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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA - Uinta Brewing Company

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPADubhe Imperial Black IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,675 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,675
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 91
Gots: 187 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Toasted, chocolaty dark malts align with an astronomical amount of hops.

109 IBU

(Beer added by: TheFlern on 03-10-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

kwa357, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler from Moondog Growlers (Marietta, GA). 7.49. Served in an oversized snifter. 

Pours cola-brown, allowing light through the edges with two fingers dense tan head. Plenty of clingy lacing. 

Smells as I expect- smokey malts and earthy hops. 

Nice blend of the big hops and complex malts. Piney and citrusy with plenty of toasty malt backing. Complex enough to almost completely difuse the 9.2% abv. 

Heavy creamy coating feel with a nice balancing cabonation. Lingering smokey hoppy bitter aftertaste. 

Certainly one of the better in the style. A big, well balanced beer that's worth a try for fans of the style. 

ThickNStout, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +9%

PEIhop, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Way to go Uinta for putting a bottled on date. This batch was bottled on 7-3-12 only 23 days ago. I got the bottles in a four pack from the brewery for 10 dollars.

Appearance: Held up to a light, this beer is dark brown but clear in my goblet. The pour resulted in a tan head that took a little while to settle and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Hops and malts! The hops component is a bit piney, earthy and maybe a little floral.

Taste: This beer is hard to describe. The malts are roasted in a way to have a bittersweet flavor with a hint of toasted coconut on the finish. The hops are a mixture of what was noted in the smell. Nice pine, earthy, and dank hops flavors. The alcohol is slightly noticeable at 9.2 ABV, but I don't think that I would want to age this to mellow out, as the hops flavors would be muted. I am not sure I can sense the hemp seed other than an overall sort of "herbal" note to the taste. The malts are roasted, kind of a coffee flavor. I didn't get a sense that this was a 109 IBU beer. They don't over-power it at all.

Mouthfeel: I have said other beers coat the mouth with flavor in some of my other ratings, this one takes it to a new level. The finish is very drawn out. The bittersweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops linger without being a bother. These are flavors that I want to stick around for a long time. The body is thick and velvety while the carbonation is just enough to balance.

Overall: This is a really complex beer, and a nice interpretation of the CDA style. The flavor goes on and on. I can only recommend this for the adventurous sort as the flavors are really intense. Those that can handle it will be rewarded. I also suggest trying it fresh.

ExtraStout, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of catboy
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

catboy, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

drewone, Jul 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

hopheadut, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Black with Dr. Pepper highlights. Creamy khaki head with great retention and lace.

S - Nice nose. Floral with a dark honey sweetness and a soft booze. Touch of coffee roast.

T - Dark roast and hot booze give way to a burning bitterness that dominates the center and finish. Black roast coffee pulls through on the backend with a deep roast malt sweetness.

M - Medium body.

O - Aggressively bitter, even for hop heads. Nice roast coffee character.

vfgccp, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with a creamy off-whitte head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate wifh a touch of grassiness.

Tastes of deep malt notes complimented by a hoppy finish. Malts lead off with a dark chocolate and espresso note. Minor notes of brown sugar molasses are also present. Ends with a hoppy finish with grass, citrus, and pine coming through. Moderately bitter but this beer is fairly balanced.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a balanced version if a black IPA, but is another good beer from Uinta.

ocelot2500, Jul 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

bmcwood, Jul 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

cuy50, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of atr2605
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a coca cola color with a tan colored head with excellent retention
S-coffee,roasted aroma, citrus, chocolate
T-roasted coffee and chocolate and citrus bitterness, very well balanced and flavorful
M-full bodied
O-Big beer that has a bit of a kick but definitely delicious. Highly recommended

atr2605, Jul 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

JeffTheJuice, Jul 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

MarkyMOD, Jul 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

ejw127, Jul 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

boonejag75, Jul 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

vgarneth, Jul 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

JohnK17, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of MagicJeff
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A: Beautiful brownish-black with a solid finger head. Decent lacing.

S: Malt presence but hops too. Resiny, slight coffee, very complex.

T: Very balanced, all of the flavors compliment each other. Citrus from the hops works well with the roasted grain flavor.

M: Medium, some heat from alcohol, which was kind of overwhelming.

Overall: Very enjoyable and worth coming back to.

MagicJeff, Jul 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

HopBrain, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 7/7/12
*From notes

A: Brown ruby in hue. Cascading 2.25 finger mocha head. Good retention, lacing and collar follow.

S: Toasted malt. Lots of juicy hops as well.

T: On point. Certainly more IPA then Porter or roast forward. Lots of juicy hops overwhelm the palate from the get-go to late mid. This
moves back and then finishes chocolate roast-like.

M: Thick and big, yet drinkable and really quaffable. This gets big thumbs up for sure.

O: This might just be the best Cascadian Dark I've had. I love this beer, as it's much more hop forward then many in-style. I'd have this one tap, in the bottle, or drizzled into my mouth by a gorgeous (female) porn star. A delicious beer I'd ask for in my five-star suite.

Rhettroactive, Jul 08, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a really nicely designed bottle poured into a snifter. beautiful deep ruby (under lighting) / black pour with 2 fingers of off white head give off a nice lacing throughout. smells of dirt, grassy hops, burnt caramel, cigarette ashes. bitter up front with an immediate sweet backbone - almost like a milk stout, a bit of bitterness from roasted grains/black malt. really tasty. the booze is a bit noticeable.
medium body with a slight creamyness, light carbonation, and heavy warmth from the abv.

overall this is a great beer. not very familiar with the style, i think i only had 21st amendment back in black and wasn't a fan so i've avoided them. this is definitely better than what i remember the back in black to be. anyway, i really am enjoying the warmth from this one, even though it's the hottest day of the summer - it rained and cooled off a bit ... this is kind of what this beer feels like.. a summer night that turned on you, for the better.

facundoCNB, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of beergoot
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent pine-citrus hop aroma rises from the rich mahogany body, oozing through a thick, creamy head. A faint black licorice scent is in there, too. Anise, toasted grains, and alcohol warmth play out in your mouth, with a sharp bitterness mingled with caramel rounding things out. Medium bodied, clean and smooth.

A good beer, yet a bit too strong in the overall bitterness and alcohol heat for me.

beergoot, Jul 07, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown body with a thin tan head that just leaves bubbles.

S- Hops come through a lot, with just a hint of roasted malt. Smells close to a malty IPA.

T- A porter up front, with IPA hops and then a roasted malt finish. Very good mix of dark malta and hops.

M- Frothy, full bodied ale.

O- Excellent black IPA. Extremely hoppy dark ale.

stephenjmoore, Jul 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

sullaspiaggia, Jul 07, 2012
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,675 ratings.