Cultrider Imperial Black IPA | Hoof Hearted Brewing

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Cultrider Imperial Black IPACultrider Imperial Black IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoof Hearted Brewing
Ohio, United States
hoofheartedbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by xdefeatsy on 12-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
104
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
6.76%
 
 
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9
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13
For Trade:
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a black as hell ink color. A thin white rim of a foamy head clings around the side of the glass. Delicately dissipates and forms speckled lacing around the glass. The smell had a huge sweet dark cocoa bean combining with sweet melon/honeydew. Light citrus intertwines in and around the aroma. The taste wraps up together the aromas tightly and leads to a sticky aftertaste. Smooth on the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation rides fairly low. Sticky sweetness on the mouthfeel. ABV is well hidden. Overall, whoah, where did this come from? I wasn’t expecting this little surprise. Fans of black ales should be wishlisting this.

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Photo of CharlesK
3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jmalo
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TrilliumFan
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agreenman19
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - oh boy, a 11.5% BLIPA? pours a deep dark black. Only the faintest rusty coffee appears on the fringes when held up to the light. Reminds me of black coffee... except for that head! Woof. Big and fluffy. Sticky lacing.

S - smelling a lot more citrus and bright fruity flavors than I expected! Pithy orange, lemon zest, and melon. The "black" shines through with exceedingly milk chocolate. We're talking less than 50% cacao. Is it even chocolate at that point? Hints of vanilla and pine.

T - metallic chocolate. Hardly any cacao bitterness, just lactose and tootsie rolls all the way. Definitely getting the orange peel. Orange seems to go well with chocolate. Gives it an extra layer of sweetness. Faint piney resinous dryness with a clean bite amongst the decadence. I can see where HH is coming from when they describe "minty hops". My mouth feels cool after the fact. Maybe slightly peppermint/spearmint in the taste. But mostly it's robust and creamy. Can chocolate be juicy?

F - syrupy and buttery as expected from such a high ABV brew, but as has a filling, expounding fluffiness to it. Feels like drinking a meal.

O - this is definitely an atypical BLIPA, but I guess that's HH's style, innit? Not as much biting hoppiness as one would expect, and leans more toward the juicy, chocolatey, dessert side of the road.

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Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.69/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wellsnb
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of detroitspartan
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dar482
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark brown color.

The aroma offers chive, mint, orange, grapefruit, chocolate/mint dessert, sweet pine, medium minus roast.

The flavor follows with big citrus with more grapefruit and lemon peel, onto a creamy chocolate and mocha flavor, lightly bitter cocoa nibs come through with a soft green, minty bitterness. The beer drinks lighter than it's ABV, but it still cuts into the beer's creamy mouthfeel and burns on its way down.

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Photo of hockeypuck
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chackman151
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains very well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Dank, piney hops bind with moderately roasty malt plus a bit of sweetness.

T- Such a nice melding of citrusy and herbal hop character with roasty malt sweetness. Usually black IPAs have the bitterness of the roast and bitterness of the malt clashing but this seems to work harmoniously. And the fact that it's 11.5% ABV is almost flabbergasting as I wouldn't have clocked it in at more than 9%.

M- Zesty and bright with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Haven't been this impressed by a Black IPA since I first had Wookey Jack. Excellent balance and superb drinkability.

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Photo of Gregf51
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottJWing
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Near black, two finger black head has good retention, leaves rings of sticky lace. Roasted aroma with big hop presence. Roasted malt taste, balanced nicely with bitter hops, dark chocolate bitter finish. Medium silky feel. Very good black IPA.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of malfunxion
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

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Cultrider Imperial Black IPA from Hoof Hearted Brewing
4.29 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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