Dubhe Imperial Black IPA | Uinta Brewing Company

429 Reviews
Dubhe Imperial Black IPADubhe Imperial Black IPA

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Toasted, chocolaty dark malts align with an astronomical amount of hops.

109 IBU

Added by TheFlern on 03-10-2011

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Photo of knepper
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pure jet black with a tan bubbly head.

Smell: Spicy hops and dark chocolate. Roasted marshmallow, bourbon vanilla, and florals.

Taste: Reminiscent of a Russian Imperial Stout or something similar to Nightstalker by Goose Island. Due to its enormity, the beer has a slightly elevated roast/chocolate/acrid note. The beer is amazing though. A big malt profile mingles with spicy, piney, resinous hops; finishes dry with the roast and resin hanging around on the palette. Yum - a nice winter beer worth seeking out again.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into taster.
Black to amber brown color. Little head and lacing.
Burnt malty hops aroma.
Very hoppy black ipa. Really nice...smooth, and full of flavor. Slightly smoky.
I usually don't like black ipas, but this is excellent.

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Photo of Amalak
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, but there's clearness around the edges. Limited head and lace. There's a tan foamy head that leaves a bit of lacing. There's a slight hop scent.

A sourish taste, in a good way. A bit of cherry mixed in. A slight bitter hop taste. A slight caramel sweetness. A mild porter coffee hint in there. Nice and complex.

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Photo of match1112
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pitch black body with some lighter bown around the edges. a half finger of off white head settles down to a thin skin on top with some lacing, but not much. big pine aromas are the first to greet the nose. after it opens up i can detect some citrus hops, cocoa, smoked malts and hemp. all these things blend well to create an outstanding flavor. sticky hemp and oily hops create a full bodied feel with good carbonation. has a dry smokey finish with a pine after taste. this is a really good beer. big thanks to vegasbeerman for sending this as an extra!

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Photo of peacebone116
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a tulip.

A: At first glance this beer appears black to dark brown, but when held to the light, a beautifully opaque ruby red body shows itself. The khaki head quickly recedes to floating islands in the dark sea of ale, leaving a delicate lace at the sides of the glass as a reminder of its existence.

N: Roasted grains and pine with a slight zest; this beer smells rich and promising.

T/M: Following the fortune that the nose tells, this beer hits the tongue with a rush of complex flavor. Waves of bitter coco crash into a citric spice, washing the palate with an oily, sappy body that finishes with a resinous dryness.

Every brewer offers a different interpretation of what the "Black IPA " should look, taste, and smell like; every one that imbibes the "American Black Ale" has a varying expectation of the style. Uinta's Dubhe is a fantastic demonstration of how the style is progressing; truly finding its groove. The mix of bitterness from the citrus, pine, coffee and cocoa plays as eloquently as a four-string quartet.

Cheers to Uinta for their craft!

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Photo of colforbin73
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a jet black with a nice billowy tan head.

the aroma is outstanding -- very deep roasted malt characteristics with hints of hops and maybe a little of the hemp. smells like a nice roasty stout, but with a little touch of spice.

the taste is bold and rich, not for the faint of heart. this is a dark, strong ale -- it does not really resemble Imperial IPA, seems closer to an imperial stout... but with the hop bitterness i guess it leans back towards IPA. the 9.2% abv is well masked -- it is obviously not a light beer, but if you said it was 7% i would believe you.

a hard to review ale, it has elements of both stout, porter and ipa -- a rewarding drink, but not something i would crack open casually. it's bitterness vs. roasted malts.... a SOLID WINTER WARMER?


edit 9/23/12

upping the taste to 4.5, and the overall as well... my taste has come around to this a little more -- and throw it up against STONE sublimely self righteous and i think this comes out on top --- the abv is a little high, but this is the best black ipa out there.

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Photo of rtaps
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured black with a mahogany hue to it when held to the light. with a very light tan head not quite khaki, medium retention

nice aroma, but not much to it. roasted malt are pro-dominate here, a little hoppy bitterness, some black licorice?

roasted malts throughout much like the nose was kind of dominated. some black licorice at the end and dark fruit(figs) not really getting hops in it.

full bodied, slightly vicious, lightly carbonated.

overall it very nice easy to drink and enjoy, didn't have the hops i was looking for though.

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Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black beer with red highlights and a very short head. This one ended up being a lot more enjoyable than it appeared on the pour. The aroma is hoppy, with a roasted malt quality. Cereal and bread-crust, malt, grapefruit and pine cones. Nice. There's not as much alcohol in the aroma as I expected, given the ABV. The taste, however, has a serious kick. Lots of bitterness, booze, and highly roasted/burnt flavors. Warming. The beer is substantial, and has a massively intense back-taste. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a light tan head and decent lacing

S-roasted malt and some sweetness and bitter hints

T-caramel and malts flavors predominate with some pine and nice hop bitterness

F-mredium body with moderate carbonation, some creaminess to the body

O-an interesting black IPA with nice balance

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Photo of djbreezy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at Saraveza in Portland

Appearance - dark, no transparency, tan head

Smell - floral hops balanced by some chocolate malts

Taste - toasty malts with a nice floral hop bitterness

Mouthfeel - full body, well carbonated, dry finish

Overall - great flavor profile, big brew

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Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks kinda thick as it pours down the side of the glass, forming a nice 1 finger fluffy head that fades very slowly with some lacing as it eventually does, very dark cola brown colored beer with some ruby light coming through all over.

Nose has some hops right out, earthy and piney hops, and an earthy weird seed like vegetative almost aroma that I believe is the hemp seed. Malts are a plenty, dark caramel malts, hints of chocolate malt, and some bready reddish malts.

Taste starts rich and creamy, with some darker malts, caramel, plenty of crystal malts, hints of chocolate malt and other darker malts, and bready reddish malt. That is quickly overpowered by the hops, earthy spicy hops with plenty of pine. Also comes teh bitter seed earthy kinda icky tasting hemp seed that I'm not a huge fan of. It also gets juicy with what wants to be tropical fruit and citrus but seems more like a bad almost putrid blend of orange and grapefruit juice, with chocolate milk or something. It has a weird flavor I'm not a huge fan of and the blending of them just makes it even worse. The finish is quite bitter, with lingering earthy spicy hops, pine, light citrus and some sticky malts but dry. It eventually gets astringent as well, both from the hops and seeds I think, astringent and very bitter on the back of the tongue and even throat.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, with hints of warming booze.

Overall not bad but too many different flavors that don't mesh well at all. The hemp seeds are weird on their own, and the piney hops as well as citrus and want to be grapefruit hops curdle the creamy dark malt almost porter like background that don't blend nearly as well as other ABAs. then theres the super bitter astringent finish...

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 11/10/11. Served in a small footed goblet.

Frosty ring of sheeted lace that collars the edges of the glass. Jet black up top, dark mahogany glint in the meniscus. Surface is finely textured and creamy, with a cluster of larger bubbles to one side.

Lightly sweet and roasty chocolate and black malt, resiny floral and pine hops, woody with a slightly dank, cheesy edge.

Dark unsweetened chocolate, bitter and resiny, leafy greens, pine, underlying toasty malt sweetness that tempers the bitterness a little. Very smooth and supple feel, lightly sticky on the lips, medium to full bodied. Alcohol is hidden, sipping is easy. The full flavors encourage slow savoring. This is a really nice Black IPA, it's very cohesive with equally vibrant hop greenery and deep roasted malt complexity. Will look for more of this before it's gone.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in tulip glass. Pours a mostly opaque, dark brown color with a decent, light brown head, good lacing. Aroma is dark, roasted malts, hints of alcohol, citrus and resiny hops. Flavor is roasted malts, spicy (almost like a rye malt spicy), resiny and citrus (grapefruit) hops, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium, oily, and bitter. Good beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black, with 2 fingers of rich mocha colored head. This retains with a creamy ½ finger that slathers the sides of the glass with a thick and sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma is floral, piney, and herbal feeling in the nose, which is layered on top of some fresh and zesty smelling grapefruit and a touch of peppery spice. Coffee and chocolate lay along the back but it's the hops that really sit at the forefront of this and are emboldened a bit by some spicy alcohol presence as well.

The taste pretty much mirrors the aroma, with a fresh bitter blast of grapefruit and pine that sticks to the tongue with a resinous dryness. Roast and chocolate glide along the back, with the chocolate in particular helping balance this with a bit of a sweet gooey feel. Those fresh hop flavors really control this though, with a pithy bitterness and resins really coming out with some assertiveness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and lays some crispness down directly on the tongue but the majority of the feel is more of a smooth creaminess that spreads out on the edges. Despite the high alcohol, the warmth here is mostly kept in check, although it really does help intensify those hops on the tongue at times.

This one of the better takes on the Black IPA style that I’ve had in a while, with those fresh hops right at the front and center (this was a pretty fresh bottle and it showed), while those darker malts sitting along the back and compliment them, just as they should be. If they would dial the ABV back a bit, this may well could be one of the best that I’ve had. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, dark brown. Hard to explain, but really dark brown without getting any black tones makes sense (I know it doesn't). Beer seems bright although not much light passing through. Nice tan head comprised of small bubbles, but faded to thin film rather quickly.

S - ooohhh... Pacific Northwest hops - citrus, spice, damp earth. A roastiness creeps up, but is indiscernible as far as coffee or chocolate. I think I'm smelling some really high crystal malt.

T - now the mocha comes through. Nice and dry, but certainly not thin. The hops have actually seemed to fade in just a few minutes (this may just be my newly established awareness of the coffee character that is pretty killer). I want more aroma hops, but probably would not like the clash with the roast as much as I think I would. The bitterness may be slightly harsh and I could feel the tannins on my tongue after the first sip. This is more of a hoppy dark ale than a dark IPA...

M - Fairly big, uplifted by mod-high carbonation (maybe too high). The tannins are a bit of a turn off.

O - A good beer, but as mentioned in the taste critique, slightly less roast character and more hops would align more closely with my definition of Imperial Black IPA.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black liquid with a frothy beige head and slight lacing. Barleywine anyone? Totally has the aroma and whiffs of a barleywine with some dark malts in the mix. Slight candy, figs and wood also abundent. The taste is very nice. Smokey taste with some hearty roasted malts, some leather and a nice coffee bean/espresso swallow and aftertaste. The hoppiness is there if you need it. Pretty chewy mouthfeel. Overall I was again impressed with another Uinta brew. I had no clue about this brewery until a little over a year ago but I am a fan. Good stuff here. And it has hemp seed. +1.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Imperial black ipa brewed with hemp seed. Bottled 6/23/11. Consumed 12-07-11.

A: Black at arms length, a very deep burgundy when backlighted. A frothy peanut shell colored head is a finger high, with a good stay of exectution. A good skim coating exists and forms a complete band around the glass with a good amount of coverage.

S: Fresh citrus, forest pine with the hops being only light to moderate in show but could be from the six month incubation period.Dry roasty chocolate rounds things out.

T: Roasty, fresh charred bitterness mixing with some dry pine and a smooth charred fade. Slight silty minerality fade coats the tongue. Nice level of hops, dry pine and smoked flowery citrus that is followed by a lingering roastiness mixing with some dry bitter bakers chocolate at closeout.

M: Medium full body, roasty with a lingering bitterness that stays on the tongue.

O: Overall roasty, hoppy with a nice finish. Good drinkability.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revist: 27 Mar 15
Best Before: 07/19/15

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown/black color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy light tan head, which leaves a huge oil slick in the glass and some very nice sticky lacing. The nose is very malty with some very nice notes of chocolate, toffee, nice hop note. The taste is a nice blend of hops/malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee, licorice, slight vanilla sweetness. Medium/Full body, ABV hidden pretty good, nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very tasty brew.

Bottled: 11/10/11

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, licorice, slight toffee note, caramel. The taste is pretty hoppy, lots of licorice, and malts. Medium body, the finish is dry and bitter. This is an pretty tasty brew, one of Uinta's best.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the key here is balance. Its not overly roasted, and its not overly hopped. I can feel the wet hops and hemp seeds in there, hints marijuana and wet hops are laden in the taste. The hops are almost alpha acid extract smooth and slick, but nothing overpowering. light and refreshing.

it wont blow your mind away, but wont be a huge letdown.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to TheFlern for this one. bottled on 08/02/11.

poured cold, aggressively, and cola black from the bottle to a 12oz foothills pilsner with a 1/2 finger, relatively long lasting tan head

aroma of grassy hops and subtle hints of marijuana (likely from the hemp seed). interesting

still pretty hop forward for a four month old IPA. big hops forward followed by a roasted and almost burnt malt with hints of smoke.

medium bodied, big carbonation, bitter, but not seriously in your face.

overall a very interesting take on the style, bitter, yet a balanced after.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 25 days ago. I call that fresh.

Pour is very opaque black, just a thin collar around the edges of this one.(after the glass gets near the bottom browning happens, so it's not totally opaque)
Holy cow, the aroma is chocolate and a massive amount of citrus and pine. By far the strongest Black IPA aroma wise i have had.
The flavors are so intense. A huge level of roasted malts must have been used, it is dry and roasty, with Citrus and a Resinous Dankness.

This is a style i have never been a big fan of, but this one is probably my favorite example of the style so far. Well Done Uinta.

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Photo of BrewerMike
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this beer! I think this is what a black IPA should taste like. It's bitter, piney, resiny, chocolatey, smokey, and roasty. It is extremely complex and big. It's definitely a bigger IPA than most, hence the imperial label. As this beer warms, the roasted, chocolate notes come through even more, which is fine with me! Given that it's an imperial IPA, my only slight complaint is that I could have tolerated even more hops on the nose. The hop aroma did not blow me away, but it was definitely very nice.

I will definitely buy this beer again. Amazing job on this one!

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Photo of muletrane
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a deep black colour with only a little bit of light shining through the edges. 2 fingers of dense ivory head and lots of lacing.

S: Slightly sweet with some very faint hop presence.

T: Sweet malts up front with big piney hops in the finish. Lots of lingering bitterness as well.

M: Light carbonation with a moderate body. Slick feel overall and slightly watery.

Overall I enjoyed the beer. I like the big piney flavor here and the beer looks very nice as well. Everything else about this beer is slightly lacking though.

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Photo of crossovert
2.93/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled on 11/10/11. I am not a huge fan of this style but am always trying new stuff. I didn't pick this out for myself but was given it.

It pours nearly a pitch black with a real microfoamy tan head.

The smell works. It has a huge sweetness but also a nice bit of hops and a noticeable bit of chocolatey roasty hops.

The flavor isn't anything to behold. It bitterweet but with a lot of both. The chocolate bread flavor just doesn't mesh with the hops. I like the bitterness and the mouthfeel but this recipe seems un-thought-out.

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Photo of seanwhite
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost inky dark brown with a wondeful light chocolate head.

S: Aroma of some burnt roast and a hint of cocoa with a sharp herbal piney hop character, a touch of lemon peel.

T: Flavor starts sweet with some cocoa and roast, quickly picking up the sharp piney bitterness, resiny and herbal. FInishes slightly bitter with some lingering citric and cocoa notes. Medium to medium full body.

M: Not overly bitter, rather smooth with a touch of alcohol finish. I’d love to see them increase the mouthfeel a tad to make it a bit chewier.

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,153 ratings.
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