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Imperial Black - Buxton Brewery

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Imperial Black
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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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Reviews by biegaman:
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Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

03-09-2014 06:56:28 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-02-2014 00:40:41 | More by Sammy
Photo of DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +8%

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.


04-14-2014 01:39:31 | More by DaveBar
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Quebec (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

05-17-2014 18:19:23 | More by Phyl21ca
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

05-18-2014 22:52:25 | More by WillAndSarah


4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

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!!

04-14-2014 08:22:10 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $5.50

Appearance - Dark brown/black colour with a large size frothy light beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fantastic lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, chocolate, coffee, grapefruit/oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of hops mixed with some citrus notes and some chocolate and coffee. There is also some malts and just a touch of anise. It ends with a hoppy malty aftertaste.

Overall - Surprisingly solid. I'd never heard of this brewery but this is one of my favorite styles of beer and they've done it justice. Needs a little refining, but there is a nice mix of fruity/malty/hoppy notes.

02-06-2014 01:43:08 | More by spinrsx
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

02-22-2014 06:02:10 | More by RedAleMan
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-19-2014 15:11:10 | More by liamt07
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-13-2014 01:12:12 | More by EmperorBevis
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

06-19-2013 17:40:27 | More by corysmith01
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -24.6%

03-06-2014 18:45:16 | More by cfalovo97
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

02-23-2014 01:36:57 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

08-18-2013 14:54:08 | More by nmann08
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

06-15-2014 15:02:38 | More by rale
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-09-2014 23:14:05 | More by -steve-
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United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

04-20-2014 17:43:08 | More by windypete
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $5.50CDN. Looked interesting and price point wasn't unforgiving enough to try something new.

Served chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Very black, some sediment accumulates in the botttom of the glass. Impressive 3 finger ivory head is poured and leaves sticky rings of lacing as it slowly (ever so slowly) recedes. The head is light looking, tan, dense and fluffy.

Smell- Wonderful hoppy citrus aroma, perhaps some passionfruit. Not a really big nose on this but definitely sufficient.

Taste - More tropical flavors, namely melon and passionfruit with a slight lemon mix. This is rather IPA -like with such a tropical presence but the hop bitterness is signifcantly muted. Sweet without being cumbersome. The more and more I had of this, the more I enjoyed it. A real treat.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, low carbonation, and a full bodied feel, and while sweet it doesn't reach that sticky sensation that would not be good for this beer.

Overall - Really pleasantly surprised, as I picked it up without looking too much at the details since it was new. A really delicious black ale, that toes the line in becoming big and bold and something that is also somewhat sessionable since it doesn't fatigue the tastebuds the way "big" beers sometimes do.

02-17-2014 03:42:05 | More by DenisKolkin
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Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -1%

BB Aug 2014

Beer is black in colour, with a large tan head. Good retention. A nice-looking beer.

Nose contains some citrus fruit - orange primarily. Some roast malt and a bit of chocolate.

Taste is a nice mix of citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit) and chocolatey, roasted malt. An anise flavour as well. Pretty balanced between the two aspects of this style. Moderately bitter.

Full bodied, highly carbonated. Oily.

Overall, pretty good.

02-03-2014 00:55:19 | More by jrenihan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -4.3%

From a 500 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: pours a lovely dark brown nearly black with a heavy three finger head that is off white in color. The head lasts for a while before breaking and leaving copious lacing along with an interesting island of foam.

S: hops is prominent. Malts and a touch of roast also appear.

T: hops again dominates. Lovely citrus and pine. A bit sweet at the end with some malts.

M: creamy with fairly strong carbonation.

O: Well color me surprised at this one. I really didn't know what to expect and I got a bit of a surprise. I didn't expect it to be as hoppy as it was, but I liked it. For some reason I was expecting it to be maltier...I guess I forgot I was drinking a black ale.

02-13-2014 22:52:50 | More by polloenfuego
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

01-12-2014 02:56:46 | More by MisledTitan
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United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

07-07-2014 19:55:39 | More by Sam-VW
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-22-2014 04:10:35 | More by andrenaline
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-22-2014 18:03:33 | More by kjkinsey
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-19-2014 18:56:02 | More by JMBSH
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Imperial Black from Buxton Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.