Great Lakes Brewery 25th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA

Formerly brewed at Great Lakes Brewery (Ontario)
Style: Black IPA
Etobicoke, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 4.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
... Massive amounts of hops are added late in the boil and in the fermenter (dry hop) to create a wonderfully aromatic and powerful ale. Dark malts give out IPA several more layers of flavour such as chocolate, coffee, anise and roasted malts that we hope youll enjoy exploring. American IPAs dont travel as well as their traditional relatives so please consume as fresh as possible.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hungarian_G (90) - - NOV 29, 2012
Pours BLACK with a nice beige pillowy head. Immediate aroma of a damp evergreen forest rounded out by roasted coffee beans and citrusy hops. Big hop taste, but not a one-trick pony by any means. Lots of nice malt flavours, roast coffee and dark chocolate notes and resinous pine. The 100 IBUs doesnt really show up until an astringent bitter alcohol aftertaste which lingers for quite some time. A very nice beer and a good way to celebrate 25 years!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
750 mL bottle. Lovely pour. There are more hops in the head than there are in a skid of Coors Light. Lots of hop flavour and aroma. Not too sweet. Body thins out at the end - needs more caramalt or something. Booze is completely hidden by the bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinsenn (2173) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
750mL bottle, from LCBO (hidden in the back room - by request only?). Pours nearly opaque black, with a thin tan head. Terrific citrus fruit hoppy aroma, with some smooth chocolate in there too. Taste is hoppy bitter, with brown sugar, tropical fruit, chocolate and coffee. Some black IPAs are a mess, but this one blends the fruity hops with the dark malts perfectly. Even my usually-picky wife loved this one. A definite winner. If GLB would brew stuff like this as their "regulars", they could be right up there with the great American craft breweries.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (2563) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2012
Awesome top to bottom. Pours cola black with an initial big foamy tan head that fades to a nice light covering. Lacing is looooong. Nose is pine and some roasted notes. Aromas are big hops... Pine, some grapefruit. Also some burnt toast and maybe a hint of spice back there. Tastes are huge bitter hops and light sweet. Medium body in mouth with lively carbonation. Stellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sseb69 (1883) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2014 Bouteille 750 ml. 9.5% 100 IBU ! Couleur noire, mousse beige-brune. Arme de HOUBLON frais, herbes quisautent au nez...ensuite un peu de torrfaction. En bouche, malt grill, un peu de chocolat et espresso et encore du houblon. Finale en amertume persistante et caf noir. Exellente Black IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spab (3728) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
750 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a dark brown/black with good-sized light brown head with lots of retention. Aroma is big green, grapefruity hops that almost have a little spiciness to them and roasted coffee-ish/chocolate-ish malt. Flavour is also very hoppy with a solid roasty malt backbone. Alcohol is quite hidden (until youve had a whole bottle). Medium plus body. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
barncatmatt (2283) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
750ml bottle shared by jsprime with me and joel. black with a tan head. incredibly impressive nose, it just explodes out of the glass. the flavour is not quite as good as the nose but its still very impressive. this drink much lighter then the abv. best black ipaive had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hangunder (305) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2012
Aroma is citrus, resin, roasty, chocolate. Dark, viscous appearance. Complex flavor, malty upfront, bitter hops, sweet, then bitter lingering on the palate. Medium to heavy bodied but not syrupy. Good American style black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
2012-11-08. Black body, nice tan head and lace. Pleasantly hoppy, leafy green hop character. 7++ Flavour is similar, nice bitterness throughout, green leafy hops, nice malty core. 7++ Average plus bodied palate. Less complex than the Puzzler was earlier, but richer and dangerously drinkable. Lovely stuff. On tap at Project X at Wvrst, Toronto

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
Dark black pour with a tight dark head. The aroma is quite spicy and peppery. More chocolate and less resin than the Puzzler. A touch of spiciness. Pretty nice as well.

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