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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

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Sammy, Aug 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

kylehay2004, May 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jaydoc, May 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

zeff80, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

RblWthACoz, Aug 02, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

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

russpowell, Jun 10, 2014
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3.51/5  rDev -4.9%

boulder beer has really underwhelmed me, and for a special release from the brewery that claims to have started it all 35 years ago, i expected a lot more from this special release. its not bad, but it sure is disappointing. should have been a statement piece, instead, extremely average. the beer is light for a black ipa, tan headed lighter brown liquid, fizzy. the nose is balanced pretty well, not overly hoppy, and a little boring, but the chocolate malt is nice and fresh. the flavor is where it goes south for me. it starts off bitter and roasty from the grain, just right, but instead of moving into a big time hoppy finish, it devolves into this fresh green been thing. you know when you pick a fresh green been off the vine, and eat it right there, raw, in the garden. its snappy and juicy, but also a little chalky textured and sharply vegetal. leafy and natural, but also leaves a weird acidity on the palate? this is the same exact thing, and once i identify that element, i really cant get past it. the subtle and generic hops in the finish dont do enough to win me back over. neither does the delicate carbonation that makes this drink lighter than its abv. the alcohol comes out with warmth, and the green bean thing gets exacerbated that much more. i have nothing against boulder beer, but i am frustrated that this is what they came up with for such a monumental occasion.

StonedTrippin, May 24, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

mactrail, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

afsdan, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Stinkypuss, Sep 06, 2014
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2.9/5  rDev -21.4%

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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

dmorgan310, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

vfgccp, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Boone757, May 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Lare453, May 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

IPAchris, Jul 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

sweemzander, Aug 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

outoffocus, Jul 06, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

Darkmagus82, Jul 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jun 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

petermethot, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

WDJersey, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

david18, Aug 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

hollywood_15063, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

whatname, Jun 21, 2014
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35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
83 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.