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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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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | 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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

dmorgan310, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Thahdric, Jun 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

jakecattleco, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jmfitz, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

vfgccp, Jun 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

terence, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

rudabegga9, Jun 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

NJBeer265, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

JoeMans, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Snow81, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

alienlifeforcecube, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

csustar001, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Cath, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

BRYeleJR, Jun 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

petermethot, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

mpalestino, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Bloodbuzz99, Jun 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

BeerBucks, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

bcsbeer, May 27, 2014
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3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

CaptainKev, May 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

jl2414, May 25, 2014
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3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

StonedTrippin, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

joeyz2006, May 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jaydoc, May 19, 2014
35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
84 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.