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Imperial Black IPA - Brasserie Dunham

Imperial Black IPAImperial Black IPA

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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: duracell on 03-05-2012)
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Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, another new six-pack recently made available in Alberta.

This beer pours a solid black, with subtle basal cherry cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and rather creamy tan head, which leaves a bit of sudsy surfacing sea monster lace in places around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of deeply charred caramel malt, smoked toffee, bittersweet chocolate, black licorice, and a slowly-appearing sharp citrus twinge - orange, grapefruit, and lemon pith - with a slightly perfumed booziness showing up shortly thereafter. The taste is a one-two punch of toasted caramel/toffee malt and bitter citrus/pine hops straight-off, before things settle a bit, and the bakers' cocoa, licorice nib, ethereal day-old coffee, grapefruit and lemon pith, and floral/leafy hop notes become evident, sort of on their own, all at the same time, if you know what I mean.

The bubbles are pretty low-key for the most part, kind of lost in the yin/yang struggle going on above them, the body a sexy medium-full weight, and well-rounded in its smoothness, which dovetails nicely into a soft creamy nature. It finishes on the sweet side, that caramel malt shedding some of its roast acridity, but still more than moderated by the lingering bitter hops, kind of singed themselves.

Once again, I'm hardly a fan of the style, but there seems to be a conspiracy amongst the craft brewing cabal to dissuade me of that notion, and this is the latest salvo in their offensive. Big, brash, and yet balanced all around, no one input dominating at any time, this Imperial Black IPA just does everything right, as much as it can, anyway. I still can't fathom drinking more than one of a beer that chooses to muffle an IPA's fresh hoppiness, but that's not this poor beer's fault.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 03:54:02 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not your conventional black ipa. Deep deep roast. Big roast wafting aroma. Big black colour with thick mocha foamy head and lace. Its hoppy for sure, but its also smokey roasty. Hence the imperial tital. Above average mouthfeel, with a bit of near-astringency at the end of the bottle. From Veux-tu. A big beer, with post-drinking alcohol kick.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 20:51:54 | More by Sammy
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color ale with a generous dark color head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of bitter citrusy and resinous hops is totally dominating with some dry roasted malt also discernable. Taste is also dominated by herbal citrusy hops with some resinous notes and some dry roasted malt. Body is full with somewhat of a creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Usually not a style that I am very fond of but this one was quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 16:59:24 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks seblp for the hook up!

The beer pours jet black with inches of a thick, fluffy tan head that laces. The nose is initially chocolate/carob forward with slowly building notes of cascade as the beer warms. The taste presents that same potent chocolate sweetness upfront followed by a sticky residual hoppiness. It packs a solidly medium body and drinks velvety smooth with a lingering, slightly dry bite from the hops. Negligible alcohol, quite drinkable in fact. The hop character could be a bit more aromatic and distinct, but this is still a tasty black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 04:11:39 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Very dark black. Nice foamy head thrones on it. Sticky. Cloudy looking.

S: Dominated by hops. Pines + Fruity.

T: Very bitter. Some roasted malts but not strong enough for Imperial Black IPA. Appears to be a little bit unbalanced.

M: Medium body. Some carbonation.

O: A decent beer, but needs some refinement to be great.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 14:56:29 | More by ZorPrime
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Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Thick black body, cascading head of a good four fingers, color of dark milk chocolate. Foam is bubbly and insistent, leaving a nice dose of lacing.

Smell: Sharp citrus, mostly grapefruit, hoppy mixed with chocolate/coffee.

Taste: The roast hits first but layer of cedar and grapefruit lies underneath with some ript orange. The hoppy fruit edges out the roasted notes yet still manages to feel less intense than the regular.

Mouthfeel: Real creamy and smooth, low carbonation makes it glide real easy and the astringency is balanced.

Overall: Seems less intense than the regular Black IPA. The hoppiness is there but the flavors don't pop out as much and leaves it less than imperial. Still good though but a little bit disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 12:23:27 | More by papat444
Photo of duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pours a pitch black color with a beatiful beige and very creamy head. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Hop is dominant. I pick out different varieties. The smell is very fresh, floral, herbal, almost earthy. The roasted malt is also present at the back.

T - Hop is definitely upfront with a lot of complex flavors. I find it quite medicinal but in a good way. Malt is also there, in a smaller proportion, but it balances very well the bitterness coming from the hop and adds a hint of chocolate to the taste.

M - Smooth, medium bodied with a perfect carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

O - A solid beer, very well thought-out! This is my first black IPA and I'm already very fond of the style. The roasted flavors make a very interesting blend!

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 04:05:42 | More by duracell
Imperial Black IPA from Brasserie Dunham
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