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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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BA SCORE
83
good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-28-2014)
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Snow81

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-07-2014 03:55:06 | More by Snow81
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

05-06-2014 04:20:51 | More by Beaver13
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-04-2014 03:10:05 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -21%

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?

07-03-2014 04:44:32 | More by chinchill
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BraveMountie

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

08-10-2014 00:20:56 | More by BraveMountie
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RDW

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

05-03-2014 22:48:17 | More by RDW
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-15-2014 23:01:49 | More by Sammy
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

06-21-2014 17:18:56 | More by whatname
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

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

06-10-2014 04:15:42 | More by russpowell
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-19-2014 02:48:24 | More by jaydoc
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ALLISON01

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-19-2014 21:35:36 | More by ALLISON01
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ThickNStout

Georgia

2.4/5  rDev -34.6%

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.

05-08-2014 02:41:45 | More by ThickNStout
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nickrossello

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

07-31-2014 21:57:24 | More by nickrossello
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-01-2014 01:04:25 | More by mpalestino
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Scott_Thomas

Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

08-13-2014 21:33:34 | More by Scott_Thomas
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CHickman

New York

3.59/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

05-15-2014 23:07:21 | More by CHickman
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csustar001

New York

4/5  rDev +9%

06-02-2014 21:45:25 | More by csustar001
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Thahdric

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-16-2014 23:47:07 | More by Thahdric
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BeerBucks

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

05-28-2014 03:44:40 | More by BeerBucks
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

05-13-2014 18:03:51 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

05-14-2014 16:22:54 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Drknight

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-13-2014 16:06:55 | More by Drknight
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-07-2014 18:41:34 | More by NJBeer265
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-26-2014 16:37:23 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

07-04-2014 23:59:24 | More by IPAchris
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35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
83 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.