Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting Imperial Black IPA by Brasserie Dunham.
With the recent snow fall and blustery frigid wind, this beer review was perfectly timed!
Pouring a thick, thick ink black with a cascading chocolate milk coloured head, there are warm roasted aromas of malt that are sharply contrasted by hoppy grapefruit. There's a wonderful creamy, full body that makes this big 8% ABV bottle a fun indulgence.
As for the flavour, it starts off with a layer of roast – dark cocoa, sweet molasses and notes of ashy smoke and then turns bitter with herbal and grapefruit hops kicking up the IBUs to 117. There's a dry finish with a slight boozy astringency.
I really enjoyed this brew and as the temperatures keep getting lower I'm going to keep enjoying it.
If you put the best of Katy's favorite beer style (IPA) and mine (stout) together you basically get Dunham Black IPA.
This IPA pours jet black with a full mocha colored head, with a very nice thick lacing left behind on the glass.
Right from the get-go the hops aroma hits you, promising a bitterness, which is definitely delivered. Along with the bitterness, are the tasting notes I love – a blend of dark roasted coffee and chocolate with a hint of caramel.
Overall a nice balanced beer which teases with the flavors of a stout with a punch of IPA bitterness to remind you that it's not.
Imperial Black IPA is available at Bières Du Monde
(181 Rue Principal Aylmer, QC and Bières du Monde department in the Outaouais Fruterie in Les Galeries de Hull) - lesbieresdumonde.com