Imperial Black IPA | Brasserie Dunham

Imperial Black IPAImperial Black IPA
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by duracell on 03-05-2012

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of dcisco44
2/5  rDev -46.8%

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 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 Caudalie
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of LarryAppleton
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Pecan
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dunlap926
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of tykechandler
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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 Krakpoff
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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

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 Haydn-Juby
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Looks like an RIS in the glass. Opaquely black. One finger of a mocha colored head. Some lacing, and a ring of head around the glass.

S: On the nose I get some grapefruit and cascade-like hop aroma.Floral. Upon closer inspection I get some roasted malts.

T: On the palate it tastes very similar to a RIS, but less sweet. The hops come through slightly as present themselves as they did in the aroma: floral and slightly citrusy. The hops are really fighting with the roast. It's fairly bitter , which is expected at 100+ ibus, and lingers in the back on the throat for a while. Might sound strange but I get a bit of smoke too.

F: It's dry, and I like that. Slightly oily, I'm assuming from the hops.

O: This is pretty decent beer. Nothing I'd buy again, but it's good. It's more hoppy than some other BIPAs I've had, but still not up to where I'd like it. It fringes on a RIS, but with that said it's rather nice overall.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Woo-hoo!!!! 400 and counting!

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Apr-21-2015
Consumed: Apr-25-2015

Pours pitch black with two to three fingers fluffy tan that settles to a good film. Good retention; a little bit of lacing. (4)

Coffee, chocolate, some bright hops. Toasted nuts, cocoa, caramel, coffee, earth, pine, lemon pith. (4)

Chocolatey with some citrus hops to counterbalance. Immediately hits you with chocolate/roasty malt, not burnt but a bit of char-i-ness in finish, some bitter green hops, less pronounced than in the non-imperial version. (3.75)

Light-medium body, a touch thin and somewhat creamy, drinkable, smooth finish, low-key carbonation. (3.75)

This is a nice beer and I throughouly enjoyed drinking it.
It is less everything than the 'non-imperial' version, paradoxically. But I don't think that makes it bad. If anything I feel like it is more balanced and less harsh in its contrasts than the Black IPA.
Like its cousin, it pours beautifully and maintains a good head. It is really smooth smelling and tasting with layers of thick roasty, chocolaty malt with a subtle but noticeable hoppiness. I feel like it is definitely more 'full' than the other but less extreme in general. I like that the regular Black IPA (which is among the best hoppy black ales I have had) has a really noticeable 'American' hop presence, but I like that this one is smooth and rich and nutty. If it had both it would be spectacular. As it is it is just very good. I feel like this is a pretty hoppy American Brown Ale in some ways, but it is definitely pretty damn roasty. An interesting beer regardless.
Would have again; worth trying. (4)

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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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Imperial Black IPA from Brasserie Dunham
Beer rating: 59.5% out of 100 with 37 ratings
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