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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

118 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 118
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%

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

Sammy, Aug 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

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

KG710, Aug 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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

jrein0254, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Mikus
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%

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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4.16/5  rDev +12.7%

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
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

RblWthACoz, Aug 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

MWilt, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

nickrossello, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

tcshipley87, Jul 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

thereal_adam, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Arch578, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
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%

AnalogErik, Jul 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

GFD400, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

sparx1100, Jul 26, 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%

zeff80, Jul 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

tkdchampxi, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Kerry_C, Jul 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Walkerjgt, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ALLISON01, Jul 19, 2014
35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
83 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.