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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
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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | 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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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

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2.31/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

WEAK.

This is a weird beer, but in retrospect, it makes sense. It was dark, but it honestly tasted like a American Barleywine (but one that was REALLY dark.

the nitro carbonation was a unique touch, but honestly, did not work.

It tasted like a hot barleywine with the consistency of baleys Irish cream, without the Benefit of sweetness /chocolate/coffee to back it up.

Could had been worse, but pass it.

This was a review of a 3 buck pour of the stuff.

2.5/5

Photo of ThickNStout
2.43/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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2.56/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

not at all what i expected

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of chinchill
2.91/5  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?

Photo of Beaver13
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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3.24/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
84 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.