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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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409 Reviews

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Reviews: 409
Hads: 2,021
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 23.72%
Wants: 112
Gots: 398 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: TheFlern on 03-10-2011

Toasted, chocolaty dark malts align with an astronomical amount of hops.

109 IBU
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Reviews: 409 | Hads: 2,021
Photo of ChadQuest
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 25 days ago. I call that fresh.

Pour is very opaque black, just a thin collar around the edges of this one.(after the glass gets near the bottom browning happens, so it's not totally opaque)
Holy cow, the aroma is chocolate and a massive amount of citrus and pine. By far the strongest Black IPA aroma wise i have had.
The flavors are so intense. A huge level of roasted malts must have been used, it is dry and roasty, with Citrus and a Resinous Dankness.

This is a style i have never been a big fan of, but this one is probably my favorite example of the style so far. Well Done Uinta.

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Photo of BrewerMike
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this beer! I think this is what a black IPA should taste like. It's bitter, piney, resiny, chocolatey, smokey, and roasty. It is extremely complex and big. It's definitely a bigger IPA than most, hence the imperial label. As this beer warms, the roasted, chocolate notes come through even more, which is fine with me! Given that it's an imperial IPA, my only slight complaint is that I could have tolerated even more hops on the nose. The hop aroma did not blow me away, but it was definitely very nice.

I will definitely buy this beer again. Amazing job on this one!

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Photo of muletrane
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a deep black colour with only a little bit of light shining through the edges. 2 fingers of dense ivory head and lots of lacing.

S: Slightly sweet with some very faint hop presence.

T: Sweet malts up front with big piney hops in the finish. Lots of lingering bitterness as well.

M: Light carbonation with a moderate body. Slick feel overall and slightly watery.

Overall I enjoyed the beer. I like the big piney flavor here and the beer looks very nice as well. Everything else about this beer is slightly lacking though.

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Photo of crossovert
2.93/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled on 11/10/11. I am not a huge fan of this style but am always trying new stuff. I didn't pick this out for myself but was given it.

It pours nearly a pitch black with a real microfoamy tan head.

The smell works. It has a huge sweetness but also a nice bit of hops and a noticeable bit of chocolatey roasty hops.

The flavor isn't anything to behold. It bitterweet but with a lot of both. The chocolate bread flavor just doesn't mesh with the hops. I like the bitterness and the mouthfeel but this recipe seems un-thought-out.

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Photo of seanwhite
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost inky dark brown with a wondeful light chocolate head.

S: Aroma of some burnt roast and a hint of cocoa with a sharp herbal piney hop character, a touch of lemon peel.

T: Flavor starts sweet with some cocoa and roast, quickly picking up the sharp piney bitterness, resiny and herbal. FInishes slightly bitter with some lingering citric and cocoa notes. Medium to medium full body.

M: Not overly bitter, rather smooth with a touch of alcohol finish. I’d love to see them increase the mouthfeel a tad to make it a bit chewier.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark translucent brown color with amber edging. There is a couple fingers worth of loose, off-white head. The lace is filled with bubbles and is sprayed across the glass.

The nose has a floral bouquet full of citrus hop and some pine. Underneath is a bit of biscuit-like malt.

The taste very bitter and has a nice twist on it. The malt offers an almost cocoa like taste right before the hop assault takes place. The citrus and pine hop offerings come through full force and bring a nice bitter taste to the table.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a creamy texture with it. However, it is quite drinkable as the abv is well hidden and it isn't too heavy.

Overall, another great brew from the State of Utah. This is a very nice black ipa.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/22/11

A- Dark chestnut, almost black in low lighting, with a reddish-brown glow around the edges. Billowy cappuccino-colored head that dissipates to a blanket, leaving patchy lacing behind.

N- Tons of lemon-lime citrus in the nose, with hints of grapefruit zest and flowers. Also some herbal, minty notes in there. Piney, resinous undertones blend perfectly with the citrus. Smooth roasted malt and toasted nuts provide a solid foundation for all those hops. I'm also getting some milk chocolate after pouring a second time. The nose is so complex, having a range of elements from light to dark, yet everything blends together to create a single unique aroma.

T- Lightly sweet nutty malt with a hint of powdered cocoa and a fair amount of roast. Tons of herbal, grassy, piney bitterness that balances the sweetness and blends with the roastiness. Juicy citrus brightens up the palate while providing a note of citrus rind to the bitterness. There's a pronounced savory spiciness to this brew that I associate with the hemp seed, although that's just a guess. The beer dries out nicely in the middle for a long bitter finish with tons of spice, grass, herbs, pine, toasted nuts, lingering citrus, and some faint roast. A little heat on the back end, which feels appropriate given the boldness of the flavor profile.

M- Medium bodied, slightly slick and sticky, with moderate carbonation and a dry bitter finish.

D- Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with this beer. If you like black IPAs, this is a must-have. Unique, complex, full of character, and fun to drink.

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Photo of lstokes
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's an opaque black with a dark brown head and smells like pine and roast. Depth of earthy, nutty, and chicory flavor from the dark malt and then the citrus hops offer an amazing brightness and bitterness... it's all kind of hot, but comes together well, with a sticky but well-carbonated mouthfeel. Every flavor is in excess but somehow this is an awesome beer! Melds together amazingly.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, compact and well balanced Black DIPA

Presentation: 12 oz brown custom shaped and capped bottle. Dark emerald paper label with the image of a sunset-stary night over the Uinta mountain range? Rest of the retro lay out offers astronomy touches with serving notes. Shows bottling date (09/22-11), and 10.4% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a snifter.

A - Black pour with deep dark brown edges. Nice creamy head towering away from the glass, good retention and surface memory, with rich lacing.

S - Resinous and herbal nose… rich resinous hops with a dash roasted notes.

T - Resinous and hoppy, herbal sense without being too assertive, roasted backbone…Hint of coffee, tiny touch of licorice… Nice and inviting bitterness.

M - Medium to medium/full body with soft carbonation rather smooth with a nice lingering sense in the finish.

D - Pretty compact and enticing. A very pleasing take at a Black DIPA.

Notes: Well worth the recommendation and the repeat if one is into this range. Not too complex or hefty, but in this case that might like the asset. It is very well balanced without loosing any of the expected assertiveness of the style. The hemp is there but very softy, blending well with the herbal hop range.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled on 9/22/11. 12 oz bottle pour into a long stemmed tulip.

A: this might actually be just a really dark brown instead of pitch black. brownish hints in the tight white head. retention isnt what it should be. however, good lacing.

S: this aroma really has some complexity. vanilla and sweet chocolate mixes with a piney hop aroma. i even get a little bit of smoky-ness that reminds me of bacon?

T: the roasted flavor is strong here. notes of dark chocolate and smoke as well as obvious bitterness from very roasted/black malts. as well as bitterness from a healthy hopping.

M: moderate fizzy carbonation on a full body.

D: good nose and flavors, but definitely a sipper. wouldnt exactly call this super drinkable considering i feel like this is more of a nightcap. overall worth grabbing if you can find it.

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Photo of wedge
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty damn black under a lovely, soapy tan head that leaves behind abundant drippy lacing. Deep, dark malty aroma with pine and alcohol...sweet chocolate and light citrus. Coffee and chocolate upfront in the flavor, followed by a solid, resinous wall of hoppy bitterness. It's seeming hoppier with each sip; grapefruit and sticky pine along with some charred maltiness. Smooth, medium-full body with an oily slickness. I like it...this bottle is a few months old, so I'll likely get a super-fresh one (with the fancy new label) and see how it compares.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to eclipse54 for this want!

Pour is solid black. Head was a creamy light brown with super lacing. Aroma had tons of floral notes, crisp pine, roast and bits of chocolate. Taste was nicely bold, with plenty bitterness, pine and floral hop notes, but a much stronger "stout" characters: chocolate, roast, slight coffee. Body was full, and almost chewy.

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Photo of DavyTheFatboy
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilfered pint glass

Pours a shade darker than morning coffee with far more opacity. Thin, quickly dissapating head. Spidery, persistent lacing.

Smells mostly like cocoa powder with just a hint of citrus-y hops. Definitely intriguing!

Starts sharp with roasty malts and more cocoa. The hemp comes next and the hops quickly follow with a sharpness that keeps the malts (which are more present than I had expected) from taking over. Talk about balance! Ends with another round of the same flavors, in the same order, but good lord does this beer stretch out. Mile-long finish. At the exhale, I get red meat gristle. Three-plus minutes since my last sip and I feel like I brushed my teeth with this beer. This is a pretty high ABV beer but the makers have done a fantastic job of integrating it and you won't know it until the glass is gone. Definitely one to share with good friends.

Full-bodied. Nice, tiny bubbles brush against your tongue instead of tickling it.

Overall, a fantastic excursion from the ordinary. At over $10 for a 4-pack it's not for everyday drinking but I will be bringing this to the next poker game.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottled 6/11 Nearly black pour, brown around the edge. Nice layer of creamy looking off white head.

Aroma, heavy piney resin. Some anise and much lighter citrus.

Taste, Resiny hops up front. Roast malt and light black licorice. Finishes with some herbal hops, cocoa, then some fairly heavy coffee grounds. Lingers well. Pretty interesting.

Solid medium body, almost creamy. Just a little warming. Drinks pretty well. Solid from Uinta.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/26/11.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 2 inch foamy khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is primarily of herbal and citrus zest hops with some roasted malt and cocoa powder aromas as the beer warms. Taste is of citrus zest and spicy herbal hops up front with dark roasted malt and cocoa flavors coming in with the aftertaste. A mild hop bitterness lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good black ale with some nice hop and roasty flavors.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with an illegible "bottled on" date. This was part of Amanti Vino's October collection for the Beer of the Month program, and it was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Uinta Dubhe pours a nearly solid black. When properly backlit, the very edge of the beer lightens to mahogany. There's a full three fingers of caramel head that just sits there for a minute before beginning it's slow decline, and it leaves more than enough lacing against the inside of the glass. The nose quickly indicates that this is a black IPA that takes some flavor from dark malts, as opposed to just color, as there are definitely notes of coffee and chocolate present in the aroma. The hops show themselves as well, citrus and earthy. A mild coffee and chocolate maltiness leads of each sip. The mid palate bitterness is way too mild. It doesn't effectively knock back the malty opening, and the sweetness dampens the opening of the hoppy back end (citrus and earth in a fairly even blend). The body has a littel bit of heft to it, which in and of itself is just fine, but that ends up overwhelming a carbonation level that's just totally inadequate. Dubhe isn't a bad beer, but the lck of bitterness and dull carbonation make it not nearly as crisp as most IPAs, black or otherwise.

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby brown in hue, nearly black as it is almost fully opaque. The cream white head is small and dissapates down to a thin sheet on top with decent lacing. The smell is big on grapefruit and pine, with some smoked malts in there as well. A faint spiciness is evident as well, possibly the hemp seed?

Big flavors in this one, for sure. Pine and grapefruit hops hit the palate in the back but are the most immediate taste. Ensuing is a toasty malt and faint spiciness that was evident in the aroma as well. The bitterness from the hops is superb, and easily the most resembling of an IPA I've ever had in a so called "black IPA". There's a lingering resinous bitterness that is left after the taste that actually coaxes you into taking another sip. The alcohol taste is subdued, but certainly there as it is felt in the head and a slight acidic feeling in the throat. The toasted malts have a great affect on the way this beer feels. They add a strong backbone, stronger than the bready malts of many other big IPAs. The spiciness adds a very nice crisp and tingly character, giving the mouthfeel a large boost. The alcohol comes out a little more as it warms up, but never becomes too much. It finishes a little gritty, but that only helps along the spiciness and malt character.

Overall this is just a fantastic, complex beer. I've never been big on black IPAs but they don't all taste this good. That's two I've had from Uinta, and I am impressed so far.

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Photo of mikechance
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting 12 oz. bottle on July 27, 2011

A --- Thick foamy head with very dark almost stout like blackness

S --- Malts and earth scents with a hint of something strange at the end, kind of dough and yeast but off

T --- Caramel, lots of great malts, licorice, and something sweet maybe brown sugar. It also has a very strong alcohol presence --- whiskey.

M --- Full-bodied, nice carbonation, and smooth

O – Not as hoppy (in smell and taste) as other Black IPA, but very nice on a cold night if you need one or two strong but special beers. I would love to try it on tap! The score would have been higher but I'm not sure how often I need to drink this beer.

I live in Northern California and this is the first time I have had access to Uinta beer. I can’t wait to try more!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled September 22nd 2011. Flipside of bottle cap says, Earth, Wind and Beer, kind of neat.

An incredibly large and creamy head that is toffee light and coffee colored, with tiny foamed bubbled appearance. Body color gives off a dark walnut black/brown with dark chestnut hues along the edges. The beer forms nearly like a great stout on tap, it looks very impressive. Some nice lacing rings too along the glass.

Nose is very different, kind of strange. Malt, but not quite sour but some sort of weird bitter sense and not a typical hop bitter. It's sort of jarring (is it cause of the hemp seed??). It's kind of bizarre and interesting but it doesn't make me feel real appreciative of it. After some time there is a sense of grapefruit but it is very small.

Taste brings much better luck. Malt chocolate and solid lime like soft astringent hop bitter in the palate. Good stout like coating malt and soft roast with just enough wetness to stay in the IPA territory. Hop slight chew as well tastes great.

Overall a real strange smelling beer, but makes up for it considerably in appearance and taste. It's like a good mix of hoppy IPA and stout like roast and chocolate all together, but considerably hop forward.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA, to replace the bottle I gave away to @headlessclown.

Pours a really deep dark brown, that doesn't manage to give the illusion that it's actually black. Head is a wonderfully thick and creamy ochre-brown, however, and leaves sheets of coral-like lacing down the glass. It manages to persist as half a centimetre of froth almost to the bottom of the glass. Carbonation is so fine that when tilted it almost looks like powder on the inside of the glass. Oh, I so want it to be slightly darker—it would almost be perfect then. Screw it, I'll give it a 5 anyway.

Nose is rich and luscious which makes for a potent combination. Big sweet dark malt characters come through along with an almost spicy kick from the hops. It's a fresh, organic, slightly herbal character and it melds really nicely with the sweet roasted characters. It's also overlaid with hints of wood and vanilla. Overall, phenomenal nose. Let's face it.

Taste is similarly good, with a big, rich smoothness throughout and a light peppering on the back from the clinging, oily hops. Very decent bitterness that makes it hard to distinguish between roastiness and hop character—a great sign in an IBA; a sign that the two sides of the beer have melded and synergised. It's smooth, rich, but bursting with flavour. Gorgeous beer.

This is an absolutely cracking brew. Rich and smooth, but bright and crisp as well. Truly this is a hallmark of the style. I'm shocked I gave away my first bottle.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at TJ's

DUBHE pours into the glass a dark brown color with some black in there as well, a mix of the two leaning towards black. A nice loose bubbled dark tan foam rose up and retreated after some minutes, okay retention, weak lacing. Off the bat, this does not smell like a IPA, black ale is a good term for this beer. Smells grainy roasty with some small storm king like hop scents with a touch of the 9.2% coming out. This comes off like a hoppy porter with some tropics of a IPA without exibiting the bitterness of one. Feel is a nice healthy medium with a nice carb but goes down smooth and not bitter. Im glad I got this on happy hour the because this is not a good example of a black IPA, whatever that is.

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Photo of kennylopez
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 7oz tasting snifter.

Appearance: dark black with a bubbly white head about finger thick that fades relatively quick, but leaves beautiful lacing.

Smells: Dark roasted barley from the beginning. A unique hop smell that gives way to a bitter chocolate hint.

Tastes: a lot more hops in the taste compared to what comes through the nose. they are very well balanced with the roasted barley and very little earth taste from the hemp, but its subtle.

Mouthfeel: great carbonation that has a great roasted chocolate aftertaste that leaves a nice sticky feeling from the well hopped brew. lite burn from the 9.2% but very enjoyable.

Overall: a nice Black IPA. I knew I would not be disappointed picking up a four pack, but I am disappointed I did not pick up more. I will hunt for it if I have to, Great Job by Uinta again!

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Photo of regspeir
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a snifter at TJ's. Poured red-black with a smallish mocha head which dissipated to a coating. Lacing was ample and marked every sip. Nose was citrus, some sweetness of caramel and some roasted coffee. Taste was grapefruit, pine, some dark chocolate, roasted coffee and dark fruit. Mouthfeel was medium, dry and creamy with a strong bitterness in the finish. Carbonation seemed perfect for the style. Some booziness but pleasant. This is a very nice black ipa that I will go back to again.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to VegasBeerMan for this one:

A: Pours a super dark brown. I would almost say black, but when held to the light I can see the deep browns in this beer. Pours with a huge mocha head that fades to a simple ring atop the beer. The lacing is massive, even as it drinks.

S: I get huge hops up front with sweet chocolate malts behind it. It starts off mango and citrus, with a deep roasty, almost caramel scent, after.

T: Starts quick with sweet chocolate, but the bitter hop experience mixes quickly. The blend continues from start to finish. Perfectly balanced. It finishes bitter and dry.

M: Full bodied beer that starts off warm, syrupy, and coating. but it finishes dry with long lingering hoppy aftertastes.

O: I like this beer and would love to have it again, but their are a few other Black IPAs that I'd prefer over this beer.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft during Philly Beer Week, and enjoyed, but this review is from a 12oz bottle poured into Stone IPA glass. Purdy.

Thick, thick tan head that fades VERY slowly down to a lasting 1cm head over a deep brown body. Tons of lacing. Best looking beer I've seen in this category.

Resiny northwestern hops and charred malts take a dual role in leading things off in the Aroma. Solid caramel and dark chocolate sweetness bring up the rear, but are prominent. Good peanut butter quality as it warms, too. It doesn't get much more inviting.

Flavor has some pine needle bite throughout, but layered oh so nicely with milk-to-bittersweet chocolate. The peanut butter quality comes through as well. Slight roastiness, but not overdone. Damn, this is fine.

Mouthfeel is plenty dry. Just enough carbonation to break through the ABV, and make it almost unnoticeable.

Overall, this may be my favorite American Black Ale to date. Really well done!

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.