35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jason on 04-28-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of ygtbsm94
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of COR8RFAN
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sposter4
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cramerican
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Palm Springs Liquor in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.99 (on sale from $7.99)
Purchased: June 14, 2015
Consumed: June 17, 2015
Misc.: Enjoy by Oct. 3, 2014

Poured a black color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki tan, rocky head. Settled nicely on the top after a few moments. Good amount of layered, foamy, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled roasty malts, chocolate, nuts, Cascade, caramel and toffee. Still pretty good considering it was eight months after the enjoy by date. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted kind of close to the nose, getting smoky, roasty malts. Also Cascade, floral, chocolate, toffee and light Citra hops. Alcohol is well-hidden, but that could be the beer being eight months past due. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium-to-full body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, smoky finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Obviously I would have liked to have this fresh, but it wasn’t that bad. Would like to have some more beers from Boulder Beer. (Overall - 3.50)

3.62 | 82 | B

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Photo of sneth019
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONUMello
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle best by October, 2014 poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a thin head
S: Toasted malts and a nice hoppiness, though rather generic
T: Like the nose. Certainly past its best-by date though didn't taste old, just not that complex. Nice mix of dark malt and hops
M: Medium-bodied, somewhat bitter, hides the alcohol well
O: A decent black IPA but nothing more; kudos to Boulder for providing us with now 36 years of alternatives to bland beer!

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Photo of Swright752
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CampusCrew
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uno
4.99/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a very good beer, overall, but I'm not sure it's a black IPA (or, rather, American Black Ale). Tastes almost like an imperial stout to me (which isn't a bad thing, as far as I'm concerned).

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Photo of Boto
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle: this one pours a very dark brown color, yet it is clear. A small tan head that leaves some lacing. Good nose. Some pine, herbal notes, a hint of chocolate and a whiff of alcohol. The taste is good. Big malt body, with just a small underlying sweetness. A pretty fair amount of hops to balance the malts. A touch bitter. Some roasted malts, chocolate, herbal flavors. Some grains and citrus. This is good!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"Dark black in color with a big all-around hop presence, Boulder 35 remains a well-balanced IPA with a smooth roasted malt flavor. And at 9.5% alc./vol., it's a perfect beer to share among friends while raising your glass to Colorado's vibrant craft beer scene, all started 35 years ago. Party like it's 1979!" Brewed in the style of an American Black Ale. Brewed as a one-off commemorative release to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Boulder Beer. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foamed head of a caramel-tan color over a very dark brown body with espresso highlights. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Hop notes of pithy citrus, pine resins, and zesty grapefruit with a moderate acidity meets malt aromas of lightly roasted grains, chocolate malt, black patent and caramel syrups with a perceived low sweetness. The hop profile seems to dominate the nose with a relatively tame malt backbone to counter. 3.75

(Taste) The malt profile doesn't meet the cleanliness and accessibility of the aroma, even despite having a milder malt flavor than most black IPAs. Light black patent malt, chocolate and faint roast generate a toasty but light body with a mild sweetness. The hop flavors sweep in for the midsection, mostly pithy citrus, herbal and vegetal hop flavors, finishing moderately grainy with notes of grapefruit peel and earth. Some yeast-generated flavors of licorice and raisin add some complexity to the beer. A bit hot and grainy, especially on the finish. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) The texture is mildly chewy, lightly slick and moderately dry. Carbonation is medium, generating a medium frothiness and a mild crispness on the finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly grainy and bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is medium, and there are no off characters otherwise. 3.5

(Overall) Those wary of super bitter Black IPAs may stay away from Boulder Beer's 35th Anniversary Ale. The hop profile is more noticeable and better ranged than others in the style, generating subtle citrus and grapefruit character in addition to the more common notes of herbal, peppery, spicy and earthy hops. Despite the diversity of the hop profile, the beer itself is noticeably grainy for what is in the bottle, exposed mostly by a limited depth malt profile that doesn't quite hit the mark on roastiness, depth of body nor sweetness. The resulting beer is one that falls short of the golden standard for Imperial Black Ales on account of its malt lightness and gruff booziness. While there are far worse anniversary trials and errors out there, perhaps Boulder's 35th anniversary celebration may be a birthday party-in-a-bottle worth forgetting. I'd pass on this one.

Boulder Beer's
35th Anniversary Ale Imperial Black IPA

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Photo of tjsmith910
2.56/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

not at all what i expected

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Photo of jucifer1818
2.31/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


This is a weird beer, but in retrospect, it makes sense. It was dark, but it honestly tasted like a American Barleywine (but one that was REALLY dark.

the nitro carbonation was a unique touch, but honestly, did not work.

It tasted like a hot barleywine with the consistency of baleys Irish cream, without the Benefit of sweetness /chocolate/coffee to back it up.

Could had been worse, but pass it.

This was a review of a 3 buck pour of the stuff.


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Photo of skaboom420
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - black/ dark brown with 1 finger of head and some lacing left on the glass. No clarity

S - black licorice and some dank hops. Great aroma but you need to stick your nose in deep

T - the hops have faded on this one. More of a porter. 9.5% is well hidden. Mildly sweet, and fade citrus and bitterness on the back end

F - medium bodied and medium carbonation

O - a good brew which was probably better fresh

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Photo of pkalix
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nordbier
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found this at my local House of 1,000 beers in the 20% off section. Figured what the heck at 8 bucks it can't be terrible. Into a pint glass.

A - Ah wax top a slight annoyance but classy. Huh not as dark as I expected some escape able light at the base giving a slight amber hue to the darkness and head is a very creamy mocha brown. Excellent lacing is winning me over so far.
S - even though bottled 8 months ago it has a strong herbal pine bite that resolves to a grapefruit hop zest. Slight underlining roasts great me with a bit of sweet malts in the smell.
T - Actually quite exceptional the hops have taken a bit of a backseat giving me a DIPA citrus/mango experience. Roasty malts have also mended together quite well giving a bit of coffee and a very good smokey taste to the finish.
M - Very creamy and balanced it never goes beyond medium body despite it's high octane ABV.

Overall I am very impressed with this dare I say this may have been the best Black IPA I have had all year! Wax top for the win! If you see it pick it up you will not be disappointed!

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Photo of BigRizz62
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Keepnitrl
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/15/2014. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/roasted malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pineapple, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, balance, and robustness of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/roasted malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and slightly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial black IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/roasted malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp drinking for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.76/5  rDev +1.3%

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