TheMaha (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh 16oz can poured into an over-sized Barolo tulip.Man the aroma tells you from the git that youíre going on a ride. The smell is very rich and complex. The earthy and floral hop notes jump to the fore. Seriously brash barnyard and coffee aromas follow. I picked up just a bit of chocolate, overall it reminded very much of a floral coffee like a peaberry or Guatemala but with dank hop characteristics.The appearance is where this black ale shines. . a deep dark cola color with a creamy but thin head. If anything Blakkr appears a bit under carbonated. As for the taste, there is so much going on. This is definitely a sipper-slash end of evening-slash"dessert beer. It has the weight and mouthfeel of a substantial porter or stout with the earthy hop kick. By turns there is the dual bitterness of the hops and espresso like malts,then a strong molasses like sweetness and a delightful liquorice bite in the back end. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste but you will feel it by the end of the can. Absolutely no burn. The palate is very solid, It is sweet and bitter, round and dry by turns with a nice pop of citrus. For sweet stout lovers it will be familiar, for West Coast black IPA fans it maybe hoppy enough but a bit big on the sweet malts especially as it warms. Overall, this is a very tasty and complex offering though a little spendy at about $4.50 a sixteen oz. can. Savor a Blakkr reflectively or pair with a rich stew, tangy rib or decadent chocolate dessert. A very good, occasion black ale. UMPH..home town love!
Sdaniel90 (940) - Mexico City, MEXICO - OCT 22, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can, 1 pint. Opaque dark brown with a frothy brown head. Roasted and hoppy aromas, hints of spices. Medium to robust bodied, moderate carbonation. Texture is oily. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Rich roasted and hoppy flavors into a smooth malty bitter finish.
Percy0103 (653) - MEXICO - OCT 22, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can, 1 pint. A dark beer with a big foamy brown head. Aromas of floral hops, pine, roasted malts and alcohol. Taste is bitter with low sweetness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Rich roasted coffee character and a hoppy finish. Some mint at the end.
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Minnesota Trip Beer #24. Keg at Surly, 5/8/16. Clear dark brown, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of chocolate, resin, grapefruit, herbal hops. The taste is chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, grapefruit. Medium bodied, low carbonation, mild lingering bitterness.
Hopmaestro (1310) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can: April 24th 2016: Aroma is heavy from spruce, raw licorice, orange peels and piney hops. Taste is massive, with strong roasted notes, raw grapefruit rind, pine oil. The bitterness that kicks in is truly impressive, really harsh and strong. This is one of the best Black IPAís Iíve ever had, but take my warning, I do really like exaggerated brews so if youíre into a more settled and soft approach while you listen to Nickelback, choose something else.
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can with massive thanks to Scott. Pours a very thick looking motor oil black with a cream colored head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and spruce with maybe a hint of lemon and mint. Flavor is very solid... lots of that chocolate malt presence, a brash pine presence and a citrusy/minty finish. (Iím not completely sold on ímint,í but that seems to be what Iím getting here. I canít think of any other beers that werenít advertised as "mint" beers that I have got that flavor on, though...) Damned good stuff, but that kind of goes to figure, right?
xhophead (17) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, minimal head, perfectly balanced toasty malt and hop. One of the better black IPAs I've had.
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MetalNHopHead (1457) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 5, 2016
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
"Blackened is the end" - Metallica. Surly, what is this unholy concoction thou hast wrought? It pours black with a rich head that stays till the bitter end. And the end IS bitter, just as it is in the beginning. It starts with roasted malt bitterness. Tobacco, coffee, smoky wood, bitter chocolate. Then it changes into hop briskness. Zesty, leafy, woodsy (again, but different) and resinous. 999 is the new heretical number. Should you choose to drink of this wicked brew, you can abandon any hopes of peacefully shuffling off this mortal coil. Instead, itíll be burned away, and you too will be blackened.
ajnepple (5216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at El Bait Shop. Black appearance with a tan head. Dark, roasty malts balanced by a moderate hop bitterness with notes of chocolate, pine and light citrus fruits. Good.
argo0 (13316) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can. Medium brown head atop cola dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, some roast. Taste is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, some roast, light coffee. Medium-full body, some stickiness, light effervescence.
TheJestersBeer (2392) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Mikkeller CBC 2014.
Dak brown, brown head. Of-dry, medium body, mid to high bitterness, balanced CO2.
Hoppy, roasted, resin, spruce, orange peel, coffee, ashes. (2014-05 backlog)