Dragon | Indigo Imp Brewery

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Indigo Imp Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ONUMello on 02-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Ryan011235:
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2.01/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Shared at a tasting by Spider889. Thanks Chris!

A) Dark brown with light ruby highlights. Island of skim retention and collar lace.

S) Oh hey, Dimetapp and metal shavings! Rice adjunct out the ass with a dark grain something-or-other. Waxed chocolate.

T) Bunches of rice with hints of roasted chocolate with lots of metal and soap.

M) Coating, medium/medium-light feel. Head-bangingly carbonated.

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Photo of BB1313
3.26/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours practically black but it has a dark brown haze, nice big white head, nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas have hints of chocolate, barley, Rice Krispies. I'm also picking up some coconut, or maybe coconut milk. The hops don't really shine and I don't look at this as a "Black IPA". Tastes pretty roasty, more chocolate and lots of puffed rice. The rice really does make an impact on this beer. There's also some hints of dark fruits. The flavors aren't exactly bold and aggressive, but pretty enjoyable. Also there's alot of smoke lingering in the flavors as well. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, very carbonated, spritzy, smooth, and slightly creamy. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it goes down pretty easy.

Although it's a black ale, I'm not really comparing this one to Black IPAs. Somewhat reminiscent of a porter, but that's not the direction. Hops definitely take a backseat. Nothing spectacular. I wasn't exactly craving another one but genuinely enjoyed the time I had with it.. and it's one of the better brews I've had from Indigo Imp, probably the best.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- very dark murky brown, almost black, unfiltered with copper highlights. Active tan head loudly fizzles away to a thin ring within a few seconds.

S- chocolate and mild coffee overlayed by well water and the imp's characteristic tartness. Hints of pipe tobacco and leather, coconut, grain husk and stone.

T- to be honest, this one isn't all that bad. In fact it's pretty good. The roasted and chocolate sweetness completely overpower their sour tasting Cleveland yeast leaving only a hint of unripe berry type tartness to play off of the malt. Aside from that its acidic coffee and carob, sandalwood and grain. Mostly similar to a schwarzbier but with some of that unrefined ale "roughness". Literally like zero hop presence and really no indication of the rice here. Maybe some starchiness, but if I didn't know it was there I wouldn't think it. Finishes mostly clean with some grain, fading yeast and mild roast.

MF- feel is nailed for the way this beer is made. Carbonation is dense and stinging, and obviously bottle conditioned. The body is full and soft enough to provide substantial texture while maintaining its own unique sense of refreshment and...

D- drinkability. The almighty D. I'll admit that I'm not a fan of this brewery, basing my opinion on a few small samples and a bottle of blonde bombshell that went down the drain. I'm not keen on whatever kind of yeast gets in there and lays down the lactobacillus style funk on a honkey. I ain't gung-ho and I for damn sure ain't Gunga-Din, unless it's appropriate-- which in this situation, it is. Hopefully the next one doesn't disappoint either.

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Photo of charlzm
3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Consumed June 30th, 2013 in a snifter.

Beer pours a dark brown with deep garnet highlights. Tan head pops up then disappears before too long, leaving no lacing behind.

Roasty aroma, mainly chocolate and coffee. Mineral notes and some tart fruit sneak in there as well. Interesting...

Flavor is much like the nose: the beer starts with dark chocolate and coffee notes. A sort of sour cherry funk ramps up a moment later. A little sweet, a little mineral. Not getting any bitterness at all. Some rice is apparently added to this brew, but it's wasted on my palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is present, though not overbearing.

This is my first beer from Indigo Imp and I'm hoping it's an indication of their overall approach. Fairly drinkable to my palate, but a 12 oz bottle was shared among several friends and not everyone finished their 2 ounces. I'd say it's a mixed bag, but bravo for trying to do something out of the ordinary.

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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

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Photo of ONUMello
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Per the bottle, brewed with rice & barley; open fermented. Brewed to coincide with the year of the Dragon.
A: A dark, unfiltered brown with a generous lingering two+ finger head.
S: The grain comes through quite heavily, particularly the rice- smells like puffed rice with a hint of toast/caramel.
T: Full of light grains, slightly sweet. Doesn't have the acidity that is common with Indigo Imp's beers, and in this case that's a good thing. Some is certainly still there. Could use some hop influence.
M: Light; smooth but thin.
O: Could use a bit more body/complexity, but this is probably my favorite Indigo Imp to date. Quite nice.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is only the second beer I've tried from Indigo. This one is way better than the other.

It works on a uniqueness level. Nothing else tastes quite like this. It's very easy drinking for a black. It has a good balance to it and if I weren't so full from Melt, it would go good with food.

Iprobaably won't do this again, but I will try others from Indigo.

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3.5/5  rDev +8%

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4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -53.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

Dragon from Indigo Imp Brewery
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 11 ratings