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Nickel Brook Malevolent - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 3
Hads: 27
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 41.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Better Bitters Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 04-21-2013

We don’t actually wish you harm but our Malevolent Imperial Black IPA will assault your taste buds with wreck-less abandon! Evil might be represented in its black colour. Alcohol is definitely there. But Simcoe, Columbus and Amarillo hops have been used to a disturbing amount to give the flavour and aroma in this behemoth Imperial Black IPA. You have been warned!
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Reviews: 3 | Hads: 27
Photo of tomghiley
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a great IPA, it looks beautiful, nice black color, almost like a satin, strong hop presence of a nicely toasted malt. despite its strength, it is wonderfully balanced.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint served on tap at Rib Eye Jack's Burlington location. Malevolent is a beer I've been looking for but haven't been able to find for quite a while now, glad to finally get a chance to try it,

Appearance - Jet black beer with a long lasting finger of tan head that lingers on top. Some decent lacing left around the glass. Looks ominous,

Smell - Big nose that is typical yet well executed. Some hoppy tropical goodness with citrus fruits and a hint of melon followed by a dark roasty aroma, charred grains and a subtle hint of coffee.

Taste - Exactly like the nose, lots of citrus and tropical flavors up front, followed by a roasty grain backbone. Some coffee ground flavor is present but only there in that the bitterness of the hops mixes this flavor with a bitter tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel - It's heavy but for a 9.5% ABV Black IPA, it's actually light on its feet, with modest carbonation. Feels pretty good and booze isn't too noticeable.

Overall - Disclaimer, I love Black IPA's I feel like I'm getting the best of many worlds, with a big hop aroma and flavor with some supreme bitterness yet a big roasty flavor usually on the back ends that I enjoy so much in stouts. Malevolent hits all of the criteria, and while not being the best in the style that I have tried, it's a damn fine example and something I will revisit, should it become regularly available, or if I happen to come back to this location.Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bar Hop. Hits the style, biased towards roasty beer with some mineral hops. Interesting though not the best I have had in the style. Above average carbonation and body. A little watered down, surprisingly high abv, but did not track booziness.

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Nickel Brook Malevolent from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.