Imperial Black Bitter | Devil's Canyon Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by afrokaze on 03-20-2012

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Harry's Hofbrau for the Devil's Canyon (sort of) tap takeover, 3/15/12. Brewery rep said this had 100+ IBUs.

Pours a dark ruby brown/black with about a finger of off-white head that quickly leaves with little lacing.

Smell is identical to a DIPA at first, with a nose dominated by pine and herbal hops, then some grainy/bready malt reminiscent of an English pale ale and some light lemon citrus.

A load of pine resin and earthy/herbal hops up front that gives way to the sweetness of the caramel & bready malt that keeps the hops from being too astringent. There's also an interesting note of smoke complemented by a finish with coffee/dark chocolate and a clean English yeast character.

Mouthfeel really impressed me because there's no hint of the 9% ABV, it really drinks like a bitter. Body is light and goes down easy but has a bit of creaminess and a clean finish with a bit of residual hop bitterness.

An interesting beer for sure, it doesn't drink anywhere close to 9% or 100 IBUs as claimed, but still has a lot of character. Almost like a black DIPA crossed with an English bitter but you certainly feel the ABV after a pint. Was great on a rainy day without weighing me down or blowing out the palate.

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Imperial Black Bitter from Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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