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35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA

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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-28-2014

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Ratings: 163 | Reviews: 31
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Photo of Beaver13
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz wax covered bottle. Pours reddish brown with a huge creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted caramel and molasses malts and spicy rye with piney hops and a bit of leather.

The flavor is sweet cola malts and molasses with a lot of roast piney bitterness and a bit of spicy rye. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is slightly watery.

Overall, an OK black IPA. It's a bit thin and sweet.

Photo of chinchill
2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the Barrel Republic.

Appearance: Dark, clear red-brown with a very large, creamy tan head that leaves a coat of lacing.

Aroma: Surprisingly vegetative (squash) aspect.

Flavor: better than the aroma suggests, and hoppy, but still not real good.

Feel: Medium+ body with medium-high but soft carbonation. Smooth.

O: Poor beer or quality control issue?

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this at Goebels in Wichita...

Pours a crimson hued mahogany with a thumb of tan head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Roastyness. dark fruit, but fades quickly

T: Roastyness, some figgyness, & booze up front, a little charred grain & baker's chocolate up front. Slight raisin & dark chocolate notes, some roastyness, some coffee notes as well once warm, also a little bit of carob & coffee. Finishes roasty with a little bit of charred grain & carob & boozeyness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly vigorous carbonation; carbonation smooths out as this warms . Warming with nice balance

I like this, a good take on the style, drank easy

Photo of ThickNStout
2.43/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Green wax capped 22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. Best by 10/03/14, I assume bottled 4/3/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours dark cola brown with a robust three finger beige head. Nice retention and some pretty heavy lacing. It's a shame that this is the high point.

Smells of pine, floral hops, malted barley and a vague, almost fruity yeast. To my tastes this seems off for the style.

Flavor is filled with bitter floral and earthy roasty notes. Earthy petals, bitter pine, grapefruit rind, char, cheap chocolate and roast malts with a little booze. There are indeed notes of both heavy hopping and dark malts but it remains overly bitter without striking any semblance of balance.

Chalky, medium body with abundant carbonation. Bitter floral and burnt roast finish.

My initial impression is that I'd expect more after 35 years in business. Average at best, this is heavy in only my least favorite aspects of piney and dark malts. It's not wretched or anything but I poured over half of the bomber because there are way too many things I'd rather be drinking to waste any more time here.

Photo of tjsmith910
2.56/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

not at all what i expected

Photo of DrDemento456
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found this at my local House of 1,000 beers in the 20% off section. Figured what the heck at 8 bucks it can't be terrible. Into a pint glass.

A - Ah wax top a slight annoyance but classy. Huh not as dark as I expected some escape able light at the base giving a slight amber hue to the darkness and head is a very creamy mocha brown. Excellent lacing is winning me over so far.
S - even though bottled 8 months ago it has a strong herbal pine bite that resolves to a grapefruit hop zest. Slight underlining roasts great me with a bit of sweet malts in the smell.
T - Actually quite exceptional the hops have taken a bit of a backseat giving me a DIPA citrus/mango experience. Roasty malts have also mended together quite well giving a bit of coffee and a very good smokey taste to the finish.
M - Very creamy and balanced it never goes beyond medium body despite it's high octane ABV.

Overall I am very impressed with this dare I say this may have been the best Black IPA I have had all year! Wax top for the win! If you see it pick it up you will not be disappointed!

Photo of CHickman
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boulder 35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA-9.5% ABV (on tap at Rattle-N-Hum, NYC) pours pitch black color with brown near the edges when light hits it and a small off white head that faded and left great sticky lacing and rings clinging to the sides. Smells of piney hops, caramel, burnt grains, molasses, floral hops, herbs, cocoa power and light vanilla and oaky notes. More dark ale than IPA but nice in malty way. Tastes like it smells with piney hops and toasted chocolate malts the dominant flavor, followed by caramel, burnt grains, molasses, floral hops, herbs, cocoa power, citrus notes, light vanilla, and oaky notes. Only above average overall, it had a medium body and average carbonation, ending with smoky malt notes but only mild hop contributions. It hid the alcohol well but was just not exciting to drink. A decent beer, not a hophead special.

Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass:

Pours very dark brown with a thin, lasting tan head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of herbal notes mixed with chocolate and roast.

The taste is of chocolate and coffee. Herbal bitterness and roast are in the finish.

It hits full-bodied, though carbonation is a tad aggressive. Alcohol very well-hidden.

This is enjoyable hoppy, dark "sipper"!

Congratulations on 35 years Boulders! Thanks for the good beers!

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: The body is the color of dark chocolate with a lighter brown appearing on the edges when held up to the light. An oatmeal flake colored head calms to a chunky film that leaves random lines of thick lacing.

Aroma: A good combination of chocolate and earthy, woody pine, then a touch of black licorice and subtle booziness underneath.

Taste: The malts really come out with some semi-sweet chocolate before moving into a more earthy, spicy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: A little watery and dry.

Overall: Really flavorful, and I think the malts dominate the hops.

Photo of Mikus
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at our local craft brew gastropub... poured in a 23 oz doric pint glass. Very, very deep transluscent brown, not quite black... with a bit of lighter brown/mahogany shining through the edges in the light. About a finger of whitish head, which dissipated quickly. Very excellent looking brew. The nose was a bit light, just a bit of hoppy, citrus scent coming through. Great bitterness on the palate, a modicum of roasty, malt goodness, however, perhaps a bit overpowered by the bitter notes. Medium body, with good carbonation, a bit more on the IPA end than the black ale, darker end of things. Overall, a nice effort, perhaps a bit overpowered by the bitterness... clean, refreshing, and enjoyable. Not sure if it is quite worth the 35th anniversary moniker, but I wouldn't be disappointed if this found its way into my glass.

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +7.5%

I liked this one. Seems like a rich porter with some hoppiness added rater than the usual subdued roasted malt and bigger hop flavor of most Black Ales. Pours a dense dark brown color with some yellow and red light coming throuh. Big tan head with good retention and some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is rich, more like a Porter than a Black Ale. Plenty of malt, some chocolate and coffee. Grassy hops are noticeable in the aroma as well.

Taste is like a hoppy Porter. All the malty/chocoldate and coffee elements are there with some grassy and floral hops presence too.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich with a nice balace between the malt smoothness and some hoppiness.

Tasty beer, not a typical Black Ale but a good easy-sipping brew.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a dark brown color with sheets of lace. The aroma has roasted malts, maple, wood, and chocolate.

The taste is more bitter, the hops come through nice and piney, with a good punch of roasted malt. Alcohol is noticeable, but on nitro I guess it's harder to hide.

Obviously a smooth creamy feel, the body lighter than full but more than medium, like how Babe Ruth was less than a God but more than man.

Overall, this beer is strong and it's dangerous on nitro for the ease of drinking and the feel. I wish I had this in college.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Super black in color, no transparency at all, a nice finger of tan head at the top that leaves a tiny bit of lacing around the glass as you drink it.

S: Some chocolate and earthyness right off the bat, with a hint of alcohol and roasted malts on the tail end.

T: The malts and chocolate are right up front, some earthyness and the hops give it a nice kick and spice to the beer.

M: Watery, not to much carbonation, and slight stickyness.

O: Not a terrible beer, but not one that I will have again, just not very well balanced and not to much great taste, easy drinker.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/15/2014. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/roasted malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pineapple, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, balance, and robustness of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/roasted malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and slightly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial black IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/roasted malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp drinking for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vast veils of lacing in the tulip glass. PIney and funky with a little fruit and lots of that scratchy hop in the back of the throat.

Lots of aromatic hop flavors with a moderately bitter aftertaste. A hint of licorice along with a sour tang. Tangerine peels. Roasted malt with a little sweetness of dried mango. Long bitter aftertaste.

A big pleasant mouthfeel. The sweet undertone is quite friendly. Charred malt and sweet saxophone. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquor in Denver.

Photo of SebastRain
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

Very happy with this, not crazy over hopped, just the right amount of aroma/bitterness. I really like this brewery. Have been a fan for a long time. Congratulations on the anniversary!

Photo of ONUMello
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle best by October, 2014 poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a thin head
S: Toasted malts and a nice hoppiness, though rather generic
T: Like the nose. Certainly past its best-by date though didn't taste old, just not that complex. Nice mix of dark malt and hops
M: Medium-bodied, somewhat bitter, hides the alcohol well
O: A decent black IPA but nothing more; kudos to Boulder for providing us with now 36 years of alternatives to bland beer!

Photo of Uno
4.99/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a very good beer, overall, but I'm not sure it's a black IPA (or, rather, American Black Ale). Tastes almost like an imperial stout to me (which isn't a bad thing, as far as I'm concerned).

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Skuter's tasting.

Enjoy by 10/3/14.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, earth, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that leans more towards stout qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev +7.5%

On cask at taproom.

Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep mahagony red and brown body with a very thick, chunky, sand-colored head; big globs of sticky foam clinging to the glass. Pine and citrus aroma infused with hints of cocoa and crème de menthe. Light chocolate and dark roasted malt flavor combined with a wild hop bitterness and edgy alcohol heat simmering beneath. Medium bodied; a bit watery in nature; dry finish.

A good if slightly off-balanced black IPA. Top marks for the looks and aroma but the taste is relatively weak on the malt character and a bit too edgy with the boozy notes and leaves a smidgeon of phenolic presence. I wouldn't turn down another beer if given the chance.

Photo of CTaylorBrew
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my Dogfish Head IPA glass. Thick 1 1/2” - 2” light tan head (that this glass tends to do), that took over 3 minutes to dissipate, leaving substantial lacing down the glass. Dark chocolate brown color, with a medium red hue.
Sweet dark malts right away on the nose
Sweet malt taste first, followed by hop bitterness with multiple layers rounding it out; nice complexity. Alcohol is present but not displeasing, well hidden at 9.5 %.
Good mouthfeel, with a slight creaminess and medium to medium low carbonation.
I liked this beer quite a bit, and think it offers a good representation of the style.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer was serve on nitro and so it had deep brown nearly black color with a nice cascading of bubbles leading to one finger head of a brownish colored foam floating atop the surface of the brew. The head fades very slowly leaving a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of chocolate and a roasted malt smell as well as a good showing of some hops of a more herbal and vegetal nature. Along with these aromas comes some smells of pine and a bit of a sweeter caramel and a licorice smell, producing an overall sweet and somewhat inviting smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather strong chocolate and roasted malt taste along with a decent showing of some hop flavors of an earthy and floral nature. As the taste advances, a grassy hop flavor as well as a little bit of a brown sugar and caramel flavor come to the tongue. As this occurs, there is also a pine flavor that later develops on the tongue along with a touch of both citrus sweet tangerine and bitter grapefruit. For a 9.5 % abv brew alcohol is hidden throughout with just a hint of it peeking through at the end. With a little bit of anise, licorice, and more roasty taste that come at the end, one is left with a moderately roasty, sweet, and nicely blended hoppy taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Being on nitro, the beer is t on the creamier and thicker side in feel. For the darker flavors of the brew the feel is great, and really accentuates all the roasty and cocoa flavors nicely and all while still having the oomph to support the nice hop flavor blend.

Overall – Not really too strong on the hops on this one, but definitely a smooth and nice drinking brew. Certainly enjoyable and well worth a try if you get a chance.

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - black/ dark brown with 1 finger of head and some lacing left on the glass. No clarity

S - black licorice and some dank hops. Great aroma but you need to stick your nose in deep

T - the hops have faded on this one. More of a porter. 9.5% is well hidden. Mildly sweet, and fade citrus and bitterness on the back end

F - medium bodied and medium carbonation

O - a good brew which was probably better fresh

Photo of Boto
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle: this one pours a very dark brown color, yet it is clear. A small tan head that leaves some lacing. Good nose. Some pine, herbal notes, a hint of chocolate and a whiff of alcohol. The taste is good. Big malt body, with just a small underlying sweetness. A pretty fair amount of hops to balance the malts. A touch bitter. Some roasted malts, chocolate, herbal flavors. Some grains and citrus. This is good!

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35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
84 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.