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!
TheJestersBeer (2360) - 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)
brandon31g (30) - HONG KONG - MAY 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a almost black body with a huge light beige head which leaves lots of lacing. Aroma consists of well balanced portion of citrus, roasted malt, coffee and herbs. Taste starts with a short milky sweetness, then transforms into great pine and dark chocolate bitterness. The finishing is long and toasty and the mouthfeel is oily.
whaturtle (10) - - MAY 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Booga (50) - Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz can to pint. Dark brown pour with 3 finger beige head. Very roasty smell vs the citrus smell others report. It has good body and nice flavor. Bitter flavor but the malt aromas overpower the hop aromas. ABV pretty well hidden. More of a dark ale than black IPA. I would like to have more of the citrus or pine flavors of black IPAs. This is good beer but didnít knock my socks off like I expected.
davidezdonz (229) - , HONG KONG - MAY 13, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A 1 pint can canned on 26th January 2016 and poured into an oversized wine glass. It poured a dark dark brown colour with an orange hue and a slightly less than one finger tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly but left nice lacing. Aromas are a mix of piney and citrus orange hops and roasty dark chocolate. Taste starts sweet-ish citrusy orange followed by caramel malt, light roast coffee and chocolate plus a hint of char before ending with a lasting pine and juicy citrus light bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Overall a nicely balanced Black IPA that hides itís high ABV well.
tillmac62 (642) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
COD 1/26/16. Pours black, as advertised. World class head volume, lacing and retention.
Outstanding, and surprisingly fruity, nose of pine, dank, citrus (lime) and tropical (passion fruit) hops. Underneath is a mild sweetness that I canít identify when cold, but seems to be caramel as it warms.
Light medium body that has a rather slick texture. Superb carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a prickly finish.
The quite outstanding flavor profile is unique. It begins with a blend that quickly devolves into lime, dank and pine. The middle provides a succulent caramel based sweetness that arrives in wave fashion. Underneath is a layer from the dark malts that hints at bakers chocolate and a touch of char, but not roast per se. Fairly mild bitterness arrives mid-palate and is a combination of pine, dank and zest. As the bitterness fades, the sweetness arrives coupled with a note of passion fruit. The finish is a slow sweet fade that takes on a zest quality as it lingers with dank and pine playing around the edges.
JPDIPSO (5381) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a tall, lasting light tan head. Aromas of citric to light resin hops, backed by a toasted to light roasted malt element. Sweet roasted malt start, but not a strong roast. Mild feel and rather soft. Is it lingers, you get some pine, wood, citrus, cocoa and light fruit. Most of the BIPAs have not been in my wheelhouse, this one is no exception. I enjoy this one, but its just a sipping hoppy dark ale. 4/14
SG111 (1013) - New York, USA - APR 28, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the source. Pours black, tan head. Aroma is citrus, orange, roasted malt, actually some really nice citrus, almost tropical fruit notes. Flavor is roasted malt, and citrus. Chocolate. Wow, probably one of the best black IPAs Iíve had in a while.
bierkoning (11953) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can, thanks PotjeBier! Deep dark brown color. Creamy head. Caramel, red berries and soft herbal hops in the aroma. Malty sweetish, soft caramelly, Firm Hoppy flavor with red berries and roast. Grassy notes. Very Nice.
jackl (6749) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg @ Mimosa, MSP. Deep brown pour with a luxurious creamy tan head. Aroma is pretty hoppy. Plenty of pine wood character. PNW C-hops. Pine cone forest. A bit of cheese and orange peel too. Flavor is fairly bold and rich, which youíd expect for a beer of this profile. Chewy charred malt character. Burnt pine. Caramel cheesecake. Leafy strong bitter finish. Full body, supple carb. Nice stuff.