how big the beer is.
And while the hops certainly are the main attraction here, there’s still a noticeable sweetness to the palate. After a few swigs the beginning starts to seem sweeter with dark chocolate and coffee creamer flavors. Maybe a hint of caramel, too, and the aftertaste also has these flavors. It’s a very appealing palate and the complete lack of alcohol taste or warmth makes it all the more impressive. Had they left the hemp out it’d be a perfect beer as that astringency is a tad distracting, but easily tolerated.
Drinkability: You’d never know this beer was 9.2% ABV if it weren’t on the label. It has the body and weight of something half its size. The mouthfeel is soft, full-bodied for sure, but isn’t sticky and chewy like many imperial IPAs often are. The texture is velvety and creamy and it slides across the tongue and down the throat with ease. The only caveat is the hops do linger, leaving an almost cloying resiny film on the tongue and drying out the mouth. Paired with a robust meal or as a liquid dessert is the best way to drink this beer.
glennmastrange (2383) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy malt aromas of toasted almost burnt, molasses, and dark chocolate, resin for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with hints of pepper, licorice and charcoal. head is large, between frothy and creamy, light tan with fair lacing and god legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then the long finish is lightly acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily with a soft carbonation. Mouth-filling and very bold, this is a perfectly made Black IPA and the 9% is very well disguised.
Syzzer (605) - Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice solid malts but there are much more hops. (IBU: 104). Solid brew, good tan head. Exceptional beer
GSH1976 (219) - Delaware, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There is a lot going on with this beer. Pours a dark black with minimal tan head. Aroma is citrus, pine and roasted malt. Body is on the heavy side. Taste is a nice balance between hops and malt with neither overpowering. It is smooth considering the high abv. There are some chocolate/coffee/roasted malt notes. Along with the sweetness there is also a mild bitterness in the finish. This is a nice beer.
nick76 (4302) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is fit for the style with lots of pine and citrus hops as well as porter like qualities of burnt malt, chocolate, and coffee. The appearance is dark with a large head. The taste is like the aroma and very bitter. The palate is exactly as it should. Overall a good example of the style.
jwr07 (113) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque sit ruby highlights. Smells pleasantly hoppy, with an austere pale malt touch. Nice medium body, quite hoppy, satisfactory malt backbone. I can’t really taste the hemp seeds, but I can’t taste the 9.2% abv at all either so call it a fair trade. Impressive effort.
wlajwl (4343) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is citrus/piney hops and a hint of malts. The flavor is malts, grapefruit and a mildly nutty/sweet finish.
Barreras (1168) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a cola brown almost black with aroma of sweet malt, and mild citrus.
Taste is of chocolate mixed with black licoric. A malty character throughout, the palate is a little hoppy with a minimum of sweetness after the taste. The alcohol content is evident all the way thru the beer.
BelgianBeerGal (3322) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Traded bottle. This pours like a porter with a large milk-chocolate head and nice lacing. Big aroma of sweet hops and a little simple syrup. Wow, strong bite and bitterness but not overpowering; well balanced. Really no clue on the 9+ ABV other than a little tongue tingle...or was it the hemp seed? Very nice.