Abita Select Imperator Black IPA - Abita Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Immortale25:
4.24/5 rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-09-2014 20:16:35 | More by Immortale25
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3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 21:48:53 | More by Karibourgeois
4.43/5 rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Imperator pours a black color with a small white lacing head. There is a noticeable burnt and floral aroma. The taste has a big bold burnt floral flavor, with small hints of coffee. Great body, good feel, nice strong flavors. Overall its a very flavorful and strong black IPA.
Serving type: on-tap
07-23-2014 04:00:46 | More by vette2006c5r
Abita Select Imperator Black IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.