Abita Select Imperator Black IPA - Abita Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Immortale25:
4.24/5 rDev +15.2%
Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a tapered 8 oz glass.
A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Drippy, semi-resilient lacing.
S- Unique aroma of sweet malt that blends with the earthy hops creating notes of brown sugar, vanilla and caramel plus a mustiness and some alcohol to boot. A lot going on here.
T- Nice aggressive grassy bitterness to start things off and it morphs into the sweet malt making for a chocolaty finish. It's very separated too with hops in the front, malt in the back with every sip which I actually quite enjoy.
M- Sharp from the hops and viscous from the malt. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.
O- This beer has a wonderful duality to it. I would actually call it a brown IPA rather than a black IPA but that's just me. Either way, Abita is certainly stepping up their game with the new Select series. The Macchiato Espresso Stout was a bit disappointing but this and the French Connection are both stellar.
05-09-2014 20:16:35 | More by Immortale25
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3.4/5 rDev -7.6%
Coal black pour with a small tan head. Aroma was roasted malt with a hint of floral hops. Flavor has a strong combination of roasted/burnt malt, light chocolate, and then grassy and floral hop tastes. Finishes with a mild lingering grassy bitterness that gets stronger as the beer warms.
07-27-2014 21:48:53 | More by Karibourgeois
Abita Select Imperator Black IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.