Incredible Hop Imperial Black IPA - The Fort Collins Brewery
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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
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
Bottle from The Wine Seller in Ann Arbor. Pours deep black with ruby edges and an off white one finger head. Aroma of big pine cones, really focusing on the hops. I don't get much roast but that's ok. Flavor follows with bitter pine, a nice yet very slight roasted malt backing, and a bit of grapefruits. This really focuses on the hops for the style. Medium mouthfeel, slightly dry, and plenty of carbonation. A very solid black IPA. Pretty good.
02-15-2012 22:04:57 | More by BMMillsy
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
3.43/5 rDev -9.3%
Poured from a 22oz brown bomber to a pint glass.
A - The beer pours a deep black color. Opaque. No highlights or colors on the corner. The head was a nice 1 1/2 finger tan had. Thick lacing not a ton of lacing.
S - Citrus and piney hops up front though not nearly as strong as I anticipated. Some chocolate and coffee tones as well. Not as much here as I anticipated or expected.
T - Well the beer starts pretty sweet. Not much roast, chocolate, or resin flavors immediately. The middle of the beer brings a strong bitterness and the malt flavor, though not a terrific blend. The alcohol cuts through on the back end. A little stiff, not a great blend.
M - It starts smooth and quickly fades to sharp. Good carbonation.
D - A little strong in the alcohol flavor for much drinkability.
Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-15-2011 02:20:27
01-27-2012 14:00:40 | More by hopfacebrew
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
I tried this at the brewery as part of the sampler. I thought the aroma was fantastic. The flavor wasn't quite as good but was enjoyable. I thought about picking up a bottle to take home but I'm a little tight on space so I passed. But it's worth a try.
01-25-2012 01:07:33 | More by GJ40
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
22 oz bomber pours opaque black with adequate head and lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, alcohol, and citrusy hops. Taste of cocoa, licorice, and lemony hops with alcohol pretty well hidden for 10%. A bit metallic. Thin mouthfeel with rather wet finish. This beer really warms the belly at 10% but it's rather subdued for a beer this strong.
01-15-2012 02:57:58 | More by coldriver
3.6/5 rDev -4.8%
Poured into a pint. Deep black, three finger tan head, very nice lace.
The smell is mostly charred coffee and chocolate, there is a touch of citrus near the end.
The taste starts with creamy mocha and a small blast of the booze. Citrus hops end up in the middle followed by a chocolate/mineral/booze taste. Not bad, but a bit mineral and booze heavy. Goes down pretty smooth.
This beer will mess you up. The booze is there, but not noticeable enough until the chuckles hit. Overall I say grab one, it might be more up your alley than mine. I prefer a lower ABV and a bit more balanced ABlackA. Not bad though.
11-05-2011 02:08:31 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
3.8/5 rDev +0.5%
Whoa. That will teach me not to read the bottle. Expecting an IPA, I poured it and almost jumped in shock at the deep, dark black colour coming out of the bottle. Deep and black it is, with a very fine and creamy head of milk-chocolate brown. Body is a little thinner than it would be for an imperial stout, but in all other respects it rather resembles one. Pretty impressive.
Nose is presented twice. First, still it gives off deep roasty and chocolate tones, with a deep dark sweetness that almost epitomises a big American stout. Then, when it's swirled, the resinous hop characters get released, giving a pine fragrance and sharp grapefruit aroma. Oddly enough, you never seem to get both at the same time—the hops overpower the dark characters when they're present, and when still, the hop fragrance isn't activated. It's interesting.
Taste is smooth enough, but missing something key. Here, the dichotomy of styles means that neither reaches its full potential: it's neither hoppy, crisp and bitter enough to be an IPA, nor full, rich, and deep enough to be a big stout. Instead, we get this middling ground of muddled chocolate, a bit of roast character and a lingering hop oil character on the back palate. Feel is smooth and pleasant, though, and the 10% is well hidden under the big confused flavours.
A nice beer, but not one that's particularly well integrated, and one that perhaps doesn't justify the existence of this style. And it's a style that continually needs to be justified when there's perpetually confused examples of it like this one.
10-08-2011 22:41:50 | More by lacqueredmouse
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
4.05/5 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
3.6/5 rDev -4.8%
Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch bubbly dark khaki head that settles to a craggy cap. Random streaks and curtains of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Looks very much like a thick stout in the appearance. Smell is of roasted malt, grapefruit, and citrus zest. Taste is of pretty much one-sided with grapefruit and citrus zests up front with a minor malt presence on the finish. The taste is all about the hops and a bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is a bit flat with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good black ale that has somewhat overpowering hop flavors that don't allow the malt to really balance them out.
08-25-2011 03:44:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
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
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
A: Deep, dark black color (dark ruby red in intense light). Poured a 2 finger tan head that dissipated to a skim. Decanted lightly (see it when held up to strong light). Laced in spots and broken rings.
S: Big caramel malt aromas. Floral and herbal hops follow; grapefruit, pine and white pepper too. Bitter roasted coffee in the background. No noticeable boozy aroma.
T: Rich toasted malts and a variety of hop flavors consistent with the nose. Huge resiny hops dominate the middle. Very sharply bitter in the finish accentuated by the coffee flavors. The bitter along with warming alcohol linger a bit in the finish.
M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation (a little more may have helped the finish). Big resiny monster. Finishes really dry and warming.
O: Good deal of malt character in a huge hoppy beer. ABV limits drinkability somewhat.
05-10-2011 21:01:11 | More by Haybeerman
3.78/5 rDev 0%
Pours a very dark brown, black in the glass, two fingers of creamy medium brown colored head, delicate splotches of lace left behind. Smell: pungent pine, tangerine, citrus rind, a hint of bitter chocolate way beneath. Taste: pine, pulpy grapefruit, leafy, light roasted note with a little powdery dark chocolate. Nice, but it's far too boozy. Light-medium bodied but sprints off the palate leaving hot booze and piney astringency. Just tone down the booze and this one would be pretty nice.
04-28-2011 03:36:41 | More by babaracas
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
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
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Poured a pretty dark brown with a small head that lingered for a couple minutes. Aroma of malt and bitterness (I could tell it was going to be a bit bitter on the palate). Taste was a lot of sweeter malt on the front with a nice hoppy bitterness at the end that stayed with me a minute or two. Would love to try this on tap; will do this one again.
04-13-2011 07:26:27 | More by Schmittymack
Incredible Hop Imperial Black IPA from The Fort Collins Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.