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

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35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States
boulderbeer.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 04-28-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
170
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.64%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
29
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Skuter's tasting.

Enjoy by 10/3/14.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, earth, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that leans more towards stout qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

boulder beer has really underwhelmed me, and for a special release from the brewery that claims to have started it all 35 years ago, i expected a lot more from this special release. its not bad, but it sure is disappointing. should have been a statement piece, instead, extremely average. the beer is light for a black ipa, tan headed lighter brown liquid, fizzy. the nose is balanced pretty well, not overly hoppy, and a little boring, but the chocolate malt is nice and fresh. the flavor is where it goes south for me. it starts off bitter and roasty from the grain, just right, but instead of moving into a big time hoppy finish, it devolves into this fresh green been thing. you know when you pick a fresh green been off the vine, and eat it right there, raw, in the garden. its snappy and juicy, but also a little chalky textured and sharply vegetal. leafy and natural, but also leaves a weird acidity on the palate? this is the same exact thing, and once i identify that element, i really cant get past it. the subtle and generic hops in the finish dont do enough to win me back over. neither does the delicate carbonation that makes this drink lighter than its abv. the alcohol comes out with warmth, and the green bean thing gets exacerbated that much more. i have nothing against boulder beer, but i am frustrated that this is what they came up with for such a monumental occasion.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the Barrel Republic.

Appearance: Dark, clear red-brown with a very large, creamy tan head that leaves a coat of lacing.

Aroma: Surprisingly vegetative (squash) aspect.

Flavor: better than the aroma suggests, and hoppy, but still not real good.

Feel: Medium+ body with medium-high but soft carbonation. Smooth.

O: Poor beer or quality control issue?

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4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vast veils of lacing in the tulip glass. PIney and funky with a little fruit and lots of that scratchy hop in the back of the throat.

Lots of aromatic hop flavors with a moderately bitter aftertaste. A hint of licorice along with a sour tang. Tangerine peels. Roasted malt with a little sweetness of dried mango. Long bitter aftertaste.

A big pleasant mouthfeel. The sweet undertone is quite friendly. Charred malt and sweet saxophone. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquor in Denver.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this at Goebels in Wichita...

Pours a crimson hued mahogany with a thumb of tan head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Roastyness. dark fruit, but fades quickly

T: Roastyness, some figgyness, & booze up front, a little charred grain & baker's chocolate up front. Slight raisin & dark chocolate notes, some roastyness, some coffee notes as well once warm, also a little bit of carob & coffee. Finishes roasty with a little bit of charred grain & carob & boozeyness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly vigorous carbonation; carbonation smooths out as this warms . Warming with nice balance

I like this, a good take on the style, drank easy

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass:

Pours very dark brown with a thin, lasting tan head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of herbal notes mixed with chocolate and roast.

The taste is of chocolate and coffee. Herbal bitterness and roast are in the finish.

It hits full-bodied, though carbonation is a tad aggressive. Alcohol very well-hidden.

This is enjoyable hoppy, dark "sipper"!

Congratulations on 35 years Boulders! Thanks for the good beers!

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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