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Desert Select Black Imperial IPA - Moab Brewery

Desert Select Black Imperial IPA
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.93%

Brewed by:
Moab Brewery visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.59% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Black Imperial India Pale Ale, spawned from west coast brewers who have no problem bending what we think about traditional ale styles, is dark, rich and extremely hoppy. Made from the finest Two Row barley, fresh Moab water, house yeast, lots of hops, it’s then fermented in American oak, dry hopped and bottle conditioned.

(Beer added by: andrewinski1 on 06-01-2011)
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Photo of Zorro


4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed brown colored ale with a massive tan colored head. Been in the fridge for 2 days and I'm sure I didn't agitate it in anyway. Truly massive head. In color is is one of the lightest colored beers for this style.

Smells of burned sugar and chocolate with some tobacco leaf. Woody scent of cedar plank. Sweet scent of brownie batter. Describing this as a burned brownie on a cedar board would sum up the smell.

Starts out bittersweet and with a long lasting after taste or scorched sugar. Strong cedar taste like chewing on a cedar plank. Mostly the flavor is strongly bittersweet. Chocolate cake flavor is in here but it tastes a bit over cooked.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall not a bad black ale but it is a strongly flavored one.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 02:09:40 | More by Zorro
Photo of ralree


3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Refrigerated around 6 months before tasting.

A: Super dark red, still translucent, perfect lacing, small bubbles.
S: Hops, smokiness, fruit smells a little off.
T: Brown sugar like mad, along with super super bitter hops - wow! REALLY lays down the law on your taste buds in the bitter dept. Finishes sweet - more brown sugar. Not much fruit - just a little apricot in the background. A little too sweet for my taste, especially coupled with the insane bitterness. Fruitier hops and less brown sugar would make this better I think - it's a little off-putting this way. Alcohol present, but not overbearing.
M: Rather dry, great carbonation, medium-body.
D: Goes down OK, but not really a "drinking" beer. More for sipping.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 00:40:14 | More by ralree
Photo of Wasatch


4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle
Swing Top

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown/black color, very very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick creamy two-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing and a huge oil slick in the middle of the glass. The nose is hoppy with some malt notes, licorice, with some slilght citrus notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, little touch of malts, and a good dose of licorice. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall I'm very impressed with this brew from MB, would recommend and buy again. Way to go MB!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 19:08:51 | More by Wasatch
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a black with a foamy off white head. There is a lot of carbonation present that makes it almost impossible to pour it into a glass without getting a lot of foam.

The aroma is of bitter coffee and toasted bread.

The beer tastes malty and sweet. You can really taste the alcohol in this beer. I do not taste any bitterness from hops, just from the darker malts at the finish.

Overall this is an okay beer. I don't know if I maybe held onto it too long before tasting it and it lost all of its hop aroma and taste or if there was not much to begin with. I would call it more of a stout than an Imperial Black IPA. In which case it was just an okay stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 12:59:26 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of Rayek


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moab's Black IPA pours a hazy burnt chestnut brown into a snifter. A generous cream tinted cap is slightly fizzy and has good staying power. A decent lace is left behind.

This is pretty standard Black IPA fare, but still good. Stout-like charred wood and coffee gets things going. Bitterness is strong and citrus powered, without being overdone. Alcohol adds a little warmth, but is well masked in the flavor. The medium body is dry and has soft carbonation.

Of the two Moab beers I've had, this is the better one. I'm glad I was able to share a bottle with my brother.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 20:01:39 | More by Rayek
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered at the brewery. Poured into a flute glass. The color is a murky brown with amber notes. The head is off-white and relatively small. Good amount of sticky lacing. Doesn't really look black enough

The aroma has mild burnt char with a touch of vegetal hops.

The taste has a nice crisp start with bitter charred malts in the forefront. The finish is slightly hoppy with some vegetable-like hops. I get a bit of yeasty twang in the aftertaste.

The body is medium and the carbonation slightly prickly.

As a beer I can drink and enjoy this alright, but I wouldn't necessarily go looking for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 04:20:08 | More by andrewinski1
Desert Select Black Imperial IPA from Moab Brewery
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