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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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 87
Photo of Bruno74200
3.84/5  rDev -4%
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

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Photo of janubio
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
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. çGood 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.

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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 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 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 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 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 ZachT
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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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 uno99
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev 0%
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!

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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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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 SebD
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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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 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 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 jrenihan
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
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

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Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Kacid
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: poured from a bottle into a short pint glass; no brewed on date

Appearance: nice dark, toffee coffee black color, creamy milk chocolate colored head with medium creamy lacing. The head dissipated rather quickly but the lacing is thick and remained stuck to the glass

Nose: Slightly medicinal; smokey, chocolate. Some weird funky
smell that I can't identify; however there is a strong fresh malty backbone, as if biting into a big mouthfull of freshly mashed chocolate malt (this may be the funky smell I could not identify earlier) – this is the predominant smell in the nose and offers a floral character to the beer

Flavour: coffee, chocolate, smoke, hops grassyness, acceptable balanced bitterness – hits you like dark chocolate. Could use more hops but the level is sufficiently acceptable to label as a black ipa. The alcohol pokes through a bit more than in other black ipas – especially considering the low alcohol (5.7 abv) when compared to other black ipas. Taste is floral (rather than citrusy) hops;
floral bitterness in the back of the tongue as well that doesnt bite as hard as the initial bitterness felt more at the fore-tongue
sweet dark chocolate with hints of dark berries

Overall: More often than not, especially with this type of beer style, which tries to immitate american floral or citric hoppiness, I must make an american comparison; Tastes like a lighter, less hoppy and less complex stone “sublimely self righteous.” I would say that for a Canadian or heck any production of a black IPA this is rather outstanding; it could use some improvement but it does a damn good job of capitalizing on this new style of beer.

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