Incredible Hop Imperial Black IPA - The Fort Collins Brewery
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Reviews by SamN:
3.35/5 rDev -11.4%
Pours dark black, but not as solidly black as a porter or stout. Almost seems like you can see through it if you really star hard. Dark billowy head of fine bubbles with a slightly bubbly surface. Fades quickly, doesn't last long. Aroma is odd, like a fishy hop smell. I can't really identify what I'm smelling. It's definitely hoppy, but a hop aroma like I've never smelled before. Sort of piney and raw. Taste is hops dominate, the malts don't really come through all that much, but the taste is fresh, juicy and resiny without any real palette-shredding alpha-oil madness. After sipping a bit more, I can detect a subtle coffee and roasty flavor, but it moves along with the hops pretty well, so it stays in the background mostly. Not a bad tasting beer, better than the smell. A bit too hoppy for me personally, but I can objectively say it's not a hop bomb at all. Mouth feel is bigger bodied and pretty robust, almost stiff. Smooth, but really, you can almost feel the tensile strain when sipping.
This is my first cascad...oh, wait, sorry, "American Black Ale".
Brief jag: I hate what they named this style. Of the three intial names of this new style, Cascade was the best, Black IPA second and American Black dead last. Why did we go with the most boring and unoriginal name out of the three?
Overall, not a bad beer. Hoppier with a very subtle malt background. I'd have another, sure.
04-26-2011 23:01:54 | More by SamN
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2.28/5 rDev -39.7%
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a frothy creamy brown head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.
The aroma is bitter, slightly charred, roasted malts with a little black licorice and chalky alcohol.
The flavor is a little sweet chocolate and heavily roasted malts with a big harsh charred bitter bang in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, too much harsh charred bitterness, with not a lot redeeming for me. This was a bit more balanced and pleasant on draft.
03-21-2011 04:50:36 | More by Beaver13
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
Poured from a 650ml bottle to a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.
Color: A very dark and deep brown with a tan head.
Smell: Earth hops and chocolate come through first. Followed by orange, toasted malts and coffee. Then peach on the end.
Taste: Same as the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, Smooth with a medium dryness on the palate.
Overall: Love black IPAs. All IPA types for that matter. This is one in it's own. Balance seems a little off but still a good brew. Cheers.
03-04-2012 09:43:13 | More by Heatwave33
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
A: A mocha head builds quickly to a finger plus in height atop a dense black coloring. A thin film lacing is fairly generous on the coating. Hard to argue color wise here, a black ipa it is, modest head size and retention rate fairs good as well with a frothy topping that was mostly lasting.
S: fresh, young green pine cones and a fresh citrusy nature with a dash of peppery flair. Sweet whole grapefruit rounds things out with a moderate sense of strength.
T: Dark roast takes over on the flavor, hearty with a dark chocolate malting that interacts with a light pine hopping. Funny as the nose was fresh and green offering little in the way of roast, while the flavor was quite the opposite. The hops pick up a bit upon warming, while the dark chocolate malts are lush, dark and creamy with a rich roasted nature picking up as well. On the finish was the slightest touch of burnt grains.
M: Medium fullness, burnt roastiness coats the tongue with a quiet carbonation. Syrupy feel of burnt roasty coffee on the finishing take. Pretty edgy, nice level of roastiness, though the hops get overshadowed unless fairly warm.
D: Big time drink, limited in volume of consumption, a bomber can be adequately split with a friend and still leave you with satisfied.
04-25-2011 22:12:36 | More by beerthulhu
4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
Look: black and totally opaque with a red ring at the bottom. Great 1 inch plus tan head with great retention and some circle lacing as the head resides
Smell: piney hops mixed with the carafe malt creates a very unique scent that I can only compare to like a fruity pebbles cereal smell
Taste: upfront is quite a bit of alcohol followed by very sweet I'm assuming from the carafe malt in the middle and finishes off with that same fruity pebbles smell and obviously taste very unique
Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and leaves the mouth just a bit sticky and dry
Overall: Very unique black IPA. I actually enjoyed the beer quite a bit. Not my favorite of the style but definately worth a try and well worth the price at 10% alcohol
09-07-2011 03:35:34 | More by DarthKostrizer
4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
Near lightproof black colored beer with a small brown colored head that doesn't last.
Smells interesting more than just overpowering hops in this. Strong wheat grain with raisins with some carrot in it. Lesser smells of smoke and chocolate. Hop scent is mostly herbal like British Beer. Savory smell with one weird one, this smells of tomato!
Starts out sort of bittersweet with a little more of the bitter. Carrot and wheat husk flavor comes next. This is a little stingy on the tongue you can perceive the alcohol level. Bitter is stronger than sweet all the way through the glass. All that remains of the patent malt is an aftertaste. No strong hop flavor at all.
Mouthfeel is thick for the style.
Overall this was a very worthwhile purchase. Bittersweet beer with an emphasis on the bittersweet part. No single strong flavor, a very interesting beer.
09-10-2011 01:46:53 | More by Zorro
3/5 rDev -20.6%
On tap in a pint glass at King's Table on 8/13/12
Faded, hazy gold. It's a pretty color. A fluffy one finger head rises above the glass.
Soapy, herbal aroma - smells an awful lot like lemon pine-sol. Brutally sharp zesty citrus notes. Sugar cookie and biscuit dust. The taste is a wash of juicy orange, tangerine and lemon. Very herbal with lots of leafy tea. Ripe and dense. Strong hop crackle with a moderate bitterness. Some alcohol. Medium body for a DIPA. Oily slickness is balanced by sticky resin. Carbonation has a lively fervor that sets the overall tone for the hops. The carbonation is too vigorous.
Overall impression: Not my choice hop profile but it's pretty drinkable.
01-31-2013 05:15:33 | More by Ryan011235
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer pours a dark jet black coloring with a milk-chocolate colored head that makes a pretty decent cascade as it pours and settles. The final product is a foamy, dense, thick two inch head. This beer has a great lacing effect as it settles and you drink. The beer does have some ruby highlights in it when up to light...sexy beer. The nose is resinously hoppy, with robust flavors of sappy cedar, spicy pepper, and pine needles. This smells delicious. The first flavor punch hits the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat at the same time, and it is coffee and milk chocolate. Wait, what? Lemme take another sip...oh yeah, bitter coffee and a silky, smooth milk chocolate. Shortly after the initial shock, the hops kick it up a notch on the bitterness scale, as well as spicing it up quite a bit. This beer has a great blend with all the spicy, sweet, and bitter flavors. It keeps the tastebuds guessing with feel and flavor. Delicious! All this leads to an interesting mouthfeel, with some creamy characteristics, but also an effervescent, sharp, and crips feel to it as well. The creamy milk chocolate flavor comes through the aftertaste with a bit of the peppery hops, and the finish is crisp and a bit dry, amazingly enough. What a unique and interesting brew. I look forward to "studying" this concoction further!
05-16-2011 22:51:27 | More by GarthDanielson
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
On-tap at Ale+Witch. It pours like a typical Black IPA, brown-black with a tan head, akin to a Porter. The nose is roasty and pungently bitter, offering general notes of pine sap and citrus pith. The flavor is more of the same; quite nice, but its also fairly run of the mill for this suddenly oft-produced style. Specifics include green grassy notes, pine tar, burnt coffee and unsweetened cocoa, with the whole package focusing on robust and bitter elements. The feel is fuller of body and softly carbonated. Overall, pretty nice, but not much different from the glut of ABAs.
06-18-2011 05:24:17 | More by ktrillionaire
Incredible Hop Imperial Black IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
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