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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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | FT: 2
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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.

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Ratings: 165 | Reviews: 32
Photo of CaptainKev
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CHickman
3.61/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
2.43/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
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
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