TheMaha (56) - 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 you’re 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!
coachd (235) - Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sharp hop aroma with roast, pineapple and cream. Appearance is a dull black color with a lot of light tan foam and tons of lacing. Taste is creamy up front like a cream stout then the hops hit you. Roasty aftertaste with an odd soy sauce/metallic flavor to it. Palate is good for the style. Overall pretty good but not worthy of such a huge rating. To be fair, Black IPA’s are not my favorite style.
Martinus (3437) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colour, cream head. Aroma of pineapple, hops, tropical fruits, roasted malts and citrus. Bitter flavour, hops, malts, black coffee, lots of hops. Bitter hoppy finish, lemon peel, roasted malts and chocolate.
(from draught @ CBC green session, Copenhagen 2014. Thanks for sharing today’s beers, RateBeer crew!)
Theydon_Bois (11073) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can split at Bruce’s pad, from an IP trade thanks to Fbc24, 28/11/14.
Light black with a decent tan covering.
Nose is pine resin, dark red berries, malt notes, earthy tones, liqourice, mineral notes, cocoa rub.
Taste comprises earthy roastings, pine needle, spice, sweet tunes, dank hops, light coffee grinds, liqourice.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
VsXsV (2595) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at CBC 2014. Opaque black liquid with a medium light tan head. Aroma of citrus, tangerine, ash, coffee and licorice. Taste is dry and medium to high bitter with notes of citrus, tangerine and light ash. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Great BIPA, absolutely top class. Great hoppiness.
Beardaxe (290) - - DEC 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from can into pint glass. Dark pour with massive head that settled down fairly quickly. Bright hops aroma. Flavor followed suit. Strong, fresh citrus hops. It's aggressive as you would imagine a surly/3F collab to be. There is a hint of roast on the back end but you really have to search for it. Fresh tasting, and the ABV is invisible. Very well done for 10%
Leighton (13012) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can in London - big thanks to Coleen. Pours clear deep brown with a foamy tan head. The aroma has some burnt pine, berries, well toasted bread. Medium sweet flavor, some ripe dark fruits, berries, moderate earth and burnt pine bitterness. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Finishes lightly resinous, with more dark malt character, dried fruits, some oily pine. Pretty good.
Scopey (8035) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can thanks to Colin. It pours darkest brown with a medium light tan head. The nose is rich roast, treacle, candied citrus peel, aniseed, sherbet and charred wood. The taste is dry, bitter, ashy, charred wood, treacle, roasted malt, liquorice, coffee and grapefruit rind with a dry, roasty finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Pretty tasty all in all.
sloth (2582) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium sized tan head, good retention, lotsa spotty lacing. Black body, slight ruby edging. Nose is lightly piny, some licorice and roast. Body is med/full, oily, soft carbonation, slick on the palate.Lotsa pine and laid back roasty notes, sorta sweet, tad resiny. Slick, sorta sweet finish, distracting, dryer would be gooder to me. Decent. Props to 5K for the sampling!
BOSSbrewer (2247) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can thanks to Brent. Pours a very dark brown to black. Two fingers of tan head. Aroma is malty and some roast. Medium bodies. Some alcohol present. Overall, very nice beer.
jcwattsrugger (11315) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap @Churchkey-foamy tan head with trailing lace-mahogany. A-resin/citrus/pine-juicy, hint of dk malt. T-resin/citrus/pine-juicy hops with some bite, 2nd roasty dk malt.