Travlr (25828) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Draft at Beer Revolution Calgary. Almost black color, tan had, decent lacing. Aroma of bright pine and pinecones. Taste is roasted cocoa, lightly burnt espresso. Very nice. Oakes (18543) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
Dark brown. Fruity, vinous and barrelly Rich, funky but maybe too much hop because this does not totally come together. Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
A deep dark brown IPA with a thick moka to brown head. In aroma, pleasant chocolate and hops, light herbaceous notes, metallic notes. In mouth, a good bitter chocolate and coffee, good floral hops, pinhey and lingering, bitter and smooth. On tap at Mondiale de la Bière 2010. BeerandBlues2 (13706) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Tap at Beer Revolution Craft Beer and Pizza Bar. Pours clear, opaque black with a medium, creamy tan head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is earthy, spicy, pine, and resin hops with chocolate and roast malt, prunes and raisins. Flavor is earthy hops and medium bitterness with dark malt, dark fruits, and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. Bov (13221) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 21, 2012
j12601 (13035) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2010
- black beer with a long lasting beige foam; fresh hoppiness and note of black cherries; full-bodied, some earthy tartness and a robust bitterness; quite fair astringency from the wood; dry and solidly woody, roasted coffe and licorice - robust and with lot of character
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. Sammy (12616) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
On-tap at Mondiale 2010. Black with three-eight inch of white foam. Coffee roast taste, a good taste of coffee, and lemon. Roast and hop aromas. Carbonation is a bit above average, and the mouthfeel is creamy and above average. Malty backbone. Artistic lace is present at the end of this fine drink. jercraigs (10731) - 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 sebletitje (10287) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2014
Draft @ ML Fontainas, Québec event.
Brune foncée, col épais crémeux tirant sur le moka.
Arôme est houblonné et léger ponctué par un malté chocolaté pointe de drêche pour un malté restant bcp plus présent.
Palais met l’accent sur le smalts, léger chocolat et moka accompagnés d’un léger grillé. Houblon reste un peu plus discret ajoutant une faible note d’amertume et de frutié. Malt rappelant aussi un pâle et dark crystal avec en toute find e bouche un houblonné perçant sur le pin; Simcoe?
Sympa mais le houblon aurait pu être mis un peu plus en avant. MartinT (10037) - 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.