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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 9.99%
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Imperial black ale.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheMaha (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2014
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blairgus (3179) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2015
30 may 2015, bottle. black. Nose is spiced cola. Med body and moderately fizzy. Harsh cola and burnt toast. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (887) - CROATIA - JUN 28, 2015
Tap (at Warpigs); black pour with a beige head; aroma of tropical fruit, pine, and roasted malt with a hint of dark fruit; taste is more bitter than sweet with pine, tropical fruits and then malt with a hint of dark fruit; finish is dry and bitter; good black IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmohno (1240) - Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2015 Black, delicious, smooth, balanced. Wow. Nice. An expensive beer thatís actually worth its high craft beer price, pricey and worth it. well done. I think I would give credit to 3floyds more, due to my impression with the rest of surly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (299) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2015
16 Oz can. Pours black with beige head. Strong piney citrus aroma. Taste follows with a bitter malt dry finish. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JesseyLoo (2) - Bentonville, Arkansas, USA - JUN 15, 2015 does not count
Poured from can. Dark brown/black appearance with beige head. Slightly bitter aroma of hops. Sweet pine nose with a dark chocolate, bitter malty finish. Not too boozy. Smooth palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emusche (49) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Pours black with creamy head. Good retention. Aroma is heavy pine, hops, and creamy malt. Taste is malt, Citra hops and spicy pine. Nice mixture. Love the idea of brewers getting together and getting creative. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7354) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Canned. Poured deep brown with a sticky toasted beige head. The aroma picked up sweet roasty black malts, honey, and slightly oxidized fruity notes topped by a hit of pine and citrus.. seemed like the hops faded a bit. The flavor found roasty honey and black malts at the core with lightly bitter fruity notes and peppery spice around.. finished tart and a touch boozy. Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation.. this particular can was past itís prime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (777) - Burlingame, California, USA - JUN 5, 2015
On tap. Pours a solid black with a tan head and lacing. It has nice pineapple and citrus aroma along with a flavor of fruity hops and toasty malt and licorice over a heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TimGustavo (9) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2015 does not count
Pours a beautiful black with tan foam. I have a bit of a cold, so I canít smell much. Nice butter hop punch that isnít overpowering and fades into a nice malty finish that isnít over powering. Definitely a great beer

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
thepalms (1) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2015 does not count
A delicious IPA aroma, drinks smooth with a mildly sweet finish. High alcohol content.

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