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Imperial Black - Buxton Brewery

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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:
Barley & Wheat malts

(Beer added by: CwrwAmByth on 04-06-2013)
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Photo of Sam-VW
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Sam-VW, Jul 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

rale, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

petermethot, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

kjkinsey, May 22, 2014
Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

WillAndSarah, May 18, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.01/5  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.

Phyl21ca, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

WeissBoy, May 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

rolltide8425, May 04, 2014
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Molson2000, Apr 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

valianes, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of windypete
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

windypete, Apr 20, 2014
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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!!

GONZALOYANNA, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
4.3/5  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.


DaveBar, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

TerryW, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

kwjd, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of nhaimes
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

nhaimes, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

EmperorBevis, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of beholder_pl
4.79/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: pitch black with a huge tan head that just won't drop. Great lacing.

Aroma: fresh, citrusy and hoppy. Exactly how a Black IPA should smell. Even though it's black, there's no roastiness, no coffee, no chocolate in the aroma. Only fresh hops.

Taste: pretty much the same as the aroma: hoppy, citrusy, however there are some roasty notes in the background, very subtle though. Medium bitterness, perfect for this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation.

Overall: a perfect example of how a black IPA should look, smell and taste like. This one is one of my all time favourite beers and I enjoy drinking it every once in a while. Highly recommended.

Enjoyed from a teku glass.

beholder_pl, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of biegaman
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Buxton Imperial Black is unfiltered and its milky-looking natural sediment sits at the bottom of my glass like distant stars suspended in the infinite wonders and darkness of outer space - it's the kind of beer Alfonso Cuarón would brew. The surface looks pretty milky too - chocolate milk that is.

The aroma is as rousing to the senses as the spring air and smells vividly of freshly-tapped tree sap. It has the fresh aura of a budding vegetable garden and blossoming flowers. It has a kind of mintiness, a cinnamon-like spice, and the vivid expression of fresh herbs. And just smelling it can emulate the sensation of actually eating a juicy pink grapefruit.

Black IPAs offer about as diverse and expansive a flavour profile as any style of beer. Their hoppiness can be earthy (pine needles, spruce tips), herbal (grasses, minty), fruity (tropical, citrus), and/or floral or spicy. The maltiness might be roasty (coffee, dark chocolate), smoky (burnt grain, charred wood), sweet (custard, caramel), or grainy (biscuits, wafers).

It would be a complete cop out to say that Buxton's Imperial Black has elements of all the above, but it wouldn't be untrue. The flavour, like the aroma, has super pulpy citrus fruit and fresh mint flavours, except on the palate it tastes as though brown sugar was melted and caramelized over top the grapefruit. There's also minor hints of tiramisu and crème brûlée.

While this style (sometimes referred to as 'Cascadian Dark Ale') originates and is still arguably best represented in the American North Pacific, the Brits have evidently caught on. This is a thorough beer if ever I tasted one; whether we're talking malts or hops, Buxton Imperial Black leaves hardly a stone unturned. And I plan to leave no shelf unturned in my search for more.

biegaman, Mar 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

cfalovo97, Mar 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Hoppy_McGee, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

RedAleMan, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

andrenaline, Feb 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

JMBSH, Feb 19, 2014
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Imperial Black from Buxton Brewery
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