Incredible Hop Imperial Black IPA - The Fort Collins Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev +15.9%
Mouth-watering aroma is hoppy like a good IPA yet smoky like a good stout or porter. It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent tan head that leaves some good lacing. Scrumptious flavor has strong hoppy, fruity and mocha notes with a burnt undertone and firm but not fierce hoppy bitterness and a noticeable alcohol bite. Firm-bodied texture is smooth yet lively, leaving a hoppy, edgy, bitter, and subtly fruit-sweet finish. I look forward to sampling more black IPAs. (Wait a minute - if you think about it, "Black IPA" is an oxymoron. How can something be black and pale at the same time?)
02-14-2012 23:28:57 | More by Cyberkedi
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
4.23/5 rDev +11.9%
Poured from bottle into Chimay Chalice
A: Poured a deep amber to what I would call a "chocolate orange." Head isnt exceptional, but pours at a finger and dissipates to half a finger in sticky lovely foam.
S: This hits you in the face. Let me tell you that I am typing as it sits within hands reach and I can smell it from here. I don't even have a good sense of smell... and I'll be damned if I am pregnant. It smells delicious from here... let's get a closer scent.
Orange. Grassy hops, almost earthy. Chocolate malt. Coffee. Toffee. Carmel. Roasted barley?
T: WOW. Roasted and Toasted flavor. Barley. Chocolate malt. Toffee. Carmel. Hops are not right in your face. They are more of a subtle balancing act. That does not mean that there is a lack of hops... but they aren't hitting you in the face over and over as you sip. Entireably sessionable from a taste standpoint. Alcohol is hidden well.
M: Medium bodied. Malt taste makes this seem thicker than it is. Although... it is a heavy beer.
O: I like this... but it is not what it is advertized to be. Expected more hops. Expected an in your face and punching you at will hop experience. However, for the style, this is pretty damn good. It is no Green Flash Brewing... bur it is tasty. Sessionable - even at 10%. High marks.
03-30-2014 00:20:58 | More by ahommell
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
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
Had this one on tap Monday afternoon at the Fort Collins Brewing Company in Fort Collins. Poured a midnight black color, with ruby highlights and a nice brown head on top. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and hops. Medium bodied and smooth, with flavors of roasted malt, chocolate and hops. Very good.
03-04-2011 01:27:27 | More by emmasdad
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
22oz bottle from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. This was actually handed to me right out of the case from the FCB Rep, which was pretty cool. Into a DFH Signature Glass.
Brewery lists this as 9.5%ABV on the website. "The Incredible Hop is a series of four high gravity, highly hopped, impeccably crafted brews to be released throughout 2011." According to the site this is the first of 4.
A: Pours incredibly dark, imperial stout dark, with almost an inch worth of light brown, dense head that recedes to a film of bubbles, and a ring of lacing all the way around the glass. Completely opaque. Nice looking beer.
S: Initially an enormous amount of west coast "C" hops, resinous, piney hops that smell exactly like a super fresh DIPA. Underneath that is a serious amount of roast and coffee as well. A few notes of caramel and burnt sugars linger quite a while. Surprisingly not much booze. Enjoyable.
T: Once again a huge amount resinous piney hops in this one, huge hop resin oils blast the tongue and fade into a substantial bitterness. Bitterness is aided by a huge roasted, but not quite burnt malt profile. Coffee and hops is an appropriate way to describe this. Unfortunately there is a bit of a harsh booze flavor at the end that is somewhat reminiscent of Popov vodka, which is the only thing really holding it back. Booze strengthens the bitterness. Lingers on the tongue for quite some time.
M: Medium body with a little bit stronger than I would like carbonation. Finishes really dry, and pretty hot ass well, but not too bad for a 10% beer, its too bad that the flavor of the booze is so present, because the warmth is about right.
D: Its a big, roasted, hoppy, boozey monster of a beer, and is pretty enjoyable. . High IBUs and high ABV are a potent combination, but I would enjoy every minute of drinking another bomber of this if I had one. Nicely done imperial version of the Black IPA.
03-05-2011 02:58:35 | More by pokesbeerdude
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
Incredible Hop Imperial Black IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
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