Imperial Black IPA | Brasserie Dunham

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Imperial Black IPAImperial Black IPA

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by duracell on 03-05-2012

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by lmaduells:
Photo of lmaduells
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPA style of beer are not my favorites. The black Ipa are much simpler and have more complexities. This beer will be head and wonder, is done with professionalism and craft. Good beer!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, another new six-pack recently made available in Alberta.

This beer pours a solid black, with subtle basal cherry cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and rather creamy tan head, which leaves a bit of sudsy surfacing sea monster lace in places around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of deeply charred caramel malt, smoky toffee, bittersweet chocolate, black licorice, and a slowly-appearing sharp citrus twinge - orange, grapefruit, and lemon pith - with a slightly perfumed booziness showing up shortly thereafter. The taste is a one-two punch of toasted caramel/toffee malt and bitter citrus/pine hops straight-off, before things settle a bit, and the bakers' cocoa, licorice nib, ethereal day-old coffee, grapefruit and lemon pith, and floral/leafy hop notes become evident, sort of on their own, all at the same time, if you know what I mean ('cause I'm not sure I do).

The bubbles are pretty low-key for the most part, kind of lost in the yin/yang struggle going on above them, the body a sexy medium-full weight, and well-rounded in its smoothness, which dovetails nicely into a soft creamy nature. It finishes on the sweet side, that caramel malt shedding some of its roast acridity, but still more than moderated by the lingering bitter hops, kind of singed themselves.

Once again, I'm hardly a fan of the style, but there seems to be a conspiracy amongst the craft brewing cabal to dissuade me of that notion, and this is the latest salvo in their offensive. Big, brash, and yet balanced all around, no one input dominating at any time, this Imperial Black IPA just does everything right, as much as it can, anyway. I still can't fathom drinking more than one of a brew that chooses to muffle an IPA's fresh hoppiness, but that's not this poor beer's fault.

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Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not your conventional black ipa. Deep deep roast. Big roast wafting aroma. Big black colour with thick mocha foamy head and lace. Its hoppy for sure, but its also smokey roasty. Hence the imperial tital. Above average mouthfeel, with a bit of near-astringency at the end of the bottle. From Veux-tu. A big beer, with post-drinking alcohol kick.

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Photo of Misterefe
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of seblp
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of rugene
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color ale with a generous dark color head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of bitter citrusy and resinous hops is totally dominating with some dry roasted malt also discernable. Taste is also dominated by herbal citrusy hops with some resinous notes and some dry roasted malt. Body is full with somewhat of a creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Usually not a style that I am very fond of but this one was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of dcisco44
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of ZorPrime
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Very dark black. Nice foamy head thrones on it. Sticky. Cloudy looking.

S: Dominated by hops. Pines + Fruity.

T: Very bitter. Some roasted malts but not strong enough for Imperial Black IPA. Appears to be a little bit unbalanced.

M: Medium body. Some carbonation.

O: A decent beer, but needs some refinement to be great.

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Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of papat444
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Thick black body, cascading head of a good four fingers, color of dark milk chocolate. Foam is bubbly and insistent, leaving a nice dose of lacing.

Smell: Sharp citrus, mostly grapefruit, hoppy mixed with chocolate/coffee.

Taste: The roast hits first but layer of cedar and grapefruit lies underneath with some ript orange. The hoppy fruit edges out the roasted notes yet still manages to feel less intense than the regular.

Mouthfeel: Real creamy and smooth, low carbonation makes it glide real easy and the astringency is balanced.

Overall: Seems less intense than the regular Black IPA. The hoppiness is there but the flavors don't pop out as much and leaves it less than imperial. Still good though but a little bit disappointed.

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Photo of Caudalie
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Poljazz22
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass at basement temp. ( $3.50 canadian in a six pack ) Peluso.
Opaque black with brown head. Evanescent ring left after a few minutes. Some yeast sediments. Some tears appear like when you drink cognac.
Dark malts and toast.
A lot of hoppy bitterness. Espresso and chocolate. Alcohol. Some citrus from the hops. 117 IBU! 8.6 ABV
Feels heavy with an oily coating on the tongue. Very little carbonation. Lots of cereal and lots of bitterness.
I liked the non imperial version more than this one as is was easier and not quite as extreme as this.
Still a complex and interesting beer. I"ll keep some for 6 months and see what happens.

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Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of duracell
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pours a pitch black color with a beatiful beige and very creamy head. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Hop is dominant. I pick out different varieties. The smell is very fresh, floral, herbal, almost earthy. The roasted malt is also present at the back.

T - Hop is definitely upfront with a lot of complex flavors. I find it quite medicinal but in a good way. Malt is also there, in a smaller proportion, but it balances very well the bitterness coming from the hop and adds a hint of chocolate to the taste.

M - Smooth, medium bodied with a perfect carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

O - A solid beer, very well thought-out! This is my first black IPA and I'm already very fond of the style. The roasted flavors make a very interesting blend!

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Photo of byronic
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LarryAppleton
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Derek
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pau622
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Krakpoff
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of VbolieuV
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mack
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MatChar
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Imperial Black IPA from Brasserie Dunham
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 37 ratings