1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

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

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

133 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 133
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of deac83
3.8/5  rDev +3%

deac83, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of user785335
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

user785335, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

I liked this one. Seems like a rich porter with some hoppiness added rater than the usual subdued roasted malt and bigger hop flavor of most Black Ales. Pours a dense dark brown color with some yellow and red light coming throuh. Big tan head with good retention and some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is rich, more like a Porter than a Black Ale. Plenty of malt, some chocolate and coffee. Grassy hops are noticeable in the aroma as well.

Taste is like a hoppy Porter. All the malty/chocoldate and coffee elements are there with some grassy and floral hops presence too.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich with a nice balace between the malt smoothness and some hoppiness.

Tasty beer, not a typical Black Ale but a good easy-sipping brew.

JayQue, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +8.4%

bigbeers84, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of AMarkle6524
4/5  rDev +8.4%

AMarkle6524, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

waddellc2, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Chilly_E
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Chilly_E, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of EricBirch
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

EricBirch, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +8.4%

david18, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Slink182
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Slink182, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of cardinals22
3/5  rDev -18.7%

cardinals22, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of rseidlitz
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

rseidlitz, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of adam42381
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

adam42381, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

afsdan, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Sammy, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of foureyedgeek
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

foureyedgeek, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Scott_Thomas
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%

Scott_Thomas, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of KG710
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

KG710, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of BraveMountie
4.5/5  rDev +22%

BraveMountie, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of jrein0254
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

jrein0254, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Mikus
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
Photo of CTaylorBrew
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my Dogfish Head IPA glass. Thick 1 1/2” - 2” light tan head (that this glass tends to do), that took over 3 minutes to dissipate, leaving substantial lacing down the glass. Dark chocolate brown color, with a medium red hue.
Sweet dark malts right away on the nose
Sweet malt taste first, followed by hop bitterness with multiple layers rounding it out; nice complexity. Alcohol is present but not displeasing, well hidden at 9.5 %.
Good mouthfeel, with a slight creaminess and medium to medium low carbonation.
I liked this beer quite a bit, and think it offers a good representation of the style.

CTaylorBrew, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

RblWthACoz, Aug 02, 2014
35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
83 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.