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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

122 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | 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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2.25/5  rDev -39%

Baab200, Jun 19, 2014
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2.4/5  rDev -35%
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.

ThickNStout, May 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Rand_ale_Thor, May 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

terence, Jun 12, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

IPAchris, Jul 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

MWilt, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of chinchill
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
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?

chinchill, Jul 03, 2014
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2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Beaver13, May 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

MicroBeerMan1980, Sep 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

cardinals22, Aug 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Jennifernemec, Jul 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

TrickkyGangsta, May 10, 2014
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3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a milestone, 35th anniversary offering, I was expecting to experience an interesting beer to showcase the longevity of the brewery. The beer was just okay & I won't be buying another. Though, I would drink another if offered by someone.

I drank this beer in their tap room located in the Denver International Airport.

Nice dark color with off-white to tan head. Dark ruby to brown highlights at the edges when held up to the light.

Hops were not very apparent on the nose, almost absent, in fact. The roasted malts did come through.

Flavours are much the same as the nose, with the dark malts dominating but with a balancing bitterness. Finish is somewhat dry, but the roastiness lingers for some time.

I promptly ordered the Cold Hop next...a much better beer and a better candidate to celebrate a 35th anniversary occasion.

CaptainKev, May 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Sanchezrox23, Sep 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

user785335, Sep 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

BeerBucks, May 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

KG710, Aug 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Balvenie, May 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

AnalogErik, Jul 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jun 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

tkdchampxi, Jul 23, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

thedoubler55, Jun 23, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Mikus, Aug 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

alienlifeforcecube, Jun 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Sammy, Aug 16, 2014
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35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
83 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.