Imperial Black | Buxton Brewery

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4/5
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73 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Buxton Brewery
England, United Kingdom
buxtonbrewery.co.uk

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barley & Wheat malts

Added by CwrwAmByth on 04-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,704
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
73
pDev:
7.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
6
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Heavy ruby black with creamy tan foam. 4
Charcoal, dank, some tartness, a green vegetal thing, and maybe molasses. 3.75
Ash, Marmite and treacle, then resin, wisps of grilled pineapple, plenty of pine sap and grass clipping. Cocoa and fondant as it opens. 3.75
Vague dried orange rind and ong bitter linger.
Creamy, medium, round. 4

Bottled Apr 26. 17 - four months old nearly to the day. I gotta think that, even at this not-quite-old phase, age is denting the hops, because I’m getting none of the reported citrus, just a lot of dank and greenery. Witness, too, that the BBD is only 8 months from bottling, so this is halfway dead by that measure - maybe even a touch of brown paper in there somewhere. RB says Top 50 BIPA; this ain’t that. As it is, it plays like a very English imperial stout, with lots of dark fruit and flinty mineral underneath. Flexes some muscle, but off its best. 3.75

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - pitch black with a nice head

S - Smells like a classic IPA with grapefruit, melon, and some chocolate and licorice notes

T - Less exciting than the smell, mostly roasted, some citrus presence

M - Very juicy and velvety

O - Nice black IPA but I think if I had it a bit fresher it would have been better

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Photo of Dzu
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dalv
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andpit
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tdenham
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), purchased from Le Souffleur de bières.

Appearance : dark brown color with tan foam head.
Smell : roasted malt and hops aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted malt and chocolate notes, leading to a bitter finish.
Overall : a nice beer in the style Imperial IPA.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle in Harrild & Sons, London (£5.50):
This one was a really excellent black IPA, quite possibly one of the best that I've tried of the style to date (I'm not 100% sure but it is certainly up there anyway). Juicy, flavoursome & really refreshing to drink, this one was an excellent tasting beer that went down in no time at all. After finishing the majority of the bottle I realised the beer had been bottles just over one year ago but this definitely didn't seem to have a negative impact on the taste, the beer was superb & it's one I'll be hoping to pick up again now.

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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

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a deep black colour. Light tan head poured big, thick and foamy and faded slowly to good thickish covering... lots of sticky lacing most of the way down the glass...

Aroma - Juicy fruits (grapefruit, pears, lemons) followed by lots of earthy and roasted malts, light chocolate and coffee notes, burnt bread, faint brown sugar traces, piney and citrus hopiness, nutty, some rubberiness, honey, cut wet grass / hay...

Taste - Piney, grassy and citrus hop bitterness mixed with lots of roasted chocolate malts, some tart fruits (grapefruits and lime), coffee, nice caramel malts and notes of floral honey, some brown sugar hints, quite herbal, some liquorice, quite earthy

M&D - Fairly smooth with a little oiliness in the background then some sharpness comes through... full bodied... incredibly drinkable considering it is 7.5 percent

Overall - An excellent black IPA and another fine brew from Buxton... recommended..

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Photo of MikeKSmith
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordrakos
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerTruck
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev 0%

Black pour with a full finger dark beige head, receding to a thick lasting lace and a small cap on top.
Great hoppy smell, with lots of grapefruit and pine, a bit of tangerine and a light tropical note. Some subtle roasted malt, even some faint coffee. Nice.
Wow, big juicy hops in the front, lots of fruit, tangerine, lime, pomelo, bit of mango, bit of pineapple, dark berries. The citrus is so clear, with pulp, pith and peel, really tasty stuff. Some floral notes too. Malts start with caramel, some biscuit and toast, with burnt bread crust sharing the finish with piney hops and extra bitter grapefruit peel.
Medium body, prickly carbonation. Great hoppy aftertaste, again with citrus and pine, but also burnt malts and some espresso dregs.
A surprisingly good black IPA. Straightforward, but intense, far from boring.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.12/5  rDev +3%

Photo of DamoTO700
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of PaleAndBitter
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours black with a fading light tan head.
Nose shows pine, roasted malt, caramel and grapefruit.
Similar flavours. Big spicy, piny and grapefruit notes followed by roasted malt and a little sweetness.

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Imperial Black from Buxton Brewery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 73 ratings