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Cultrider Imperial Black IPA | Hoof Hearted Brewing

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Cultrider Imperial Black IPACultrider Imperial Black IPA

Brewed by:
Hoof Hearted Brewing
Ohio, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by xdefeatsy on 12-09-2013

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 83
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the brewery's hop follies in full swing, their next endeavor leads them to the "black" IPA at full-on imperial strength. Leading with hops but chased by char, its complex taste and seductive drinkability never reveals its deceptive strength within.

Ominously black and capped with a tall column of mocha-stained froth, the beer's strong aromas of coffee, cocoa and burnt toast is only topped by the bright and juicy perfume of citrus. Its taste of burnt sugars collarize nicely on the tongue preluding to scorched molasses, toast and chocolate that follow closely behind.

But the middle palate shows that those malts waiver and begin to recede quickly, as does in most contemporary IPA, and that allows the taste of grapefruit, orange and pineapple to play a juicy but grilled tasty tune. Its light and creamy taste keeps the taste bittersweet with chocolate while an underlying charred taste is remiss of french-press coffee, roasting walnut and a smoldering ember quality that carries its own bitter earthiness to assist the hops.

Finishing malty-dry and medium-bodied, the hops show their force with the strong piney bitterness that shows a campfire whimsy. The taste and textures of char offer a bitterness that helps the hops to reach a plateau that they wouldn't enjoy without the "black" character. Still, a creamy char gazes over the alcohol and rounds the beer's flavors in a way that only imperial hoppy beer can. A long after-tow of burnt marshmallow and burnt citrus peel lead deep into the next sip.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black in color with a nice khaki colored (or a shade less) head atop of the beer.

Aroma is a musky blend of tangerines and pine. As the beer warms some sweet malt aromas, something toasted or burnt, and plenty more orange citrus shine through. It's smell is absolutely amazing.

The flavor is very complex. Smoked malts, potting soil, alcohol, grapefruit, tangerine, rich sweet dark malts, pine, tropical fruits, mango, more sweet malts, citrus fruit. In that order. The high abv of this beer is hidden extremely well.

Full bodied. Heavy bodied. Whichever you'd like to call it.

Wow. This is my first Hoof Hearted beer, and it's incredibly impressive.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter. The beer is black in color with a small light tan head. There is a nice amount of delicate lace.
Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Some piney notes in the background.
Coffee and chocolate taste. Pine and tobacco. There is a hint of dark fruit.
Very, very nice beer, At times I thought I was drinking a hoppy stout. Also a dangerous beer. The 11.5% ABV is very well-hidden.

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Photo of StoutFox
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcorn
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xdefeatsy
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Pours black with rich tan head; malts are very evident on the nose. The stout is there on the first sip due to malts and it gives way to the hops. It's balanced and truly a "dark arts" beer. Worth a go!

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Photo of jminch
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nuebs
4.91/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of zimm421
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin foamy tan head. The nose is pine and tropical fruit, with a slight touch of coffee. The taste starts out with a good malt presence, but the hops quickly move to the forefront. Pine, citrus, and tropical fruit are the lead players. There is a touch of coffee here as well, but it lacks the notes of deeply roasted malts which many black IPAs have. I find those notes to clash with the hops, and the lack of them makes this very enjoyable. All together, it is a well put together Black IPA and the high ABV is very well hidden and this is dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of FalconOne
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vicirus
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trevorpost
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluejacket74
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can, no dating on it but I believe this was from a recent release 2 weeks ago. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around for a very long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like citrusy hops (grapefruit, tropical fruit, citrus peel), pine hops, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some charred/burnt flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew, definitely worth trying if you're into black IPA's! $12.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of Peter1977
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DblDiamond
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buschbeer
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in an oversized wine glass

This beer pours black with two inches of tan head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is hoppy with herbal and citrus aromas. The roasted malt is in the background with hints of chocolate.

The taste is a good balance of roasted malt and hops. I get the roasted malt flavors up front. The citrus with a focus on grapefruit finishes off the taste.

Full, rich, creamy mouthfeel. Very much like a stout.

The look and mouthfeel of this beer are very much stout-like. The smell and taste are balanced between roasted malt and hoppy IPA characteristics, and the alcohol is hidden. I would never have guessed it was 11.5%. It is a well crafted beer, but black IPA's are not my favorite style. That being said, it is very good.

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Photo of garyloveman
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily, the best Black IPA I've ever had. Before Cultrider, I never thought anyone could hit all of the notes brewers like to say this beer style is meant to.

Dark brown to black with a tan frothy head that does a magnificent job of redeeming the high hop levels and creating a sublime smoothing effect.

Coffee, chocolate, almond butter and dank peach juice on the nose all transition perfectly on the tongue. This is a totally unique combination I've never had, which is a little odd at first, but then becomes totally seductive. As if that wasn't enough, after a little while, a sudden punch of strawberry hits on the nose, and a little cigar as well.

A lot of these Hoof Hearted beers are first experienced in a hectic, often cold, muddy outdoors environment surrounded by good people, but ultimately, a lot of distractions. A beer with this much nuance really deserves a quiet setting to really appreciate it to its fullest, despite the brewery's over the top Beavis and Butt-Head style branding and reputation.

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Photo of csustar001
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Cultrider Imperial Black IPA from Hoof Hearted Brewing
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