Black IPA
Brasserie Dunham

Black IPABlack IPA
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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #127
Ranked #13,566
3.95 | pDev: 7.34%
Brasserie Dunham
Quebec, Canada
Very Good
Black IPABlack IPA
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is old school, and everything i want in a black ipa. its big and frothy and robust, its malt bill seems huge to me, tons of roasted bitterness, even burnt earthiness, but also notes of chocolate and espresso, and i think the extra body sets it up nicely to go with all these hops. to me the hops have a northwestern complexion, fresh pine and spiciness, maybe some cascade and/or centennial in here, it has that kind of vibe to it, and i think the freshness of the hops with the dense earthy nature of the malts is a nice juxtaposition, achieved in a higher extreme here than in other beers in this style, as the hops and the grains are both very intense, but find a way to work together so well. coffee and oily spruce notes go together nicely, and the bitterness is high, but not quite a double jeopardy situation from the roast and the hops, but it sure lingers long in the finish and has a ton of depth. good carbonation is needed to keep it moving, and in the end i cant believe its as low in alcohol as it is! it feels a lot more heavy than it really is, which i love in a fall season context. great beer from a great brewery!

Sep 16, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not very hoppy for a black ipa but quite bitter. Roasted, earthy. It's flavorful but not very deep. Medium carbonation and light mouthfeel. Went well with roquefort

Jan 08, 2017
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janubio from Spain

3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black colour with a huge brown head That is there all the while. ƧGood crying lace. Aroma of coffee,chocolate, dark fruits, hops. Full body and strong carbonation. Taste of coffee, resines, chocolate and hops. Bitter finish. Good, but I miss some of the IPA characters.

Dec 26, 2016
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Poljazz22 from Canada

4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As mentioned y the other reviewers there is lots of foamy brown head. It subsides slowly.The beer itself is an opaque black. It smells of toasted malt, coffee, caramel and citrus hops. It is one of the best dark ales I have ever had. Being less than 6% abv you can have a few of these without having to fall off your chair. So dark tasty sweet and dry with chocolate coffee fudge and citrus it's all there. Don't leave Montreal without it!.

Jun 05, 2016
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VbolieuV from Canada

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a huge off-white head.

Smell fresh hops and dark chocolate mostly.

In the mouth there's lots of chocolate flavors, some roasted notes too with a crisp bitterness.

Really easy to drink, really smooth.

May 03, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with medium brown head. Aroma is really nice, dark roasted malts, caramel and some earthy hops that integrate very well. Taste starts quite roasty up-front, also hoppy, nutty, good amount of bitterness. Finish is even more bitter and roasty. Aftertaste is bitter, even a bit ashy and dry. Body is quite light, making the beer easy to drink. Really nice one overall, tasty and very easy to drink.

Dec 17, 2015
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TheDoctor from Canada

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Jan-14-2015

Pours a thick opaque black with a big, three fingers of thick head with all the shade of the brown-tan spectrum, settles to a healthy, rousable film. Good retention; lots of sticky lacing. (4.25)

Bright citrus, dark roast. Citrus rind, roasty, spicy potpourri, maple, coffee, bitter chocolate. (4)

Dark bitter with a bright hop finish. Soft, total bitterness with citrus pith, charred wood, coffee, bitter chocolate. (4)

Kind of watery feeling with a medium body and a lingering bitterness that coats the mouth, lively carbonation. (3.75)

Very good Black IPA.
This is a nice drinking, but not super drinkable dar IPA that is good not because it is very bitter but because it is both hoppily bitter and burnt malt bitter. Makes for a nice, layered IPA.
Pours beautifully with a sunny, citrusy smell that sort of hints at the maltiness. It tastes really roasty and malty with the hops coming in a little later with citrus and a bit of a medicinal tinge.
If anything it is a little too thin and with too many bubbles. I think on nitro it actaully might be really interesting. It has everything else going for it. It feels kind of creamy anyway.
Would have again; definitely worth finding. (4.25)

Feb 01, 2015
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ludachris from Canada

4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The roasted malts used to brew this beer give it a deep cola brown hue. The edges are the only place light gets through. The head is absolutely massive on this. It's billowing and fluffy; reminiscent of meringue in both look and texture. Messy strings of lace stick to the glass as the head slowly dissipates.

Dark chocolate and cocoa powder blend harmoniously with the hop character made up of fresh pine and a grapefruit twang. Some rich fudge notes reveal themselves as the beer warms. The aroma isn't in your face but it's very intriguing and you know right away what style it is.

It's piney and a bit resinous at first. Its fresh quality is furthered by suggestions of mint. This green, lively hop character carries on throughout. Its bitterness trumps the malt character but there's still ample bakers chocolate and a fudge-like richness. A flash of citrus peel in the middle makes me think of a Terry's chocolate orange, but only for a second. We're left with a green, leafy bitterness in the finish that dries things out a bit.

The body is chewy and rich without being too heavy and filling. It's got a perfect weight to support the flavours within and still remains highly drinkable.

This has to be one of my favorite black IPA's to date. These days I find myself gravitating more towards the cleaner side of IPA's. Sure it's packed with flavor and has plenty of complexity but its bitterness doesn't slow you down from taking the next sip. What a brew!

Feb 19, 2014
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ZachT from Canada

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, very well carbonated (three inches of head), nice lacing
S: Slightly citrusy hops, caramel/toffee malts, slight chocolate malt aroma, slight alcohol
T: Bitter hops (almost pungent - and I don't mean that in a bad way), once the bitterness settled in, you get nice citrusy hop flavours, followed by slight chocolate malt in the background, finish is quite dry
M: Medium-light body, very well-carbonated, nice bitter and dry finish
O: Nice tasting beer, not nearly as heavy as some of the other BIPA I've had but big on flavour, starts with the nice bitter hops, get some of the citrusy flavours from the hops once the palate adjusts to the bitterness, and it finishes with some subtle chocolate malt tones - great example of the style

Jan 13, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle, another awesome trade from papat444. Merci, mon ami!

This beer pours a solid black, with very, very slight basal tan highlights, and three fingers of puffy, bubbly, tightly foamy beige head, which leaves some violent sea storm lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, chalky cocoa, muddled tropical fruit, a tiny treacle sweetness, and some soft forest floor pine notes. The taste is fairly bitter grapefruit, tangerine, and pithy apple, toasted bready caramel malt, subtle dark chocolate, a twinge of simmering coffee, and charred pine forest (the good kind).

The carbonation is on the quiet, contemplative side, the body a decent medium weight, and tentatively smooth, the stout-borne essence taking a hit on the chin from the swirling hop edginess. It finishes off-dry, the roasted caramel malt, and ever-darkening chocolate contending well with the lingering bitter, fruity hops.

A balanced, well-rounded, and ultimately enjoyable ABA. Sometimes when things are simply good, there just ain't that much more to say. Or maybe the bottle was just gone too quickly. At any rate, try this if you can.

Apr 09, 2013
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uno99 from Canada

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Easily the best characteristic of this one. Very dark brown with thick and rich tan head with massive retention and lacing. Not sure if this is to style but it looks great.

S: Flowery hops, some pine and citrus. Well balanced hop profile. Nice bit of roast there too.

T: Quite impressed by this beer. Very tasty and balanced. Nice malty middle and pine dominate hop finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thick and sticky for my tastes. Would be more refreshing if it left you dryer and cleaner.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer, and comparable to Flying Monkeys back IPA which I'd recommend as well. It would be interesting to do a side by side tasting.

Mar 18, 2013
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andrenaline from Canada

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours nearly pitch black, solid thumb of mocha head, solid retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Nice cocoa and floral citrus hop presence, burnt toast and leafy greens on the finish.

T - Flavours are surprisingly strong with the floral hop profile dominating, nice cocoa and chocolate coming through on the finish. Incredibly well balanced and super easy drinking. A fantastic example of the style.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet given the bitterness.

O - This brew is incredibly well balanced and would definitely be a go-to if this were available in my neck of the woods. Loads of flavour, well worth trying out and I'm super glad it was recommended via the BA forums!

Jan 28, 2013
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Rutager from Canada

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you papat444!

Appearance. Pours pretty darn black with two fingers of thick, dense and creamy tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Nice citrusy hops, coffee, some sweet molasses and a bit of bitter dark chocolate and dark roasted malts.

Taste. Huge bitter citrus rinds and juice, mainly grapefruit. There's some bitter dark chocolate and coffee and a little bit of lightly smokey dark malts. Nice bitter, oily citrus rind and coffee finish

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium+ carbonation, slightly oily feeling.

Overall. Some big flavours in this one. A great, full flavoured black ipa.

Dec 01, 2012
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wordemupg from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into tulip 9/8/12

A nearly black with dark cola edges, large light brown head is pretty dark and hangs on for quite a while and leaves lots of random lace, looks sexy

S tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit mix well with pine and the dark malts, coco and char come out as it warms, again very nice

T the tropical notes are a little toned down compared too the nose with more charred wood, pine and rind.

M has a nice bitter snap too it, creamy from the bubbles with a piny char aftertaste that lingers and just a little sticky on the lips

O bang on BIPA, nice balance of the dark malts and big ass hops. I could drink this one for a while without getting board and being below 6% I could have a few without falling over

thanks papat444 for sending me the bottle it was a great choice, I'd drink this on a regular basis if I could get it here

Aug 10, 2012
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SebD from Canada

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice almost jet black color to it. It has a nice thick creamy tan head that dies down slowly and leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grassy and earthy hops with some coffee and roasted malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a that grassy, earthy bitterness but also a coffee bitterness along with some sweet roasted malts. Quite bitter and as I just read on the bottle, 95 IBUs.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel. Nice lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Not my favorite style but still a good Black IPA.

Aug 03, 2012
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papat444 from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A dense black body with a thick 3 finger light tan head. Bit of a cascading effect and the foam just drapes itself. As it empties, rings all the way down.

Smell: Fresh mango & melon right of the bat mixed with some milky coffee & mild roastedness. Hops are stronger but the dark malt holds its own, barely. Juicy fruit.

Taste: Roasted malt, bitter coffee hits first. The finish is quite citric. Raw grapefruit, like licking the inside of a grapefruit emptied of its fruit after taking a gulp of coffee. Lip smacking hops grab hold and never let go though as it warms, there comes a stronger coffee presence as well as some chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: Bitter throughout though remains balanced and never over the top. Carbonation tad high but this throttles you from start to finish.

Overall: By my description, you might think this is a beast but its not. What it is is an intense, flavorful and drinkable black ale even thought the hops are stronger. My favorite bottled IPA in Quebec hands down and one of my favorites overall in the province.

Jul 27, 2012
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Beelzebeer from Canada

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle

A - Dense black body, with thick light-mocha head. Lovely.

S - Heavy on the centennial. Some malt warmth to back it up.

T - Very nice. Good balance of malt/hop, medium carbonation gives way to the the centennial/chinook mix. Lingering bitter aftertaste that might turn off some, but I find pleasant. It is a black IPA.

M - Not too thin, on the denser side. Quite nice.

O - Great beer, well put together. I wish this were available more readily.

Jun 18, 2012
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duracell from Canada

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

351mL bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a black color with dark brown hues. Beautiful rocky head with a good retention and leaving a great lacing.

S - Excellent smell. Roasted, smoky malt is very noticeable up front but the IPA side catches up quickly with complex aromas. I pick out pine, grass, and resin. A nice malty sweetness lays down at the back.

T - Real malt boldness with chocolate and coffee. A hint of black liquorice makes the transition to hoppy flavors. Absolutely deliciously balanced!

M - Smooth, medium to full body, with an excellent carbonation.

O - Bold, robust, complex, that's a great surprise that combines a lot of hop without neglecting roasted malt flavours!

May 12, 2012
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jrenihan from Canada

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black and a vigorous pour results in a large tan head. Head is pretty solid and retention is very good.

Nice scent. Citrus hops with roasted malt. Some coffee and chocolate scents from the malt. Grapefruit from the hops. The juxtaposition is a bit rough and the two sides aren't super well integrated, but both are nice and overall it works.

Taste wise, however, the malt half is far too dominant. The roasted malt and coffee are quite strong, really obscuring the hops. The citrus is there but subdued. Would like to see more balance between the two.

High carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall, some nice flavours but not what I am looking for in a black IPA. Hops are just not prominent enough.

May 07, 2012
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Sammy from Canada

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with lots of thick foamy head. Roasted malt , and chocolate aroma. Big roasted taste, with decent citrus finish. Competent for the style. Above average mouthfeel and drinkability.Good roast, with some smoke.Not the best black IPA but something good and surprising.

May 06, 2012
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ZorPrime from Canada

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty rare style in Quebec... Glad I can try one.

The beer is black with lots of floaties. A little too much. Nice beige foamy head thrones on top of it. Dense and creamy looking head. Sticky too. The aroma is roasted malts with some chocolate or cacao. Some hops in the nose too. Piny. On the taste, its again roasted malts with a nice bitterness in the finish. Piny again. Some tropical fruits too. Medium body. Light carbonation. A nice black IPA

May 03, 2012
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spinrsx from Canada

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Brouehaha for around 3$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, coffee, chocolate, and something odd/earthy/smokey. It ends with a malty/smokey/hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - Lots of crazy tastes going on here. I'm a big fan of the style an I have had a few of Dunhams other beers and this one has the same hop flavour as their other beers do. Unfortunately it doesn't work with the chocolate and roasted malt notes.

** had this again Dec 24 2012, much better - maybe I had a bad bottle previously. I've adjusted my previous rating.

Apr 21, 2012
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NForr from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Innis & Gunn tulip. Black thick pour with a huge three finger head. Aromas of floral hops, lots of it. Spicy. Roasted smells follow - coco, coffee.

The hops punches the palate with tons of bitterness; then an accompanying roasted malt taste. Some mocha flavors. Slight sweetness, also some fruit elements. I Really like this one, ...its only the second of the style that I've tasted and this is much better then the previous. The balance between the higher hop presence and the roasted attributes are perfect. This really feels like and stout and an IPA, combined. The mouthfeel is fantastic, carrying a chewy, full body that very smooth. Drinkability is high, I feel like
I could have plenty if these.

I believe this one is pretty new. This eastern townships brewery recently change their image, and the beers that they are producing. This is the first I've tried since the reboot and I'm pretty impressed.

Mar 04, 2012
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a nice brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of deep roasted malt with notes of pretty powerful hops. Taste is a nice mix between some roasted malt with dry undertones and some black chocolate notes which are well balance against a bitter hoppy finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Another winner from this brewer who just keeps on surprising me.

Feb 20, 2012
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ColdPoncho from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to BlogueDeBieres for this bottle

A - Pours like any black IPA should. A healthy tan head, a dark body. By looks, it's a dark porter or a stout. That is correct. Great lacing.

S - some roasted malt character which involves smoked meats, and a light and crisp hop profile which highlights citrusy aromas.

T - And just like it should, there is little to no evidence of its blackness on the tongue. It's crisp and citrusy, a bit dry and bitter, and a tough of roast. It's a nice tasting thing

M - Smooth and medium-bodied. Quite nice

O - this is a fine example of this style. It's a pretty good beer. I have enjoyed this.

Feb 20, 2012
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