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

Not Rated.
35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 166
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 29.95%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | 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)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-28-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of CHickman
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.43/5  rDev -33.2%
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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Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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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35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
83 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.