Black IPA | Brasserie Dunham

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Black IPABlack IPA

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by flipper2gv on 01-09-2012

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of hoppy_tom
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of papat444
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Westvleteren12
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Socialiste
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of NForr
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of jrempel
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of flipper2gv
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/black color with nice voluminous and tan head. Good lacing. Fully translucent.

S: You get equal part stout and IPA. Nice amount of coffee, caramel, chocolate and toffee aromas followed by nice pine resins, tangerines and grapefruit zest. Nice smoke.

T: Follows the nose perfectly. The smoke is stronger though, very porter-ish but awesomely so. Again, blend of caramel, coffee, chocolate, toffee, pine resins, tangerines and grapefruit zest. Nice hop bite (rated at 95 IBU, it shows but not too aggressively so).

M: Nice medium feel with medium to low amount of carbonation.

O: One of the best tasting beer below 6% I ever had in my life. Tons of taste, superbly balanced, extremely easy to drink. Couldn't ask for more from the only brewery in all of Quebec that offers a Black IPA in bottle.

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Photo of Poljazz22
4.36/5  rDev +9%
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!.

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Photo of ludachris
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of montrealbcr89
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of duracell
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of rale
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of dlello2
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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

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Photo of Simon38
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of KalanM
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Beelzebeer
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of yancot
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of jcubz
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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)

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Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Black IPA from Brasserie Dunham
4 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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