j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2010
On tap at the Blind Tiger. Pours an almost clear ruby brown with a thin beige to tan soda bubble head. Sweet fruit, roast, toast and spicy hops on the nose. Earthy caramel notes. Thin to medium bodied, sweet and roasty. Char and a bit of acid, but just from it being cask I think. Long roast, toast, and grapefruit on the finish. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Cask at BT. Pours a very rich deep dark black oily body with almost no head. Aroma is oily, licorice, toffee, light burnt ashy notes, some medium pine resin and citrusy hops but seemed like a moderately hopped strong baltic porter. Flavor is anise, burnt chocolate, toast, oily mouthfeel, rich bittersweet chocolate, roast, earth, licorice root, - a touch slick in the end with a medium hoppiness and a bigger bitter chocolate bite in the end. Ok. TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Poured a deep black with a tan head. Nose is very hoppy and piny and citrusy. Had this on a gravity keg. Very full bodied and robust ale. Lots of hops but a big malt backbone balances it very well. Really drinkable and really tasty. Finish is big and bittter. Well done mabel (10004) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2010
[3436-20101029] Cask. Not much aroma, a little citrus pulp. Black body with a long-lasting creamy brown head. Bitter citrus wood malt flavour has a pause and then a roast malt aftertaste. Full body. Interesting, quite drinkable.
davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
(Cask Days @ Volo, Toronto, ON)
Tap at Volo, on cask. Exceptional beer, almost full marks. Aromas of chocolate, grass, and coffee. Sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Syrupy, with a medium-to-full body. Black, with a frothy white head.
jercraigs (11071) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2010
2010-10-29. Very dark brown-black body, small frothy tan head. 3+ Modest roast and green hops in aroma. 7+ Flavour is similar, modest roast and hop character. 7+ Smooth average plus palate. Solid, very drinkable but lacks the complexity and oomph of the Volo ’V’ sampled earlier. Enjoyable. Cask at Volo, Toronto neuromatt (1226) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2010
On cask for Cask Days at Volo in Toronto. Served in an English pint glass. Pours hazy dark chestnut with a small rocky tan head. The head remains but leaves no lace. The nose has notes of roasted malts, molasses, chocolate, pine and some citrus. There is also a strange hint of vinyl in this cask. The flavour is roasty throughout, with a bitterness that becomes fairly intense towards the end. The finish is long and roasty with bitter hops. On the palate, it is medium in body with a watery-oily texture and flat carbonation. Overall, this does well in combining roasted malts with citrusy hops. The finish is nice. The aroma was decent apart from the weird vinyl. Perhaps this was related to the way the cask was tapped? 2010-10-29 rederic (3344) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
Dark brown color, with a tan-colored head, leaving some lacing, black, chocolate, dark malt, cocoa powder nose, with a mild chocolate, back coffee note with a light floral grassy, leafy accent in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, flowery hop piney, grassy character upfront with some faint bitter dark chocolatey flavour, within a some roasted, black, chocolate malt accents, leading towards a warming, dark bitter chocolate, lingering hop pellet, piney, resiny bittering finish. godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
cask at the brewpub. pours black with a thick off white head that left lots of lacing. aroma is dominated by hops, with some roasted malts. taste is very hoppy, a bit earthy and nutty, with a long bitter finish. mouthfeel is above average, and it is medium to heavy bodied. not bad, but not one of my favourites from thsi brewery. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Coniferous hops and roasted malts coalesce, hugged by caramelized passages for an intense but balanced Imperial Black IPA experience.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam laces all around the brown-edged blackness.
-The resinous hop bitterness is powerful, but never linear. Roasted malts join in.
-I can’t say this is a complex example of the style, but it is nonetheless very enjoyable and well crafted.
-Even though this is very good, I think I still prefer their regular strength Black IPA (Pénombre) which has a similar flavor profile, but more drinkability.
Bottle at the brewpub; nearly a year old.