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Desert Select Black Imperial IPA - Moab Brewery

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Desert Select Black Imperial IPA
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83
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by Zorro:
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Zorro

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%
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
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mactrail

Washington

3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful foamy pour that quiets down quickly but leaves a lacy film in the New Belgium snifter. Color is a dark amber brown, nothing like black. Big aroma of fruity hops and vanilla.

Label says "fermented on American oak," and that taste comes through distinctly. It's quite a surprise in an IPA. So warm and malty with a distinct sweetness. A touch of mango. Bitter on the tongue and . Something like charcoal with more bitterness in the aftertaste.

This is a thoroughly interesting brew with great aromatics. Sweet and malty with a nice acidic tang, but a little bitter for drinking very much of it. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquor in Denver.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2014 06:18:29 | More by mactrail
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Liverocks

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-21-2014 22:50:21 | More by Liverocks
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woemad

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From notes.
16.9oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $6.99. No freshness date.

Poured a dark brown color that took on a more rubyish hue when held up to light. There was a big, off-white head that stuck around for a while and left lots of lace.

The nose consisted of hops and roasted dark malts - pretty much in that order.

The flavor began with a bitter, herbal hop taste. There was also a caramel-brown sugary sweetness, but it was initially well in the background. As it warmed up, the malt flavors rose in intensity and things became more balanced.

The mouthfeel was a bit watery.

While it became more balanced when it warmed up a bit, this beer did not rise above mediocre in any way except for it's appearance. I can usually find Black IPAs cheaper and more interesting than this one, so I doubt I'll have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 23:06:13 | More by woemad
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InfragilisBrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-18-2014 01:15:52 | More by InfragilisBrew
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-10-2014 01:38:20 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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ckollias

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

05-24-2014 23:10:45 | More by ckollias
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MDM

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-20-2014 02:15:01 | More by MDM
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle $7.69. I have to knock the appearance because a black IPA should be black, not brown. Head is good and the lace looks sticky. There is a hint of oak in the aroma, floral like perfume. Flavor is a hint of oak, fruit, not quite what is expect from the style. Overall, I'm not sure what to think about this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2014 02:04:25 | More by ArrogantB
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Focusf111

Vermont

4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-14-2014 00:04:15 | More by Focusf111
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YalovaIA

Iowa

4/5  rDev +9.3%

03-29-2014 04:21:36 | More by YalovaIA
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casapy

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-10-2014 02:20:19 | More by casapy
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Houser

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18%

12-20-2013 02:28:47 | More by Houser
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ralree

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

10-07-2013 00:59:01 | More by DerwinWentworth
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Maseitz

Delaware

4/5  rDev +9.3%

09-27-2013 01:43:54 | More by Maseitz
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Wasatch

Utah

4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-20-2013 21:29:06 | More by nmann08
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-17-2013 16:06:40 | More by MarkyMOD
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DRTBrewster

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-24-2013 21:33:52 | More by DRTBrewster
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KlayWey

Idaho

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

04-28-2013 23:07:39 | More by KlayWey
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NumberNone

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-07-2013 03:09:26 | More by NumberNone
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-16-2013 00:51:00 | More by mendvicdog
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Glibber

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-06-2012 02:37:17 | More by Glibber
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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
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Desert Select Black Imperial IPA from Moab Brewery
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