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Black IPA - Brasserie Dunham

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Black IPABlack IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: flipper2gv on 01-09-2012)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with lots of thick foamy head. Roasted malt , and chocolate aroma. Big roasted taste, with decent citrus finish. Competent for the style. Above average mouthfeel and drinkability.Good roast, with some smoke.Not the best black IPA but something good and surprising.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 03:50:05 | More by Sammy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a nice brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of deep roasted malt with notes of pretty powerful hops. Taste is a nice mix between some roasted malt with dry undertones and some black chocolate notes which are well balance against a bitter hoppy finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Another winner from this brewer who just keeps on surprising me.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 20:00:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle, another awesome trade from papat444. Merci, mon ami!

This beer pours a solid black, with very, very slight basal tan highlights, and three fingers of puffy, bubbly, tightly foamy beige head, which leaves some violent sea storm lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, chalky cocoa, muddled tropical fruit, a tiny treacle sweetness, and some soft forest floor pine notes. The taste is fairly bitter grapefruit, tangerine, and pithy apple, toasted bready caramel malt, subtle dark chocolate, a twinge of simmering coffee, and charred pine forest (the good kind).

The carbonation is on the quiet, contemplative side, the body a decent medium weight, and tentatively smooth, the stout-borne essence taking a hit on the chin from the swirling hop edginess. It finishes off-dry, the roasted caramel malt, and ever-darkening chocolate contending well with the lingering bitter, fruity hops.

A balanced, well-rounded, and ultimately enjoyable ABA. Sometimes when things are simply good, there just ain't that much more to say. Or maybe the bottle was just gone too quickly. At any rate, try this if you can.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 00:40:49 | More by biboergosum
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into tulip 9/8/12

A nearly black with dark cola edges, large light brown head is pretty dark and hangs on for quite a while and leaves lots of random lace, looks sexy

S tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit mix well with pine and the dark malts, coco and char come out as it warms, again very nice

T the tropical notes are a little toned down compared too the nose with more charred wood, pine and rind.

M has a nice bitter snap too it, creamy from the bubbles with a piny char aftertaste that lingers and just a little sticky on the lips

O bang on BIPA, nice balance of the dark malts and big ass hops. I could drink this one for a while without getting board and being below 6% I could have a few without falling over

thanks papat444 for sending me the bottle it was a great choice, I'd drink this on a regular basis if I could get it here

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 03:47:45 | More by wordemupg
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Brouehaha for around 3$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, coffee, chocolate, and something odd/earthy/smokey. It ends with a malty/smokey/hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - Lots of crazy tastes going on here. I'm a big fan of the style an I have had a few of Dunhams other beers and this one has the same hop flavour as their other beers do. Unfortunately it doesn't work with the chocolate and roasted malt notes.

** had this again Dec 24 2012, much better - maybe I had a bad bottle previously. I've adjusted my previous rating.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 00:38:08 | More by spinrsx
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-24-2014 01:56:43 | More by Griffith
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-26-2013 18:15:45 | More by tom10101
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours nearly pitch black, solid thumb of mocha head, solid retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Nice cocoa and floral citrus hop presence, burnt toast and leafy greens on the finish.

T - Flavours are surprisingly strong with the floral hop profile dominating, nice cocoa and chocolate coming through on the finish. Incredibly well balanced and super easy drinking. A fantastic example of the style.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet given the bitterness.

O - This brew is incredibly well balanced and would definitely be a go-to if this were available in my neck of the woods. Loads of flavour, well worth trying out and I'm super glad it was recommended via the BA forums!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 00:09:11 | More by andrenaline
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

02-10-2012 19:29:42 | More by oldp0rt
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

01-15-2013 02:17:55 | More by Molson2000
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you papat444!

Appearance. Pours pretty darn black with two fingers of thick, dense and creamy tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Nice citrusy hops, coffee, some sweet molasses and a bit of bitter dark chocolate and dark roasted malts.

Taste. Huge bitter citrus rinds and juice, mainly grapefruit. There's some bitter dark chocolate and coffee and a little bit of lightly smokey dark malts. Nice bitter, oily citrus rind and coffee finish

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium+ carbonation, slightly oily feeling.

Overall. Some big flavours in this one. A great, full flavoured black ipa.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 02:09:45 | More by Rutager
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

07-19-2012 03:55:25 | More by kwjd
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-19-2013 20:12:58 | More by schopenhauerale
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black and a vigorous pour results in a large tan head. Head is pretty solid and retention is very good.

Nice scent. Citrus hops with roasted malt. Some coffee and chocolate scents from the malt. Grapefruit from the hops. The juxtaposition is a bit rough and the two sides aren't super well integrated, but both are nice and overall it works.

Taste wise, however, the malt half is far too dominant. The roasted malt and coffee are quite strong, really obscuring the hops. The citrus is there but subdued. Would like to see more balance between the two.

High carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall, some nice flavours but not what I am looking for in a black IPA. Hops are just not prominent enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 01:47:28 | More by jrenihan
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-17-2014 15:43:07 | More by peensteen
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-17-2014 00:28:10 | More by doremite
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jacewg

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-31-2013 21:11:47 | More by jacewg
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A dense black body with a thick 3 finger light tan head. Bit of a cascading effect and the foam just drapes itself. As it empties, rings all the way down.

Smell: Fresh mango & melon right of the bat mixed with some milky coffee & mild roastedness. Hops are stronger but the dark malt holds its own, barely. Juicy fruit.

Taste: Roasted malt, bitter coffee hits first. The finish is quite citric. Raw grapefruit, like licking the inside of a grapefruit emptied of its fruit after taking a gulp of coffee. Lip smacking hops grab hold and never let go though as it warms, there comes a stronger coffee presence as well as some chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: Bitter throughout though remains balanced and never over the top. Carbonation tad high but this throttles you from start to finish.

Overall: By my description, you might think this is a beast but its not. What it is is an intense, flavorful and drinkable black ale even thought the hops are stronger. My favorite bottled IPA in Quebec hands down and one of my favorites overall in the province.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 11:31:36 | More by papat444
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

10-27-2013 03:10:01 | More by Kmat10
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pixieskid

Germany

4/5  rDev +1%

03-23-2013 23:16:19 | More by pixieskid
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice almost jet black color to it. It has a nice thick creamy tan head that dies down slowly and leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grassy and earthy hops with some coffee and roasted malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a that grassy, earthy bitterness but also a coffee bitterness along with some sweet roasted malts. Quite bitter and as I just read on the bottle, 95 IBUs.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel. Nice lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Not my favorite style but still a good Black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 21:16:24 | More by SebD
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

11-08-2012 04:19:43 | More by chickenm
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%

07-06-2013 02:04:14 | More by kjyost
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, very well carbonated (three inches of head), nice lacing
S: Slightly citrusy hops, caramel/toffee malts, slight chocolate malt aroma, slight alcohol
T: Bitter hops (almost pungent - and I don't mean that in a bad way), once the bitterness settled in, you get nice citrusy hop flavours, followed by slight chocolate malt in the background, finish is quite dry
M: Medium-light body, very well-carbonated, nice bitter and dry finish
O: Nice tasting beer, not nearly as heavy as some of the other BIPA I've had but big on flavour, starts with the nice bitter hops, get some of the citrusy flavours from the hops once the palate adjusts to the bitterness, and it finishes with some subtle chocolate malt tones - great example of the style

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 05:01:55 | More by ZachT
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-26-2012 11:38:29 | More by beerhunter13
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Black IPA from Brasserie Dunham
88 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.