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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA - Uinta Brewing Company

Dubhe Imperial Black IPADubhe Imperial Black IPA

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1,360 Ratings

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Ratings: 1360
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%

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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Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a grocery in Boise, ID. earlier this summer.

This beer pours a clear, near-black 'colour', with reddish highlights when presented to backlightlng, and three fat fingers of chunky, foamy off-white head, white leaves a spectrum of hearty pocked lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of strong grapefruit citrus hops, a bit of pine oil, and lightly roasted caramel malt. The taste is still-strong grapefruit-laden citrus hops, and roasted malt, represented by bitter chocolate and mild coffee notes, as well as some very sedate, but noticeable all the same, alcohol. Not sure where the proclaimed hemp seeds come in. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium-heavy in weight, and smooth but for some latent hop meddling (those damned kids!). It finishes accordingly - the astringent hops not letting the still prevalent roasted malt claim any such teetering supremacy - bitterness still reigns in the guise of bitter piney, earth hops.

Wow, a pretty darn punchy Black IPA, I would say. Everything kind of comes back to that point, the roasted malt, the booze (which is very well integrated), and the big boy IPA hop craziness. Nice to see this kind of hedonism from the center of Mormonia.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 21:51:25 | More by biboergosum
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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black and totally opaque with a brown ring on the bottom and a beautiful 1 inch tan head and great retention with a nice lace circle

Smell: Chocolate and coffee with piney hops in wonderful balance

Taste: This is hands down one of the most perfectly balanced black IPA's you will find. The chocolate malt and pine hop flavors work perfectly together. The finish carries a wonderful roasted coffee note

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation and slightly dry

Overall: This is in my top 3 black IPA's I have had. Just a wonderful beer and highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 01:26:10 | More by DarthKostrizer
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New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pitch black, a very nice two inch sticky light tan head. Smell is pine, carmel, and some breadyness. Taste all that, with a slight roastyness. Plenty of carbonation and body. Wish I had it a little younger, it was bottled on 6/23/11. I am sure the hops were a little more pronounced two months ago, but a winner either way.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 00:57:18 | More by SawDog505
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled enjoyed tonight during a visit to Asheboro, NC (taking the 7 month old to the NC Zoo tomorrow)

Solid pour, dark brown, cola-like with tan/espresso soft head that didn't care to stick around long but clings with great lacing.

Aroma is so rich for a black IPA. I've found others have a muted smell, but this is equally huge pine hops, very earthy as well as a toasted, bready malt scent and an edge of sweetness.

Taste is very hop forward and builds from start to finish with a long lingering bitterness. The malt give a light chocolate balance that fights for position but ultimately is drowned out by full flavored earthy pine. During the middle part of drinking this beer I found it to be too hot with the ABV but thankfully it mellowed out after just a couple of sips.

Mouthfeel is definitely full and has a nice smooth middle followed by a dry, sticky finish. Maybe a touch excess carbonation

A very good beer. The 9.2% is no doubt in there - tasted and felt. For hop lovers that are enjoying this black/cascadian IPA movement, this is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 02:58:46 | More by KidsDoc
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring this bad boy out and its a nice dark brown color. An average sized light cream colored head forms. The head dies down to a drinkable level quickly and never really leaves. The beer smells great. The hops are really fragrant but at the same time I can smell the malt coming though. Based on the smell I was expecting a strong bite from the hops. The flavor is very nice. The hops and the malt smells blend very well in the flavor. The beer has a very nice bitterness to it that seems to change through the sip. What I mean by this is that from when the beer first hits your lips then gets swallowed the bitterness changes. It even kind of lingers. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall this is a kick ass beer. I like hops and I like dark beer and this blends them really nice. I really didn't know what to expect with this beer. I was hoping for good but was cautious of anyone seeming to use hemp as a selling point. I always feel brewers that use marijuana leaves on the packaging are hoping for a certain demographic to just by their beer based on that fact alone, feeling that making an actual quality beer is not important. This thankfully was not the case.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 04:42:00 | More by broken22
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken last night at The Cloverleaf Tavern.

Definitely dark, almost black, with a mocha head which is not really thick but really retains at about 1/4".

I was told by the server that people told him that if you closed your eyes you wouldn't know this was a black IPA from the smell or the taste because it's so hoppy. Whoever he was listening to need to get their sensory organs checked. In smell and taste you could easily guess this was a black IPA.

At first sniff you get molasses strongly, approaching a soy aroma. And yes, a whole ton of hops pitching a lot of pine your way. The two aromas are so strong that neither overwhelm as they balance each other out. The flavor follows along with the smell with the pine turning to pine tar. I usually don't like this but the molasses sweetness of the roasted malts really work well with this type of hop profile. So well crafted.

I had to recheck the beer list for the ABV and was shocked to see it was over 9%! This drinks more like a 6% beer. Oh so dangerous.

This is just another example of a superbly well-crafted beer from Uinta. They are rising up the ranks on my list of favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 22:49:53 | More by Naugros
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3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

5.0 A: Black color. Nearly three fingers of creamy, tan head. Retention is very good and tons of lacing. Well done here.

4.5 S: Well they certainly put some hops in this. This smells more like a regular DIPA with the black part being subtle. Floral, piney, citrusy, and even a bit herbal. The malts below give a hint of coffee and an even smaller hint of chocolate.

3.5 T: Like usual, the hops and the dark malts butt heads. Roastiness lends a bitterness that is exacerbated by the bittering hops. The roastiness itself is in fisticuffs with the pine and citrus notes though this beer puts them together slightly better than most. Herbalness is out of place all together. Chocolate hits on the tail end.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation and a pleasant creaminess. Bitter, roasty aftertaste is a bit off-putting though.

3.0 D: Despite my efforts, I've only found one black IPA that integrates the roast and the hops well. This isn't it, unfortunately. Flavors fighting each other is too dangerous for this to continue.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 19:07:01 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown/black with finger froth at top

S- Dark chocolate, pungent hop and hemp, roasted malt, hint of pine, coffee and citrus

T- Hops kick right away with chocolate and roasted malt sweetness, light coffee, hemp and a hint of black licorice and citrus at the end which compliments the beer and balances the alcohol

M- Medium body, slick, light carbonation, hoppy

O- One of the best I've had! Really savored this beer and I look forward to enjoying another soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 00:41:38 | More by OneUp
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4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer.

I don't know if I'd call it an Imperial... but it sounds cooler that way I guess :)

It's black, for sure. And an IPA, no doubt.

The addition of hemp helps it stand out from the crowd. I can't honestly say I pick up the hemp strongly... but I think I can sense it. It blends well with the hops, and maybe lingers a bit in the aftertaste. And that's a good thing, this beer has a long, lingering, and really pleasant aftertaste.

It's pretty to look at. The head wasn't too huge, but certainly there.

I've been surveying many of the Black IPAs lately, and this is the first one that moved me to do a review. It was really good, and had a character that was a bit different from the rest. I haven't had many Uinta beers (any?), so I look forward to trying more, and see if there's a similar character at all.

I enjoyed this beer with various chocalates, and some red licorice. The licorice probably wasn't the best pairing... but I like licorice.

I also like the name of this beer, named for a star in Ursa Major, cool! And I also like that it was available in a 4-pack, because I rarely want to commit to a 6-pack, and sometimes a single just isn't enough to give the full impression the beer deserves. But now that I'm 3/4 the way through the 4-pack, I think I've got the idea. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 05:14:16 | More by HighCarbDiet
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3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with about an inch of off-white head which stuck around for about a quarter of the glass. Aroma is a ton of dark chocolate that seems slightly burnt. Some piney hops floating in the back but nothing standing out. Flavor is a milky dark chocolate at first but transitions quickly to a bitter chocolate backed by a earthy dry finish.The middle gave way to some sweeter, dark flavors with some smokey tobacco. I like how the aroma was misleading to the hop character.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 23:22:35 | More by DrinkingDrake
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3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown, almost black, with a decent foamy off-white head that reduces to a ring. No lace. Hmm.

Interesting nose out of the bottle -- hemp? You get the pine and resin of hops and the dark roasted malt.

Big hops in the mouth up front. Piney and bitter. Clears a touch to include a bitter charred malt. A little tart edge, some astringency, charcoal, leading to a pure bitter finish. It isn't a style issue, it just...lacks good balance. Big hop and bitter, but pushed behind is the malt. I don't taste the alcohol at all.

Medium body, ok carbonation.

I'm ok with this one, but it is another example where I'm getting increasingly critical of how this style is made. This black imperial IPA is well made but over the top in hop application. I liked it but I also know I'd be reluctant to reach for #2 right away.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 23:04:35 | More by OtherShoe2
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black pour with just a hint of red. Dense two-finger head atop the dark chocolate liquid. Great retention and light lace.

Nose is light smoked bacon with faint hop esters. Much more understated than expected.

Very creamy initial impression. Lots of body for the style, with light roast malt, light coffee, and a big roast finish. Hops are starting to kick in now with citrusy sweetness in the finish. Really compliments the dark malts well. Feel the alcohol more than really taste it.

Not bad, not great, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:06:08 | More by beer2day
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3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into dfh signature glass

Pours a deep black with a frothy tanned head resting on top. Slowly fades into clouds of film with a thick collar around the glass, patchy and spotty lacing left behind.

Pungent hop bite in the nose, piny and resiny with some citric tones. Dark roasted malt and soft sweetness, light touch of alcohol.

Smack of bitterness up front, driven by pine and resin soaked hops. Dry and aggressive, but tempered a bit by some citrus tones with orange and grapefruit, touches of pith as well. Roasted malts, light touches of chocolate and nuts, soft sweetness. Plenty of pine hops towards the finish with a bite of alcohol.

Medium body, decent carbonation, a bit rough on the palate though, lingering and dry. I find black IPAs to be very hit or miss, but I was into this one. Definitely more on the aggressive side, which is typically how I like it.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 02:33:10 | More by xnicknj
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard this one compared favorably to Sublimely Self Righteous. Being a big fan of Stone's black ale, I just had to try this one. And I am glad I did....

Its been 10 minutes or so since I poured this beer and the head is showing no signs of leaving any time soon. This lovely pillow hovers over an inviting dark ale. Any light that is able to permeate the glass reveals that this liquid isn't black, so much as it's the deepest of reds. A dark mahogany? Whatever it is, it's pretty. The lacing is also impressive.

The scent is part sweet (cocoa/roasted malt) and part earthy (pine). There's a hint of alcohol, but not nearly enough to disturb the cocoa/pine harmony. I'm hoping the tongue finds this Black IPA to be as balanced as the nose does.

The ale glides down the tongue like oil. So slick, but finishes with a slight fizz on the roof of the mouth. Yeah, this ale is super hoppy. As a fan of the Ruinations and SN Torpedos of the world, I find this to be right up my alley. That being said; the evergreen hop is well countered with dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Again, a terrific balance. The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of beers.

I love this beer. This my fourth Black IPA that I've tried. It takes the cake for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 21:15:30 | More by iheartIPA
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown opaque color, with a creamy dark tan head.

S: Smells very hoppy and bitter which gives way to a roasty stout like aroma.

T: Bitter hops up front, almost overpowering, but in a good hop loving way. The hops recede into chocolaty roasted malt flavors. It is balanced, but intense in every way. Alcohol is hidden well, just a little warmth to tell it's there.

M: Medium-heavy mouthfeel, good carbonation. Just not a sessionable one.

O: This beer was intense, but it is definitely the best black ipa i've had thus far.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 00:52:19 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very very dark brown. Almost black, but not quite. 2 finger mocha colored head. Plenty of sticky lacing throughout.

S- Initially somewhat bittersweet and malty. Followed by a slightly hoppy and piney finish.

T- Follows the nose, but a little bit more bitter hops aftertaste. First Black IPA. A unique taste, as it looks like a porter or a stout, but no chocolate or coffee for my taste buds. Certainly no where near the sweet taste of most stouts and porters that I have tried.

M- Slick, oily, silky. Decent carbonation. Taste or feel does not hit ABV for me.

O- Again, my first Black IPA, certainly will not be the last. I like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 20:48:08 | More by capeannbass36
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 4/26/11, served in a pint glass, shared with a friend and passed to the left as it should be.

Big 2-3 inch head with a frothy top that sits above a root beer float like head body. Leaves behind a decent amount of lacing, nothing too great. Black body with light brown edges, coffee-like appearance.

Nose is mostly roasted malt but has a distinct, and very nice, hoppy smell, a bit of pine mainly, slight alcohol presence. Taste is really enjoyable as well. At 9.2 % the alcohol is certainly present but the other flavors cover is nicely. Strong coffee presence, chocolate and roast malt notes surrounded by a great hop blast of resiny, juicy, piney hops. I’d like to think that I can taste the hemp seeds but I’m probably imagining it. Full mouthfeel, completely tongue coating that made tasting my next beer impossible but very enjoyable nonetheless. Carbonation is pretty close to perfect as well, medium to high, small bubbles good creaminess. Drinkability is as good as it can be with a big this big and flavorful but it would be tough to roll more than two.

This is my first review of a black IPA and although it was very good Sublimely Self-Righteous still holds the title, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 05:48:00 | More by LSUPT
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with a half-inch of light tan head that leaves a fine lace as the beer goes down.

S: strong hops, piney and citrusy, and a slight sweetness and roasted smell

T: Strong hop bite throughout, roasted flavor follows the first hit of intense hops. Well balanced beer for sure.

M: good carbonation, a little thick, though expected since it is a black IPA.

O: good beer, love the hops and the bitter. Both the sweetness and hops balance well together.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 04:37:05 | More by abgba121
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3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium Globe from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Pours a deep ruby in the light and quite black indeed. A half inch of toffee foam persists moderately.

Nose of hops initially upon cracking the bottle, though more of roasted barley after the pour. Bit like a porter yet with a light al cohol sense to it. Pleasant though subdued nose, with a remote Belgian character.

Flavor is somewhat creamy with chocolate and roast. Smooth for a beer of its strength, slightly sweet and with a bit of light smoke. Hint of cherry with a lingering flavor of sweet roasted barley.

Smooth and with a light bitterness, this may be Imperial and it may be Black. But an IPA it is not in my view. A decent brew nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 06:53:25 | More by HalfFull
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3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Exagerated pour yielded a huge head of mocha colored foam that permanently laced the glass. Dark Mahogany with a slight red tint. Smells of bread and plum/prune. Coffee beans, yeast, slightly bitter at the end. Not too hoppy, and the alcohol is not overpowering. Interesting beer, reminds me more of an Russian Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 03:14:27 | More by Glibber
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of blanketing lace despite a rather modest head. Dark ruby brown where the light does shine through. Appears to be clear.

Earthy, harsher hop smells

Smooth beginning to the taste, then the black patent malts show up. After that is the alcohol warmth. The swallow is more of the burnt malts with a light hop in the background. Comes across as an Imperial Stout and less as an IIPA, although the body is thinner than an I.S.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 21:02:02 | More by smcolw
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3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark color with a nice creamy 2 finger head

S- Has some hop aroma up front with some strong roasted malts

T- Has a decent hop up front then has some roasted smokey flavors in the middle and finishs with a crisp feel

M-Medium Bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall i was exspecting more from this. After reading all the good reviews and having a nice Local black Ipa the day before this one was very drinkable but not much flavor really. Kinda bland and just ok. Will not search out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 16:20:21 | More by zrab11
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Fitting name for this black, oily, sticky-smelling hemp seed-infused Black Ale—or, as they call it, an Imperial Black IPA. By far one of the most epic heads; the black color of this brew is inviting, too. Thick resin of citric hop and hemp in the nose, a bit piney with mild chicory and cocoa powder from the malt, and ripe fruit from the alcohol. Pungent hop smack tackles the palate hard, sticky resin with evergreen and mixed citric flavors. Malt sweetness and the blackness behind it break through just enough to keep the beer in balance. Alcohol is a bit amped up, but not hot. Hop and hemp flavors stay for a while during a semi-roasted bittersweet finish. Wow, a lot to take in. But in the end, this ale works, as all flavors meld well together.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:28:42 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Might be the first Double Black IPA I have tried, maybe had one at Alchemist, don't remember. Either way, interesting in giving this a shot. Bottled 05/27/11, fresh.

A- Pitch black into my pint glass. A big mocha colored head forms and retains very well, looks like cream on top of the beer. Rings of lace form with each sip.

S- Big citrus (orange, lemon) notes are noticeable right away from the hops. Besides that I get earthy, pine hints and the roast malt.

T- The big difference here is a very noticeable roast cocoa and dark malt presence. The flavor is also much more earthy, pine and floral. Acrid roast bitterness.

MF- Creamy, nice silky feel to a nice thick bodied ale. Have to mention the roast and hop bitterness combining in the finish.

A good beer which brings an interesting flavor to the table. Maybe a bit less roast and the hops would shine through a bit nicer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 02:20:33 | More by cbutova
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, the label tells the consumer (me) that this was "Bottled on 05/27/11"

Pours near black, with some dark ruby highlights on the edges. Frothy mocha head, large and lovely, stays at the one inch level, slowly going to a thicker film, collar, sheeting, copious lacing, the works.

Chocolate infused nose, with some earthy hop notes.

Smooth, soft, subtle and tasty, with the 9.2% way in the back ground, creamy chocolate all through this one, drying herbal and again earthy hops in the rear to add the balance, bite and intrigue. Quality dark/black DIPA...well worth giving this one a try....

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 03:14:09 | More by Billolick
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,360 ratings.