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Wachusett Imperial Black IPA

Wachusett Imperial Black IPA
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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9004) - Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle shared by brew3crew in March 2012. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have dark roasted malts, black coffee notes, earthy bitterness and some green hops. Finish tends toward the dry side with a bittersweet note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2013
In short: A weird ‘green’ and roasted black ipa. Strange.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed a few weeks after purchase.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention.
In long: The hoppy nose is very very green, green hop pellets, green pine needles, green grass and even green aromas that are probably not hop-related such as green algae and green peppers. Taste is very roasted, burnt toasts, some blackberries, medium sweetness sensation, a weird green juicy herbal/grassy bitterness that also has vegetal bitterness (like cucumber peel). Almost none of the usual coffee-chocolate-caramel, just plain roast and residual sugars. Not too sure what to make out of this one, nothing really bad but the whole thing felt very ‘off’. Something did not turn out right but I’m not sure what. Strangely, as off as this beer was, it remained somewhat drinkable. I thought my bottle had flaws but apparently a dude named Steve likes this beer, not sure what to make of it since I don’t know who he is, anyway I’ll re-rate if I try another bottle or if I hear more about this Steve dude.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2960) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2013
[bottle] Excellent hoppy aroma that blends well with chocolate and a little vanilla; grapefruit, pine, and strawberry hops. Opaque black with brown-ruby highlights under an eternal tan cover. Smooth yet very hoppy flavour with an alcohol sweetness in counterpoint to a smooth chocolate and malty sweetness. Excellent balance all around, including an assertive bitterness. Medium body, medium carbonation, chocolatey bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Pours like straight Coca-Cola, complete with charcoal-amber coloring, and spritely carbonation, but with a much denser head. Smells of licorice, salty raisins, and sugary malts, with light citric notes. The taste starts with caramel and brown sugar, immediately followed by roasted, sugary malts; finishing with the sweetness of the malts, and the coniferous, yet lightly citric, hops. The palette gets quite a workout, as it is quite full, fizzy and sappy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2013
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un large col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de torréfaction avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de torréfaction en arrière goût. (Rating #4561)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhatB420 (838) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2012
12oz from variety into a belgian. Marshmellow tan head, creamy and thick pour. Taste is malty, coffee, vanilla, hoppy and full bodied. Black carcoal color, fierce malt bite and enough ipa resemblance to foster an enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Aroma of bitter coffee and sharp pine hops. Straight black with lacy tan head. Initial resiny bitter start, then quickly fades to a not particularly oaty malt aftertaste. Black IPA is the new ’in’ style that B+ grade brewers seem to shoot themselves in the foot with. The basic contradictory elements make for a beer that is similar to a strong, bitter porter, only with strange starchy finish.This one’s not bad, but seems like any other. Thick and husky body, nice and filling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11767) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Bomber from Nikki’s Liquors, Providence. Pours a clear dark reddish brown color with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention and nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and herbal, floral hops. The taste is sweet and roasted malts, nutty notes, herbal hops. Medium bodied. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (9319) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
My Bottom Line :
Toasted malts greet resinous hops, while blueberry edges and vanilla dally about this Imperial Black IPA’s chewy mouthfeel.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sizeable head of foam covers the darkness with brown highlights.
-The finish is not too hoppy; strange for this appellation.
-Hops could definitely be brighter throughout.
-Is it me or there is a pickled phantom lurking in the back that portends a dire future for this batch?


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6717) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Robert brought this one back from a trip to Boston. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy dark tan head that left good lacing. The aroma was malty and somewhat bitter with notes of cocoa and vague rough floral hops. The flavor was dry tobacco, smoke, raosty malts, fairly bitter with rough floral hops and noticeable alcohol. The finish was very long, dry and roasty with lingering roastiness and booziness. Moderately full bodied adn creamy. More of a stout than and imperial black IPA.

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