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Imperial Black - Buxton Brewery

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Buxton Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CwrwAmByth on 04-06-2013

Barley & Wheat malts
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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 18
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3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Black pour with a full finger dark beige head, receding to a thick lasting lace and a small cap on top.
Great hoppy smell, with lots of grapefruit and pine, a bit of tangerine and a light tropical note. Some subtle roasted malt, even some faint coffee. Nice.
Wow, big juicy hops in the front, lots of fruit, tangerine, lime, pomelo, bit of mango, bit of pineapple, dark berries. The citrus is so clear, with pulp, pith and peel, really tasty stuff. Some floral notes too. Malts start with caramel, some biscuit and toast, with burnt bread crust sharing the finish with piney hops and extra bitter grapefruit peel.
Medium body, prickly carbonation. Great hoppy aftertaste, again with citrus and pine, but also burnt malts and some espresso dregs.
A surprisingly good black IPA. Straightforward, but intense, far from boring.

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4.12/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Pours black with a fading light tan head.
Nose shows pine, roasted malt, caramel and grapefruit.
Similar flavours. Big spicy, piny and grapefruit notes followed by roasted malt and a little sweetness.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, black and very opaque. Tan coloured head with great retention

S - Roasted Coffee, Piney and Citrusy Hops, Caramel

T - Starts with a roasted coffee/caramel brown sugar followed by a great hop hit with a lot of citrus and pine finishes off with a sweet malt that lingers on the tip of the tounge.

M - as smooth as a stout and medium/low carbonation but works well for this style. Sweet finish

Fantastic beer, after purchasing from the pint shop in Cambridge I expected nothing less.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with super nice notes of green hops with light piney notes. Taste is also dominated by deep roasted malt notes with some fresh green hops notes is really enjoyable. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Superb balance between green hoppy notes with some lightly roasted malt notes. I wish this beer was available locally on a regular basis.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours extremely dark brown with slight amber glints on the edges of the pint glass. A gigantic espresso crema head lasts the whole glass draping it in lace sheets. Citrusy, floral hops fill the nose. Some roastyness is there too. The taste is moderately hoppy with lemon and grapefruit flavors. A lactic sweetness mingles with a somewhat restrained roastyness, chocolate and coffee. English yeast esters and diactetyl are also noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sparse carbonation. Light bitterness and some roastyness makes up the finish.

A decent American Black Ale. A bit too much yeast character and the malt and hop profiles could be more robust. Still worth a try.

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4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. ½ pt glass. Enjoyed @ L´Espumossa (Barcelona). Pure black color & very dark amber tints to the light. Beige foam, nice, copious & lasting crown. Intense chocolate aroma, hoppy notes, citrics & slight fruity to the nose. Enters creamy & roasted then floral bitterness is felt. Medium to full body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Viscous texture. Velvet & spicy palate. Touches of coffee & resins in the middle linger into a long bitter finish. Dark fruits on the aftertaste. One of the best American Black I´ve ever tasted!!

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4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $5.80 or so for a 500mml bottle Served at 8deg C in a tulip.

A- Nice dark brown. Super carbonated. Good

S- WOW This is good. Malt galore. WOW malt.

M- Creamy good. Super nice tongue.

O- Going to buy a couple more for sure

Food Pairing

This girl went well with curried goat.


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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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Imperial Black from Buxton Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.