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!
TimGustavo (9) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
thepalms (1) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2015 does not count
3.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
A delicious IPA aroma, drinks smooth with a mildly sweet finish. High alcohol content.
Frozer (187) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with white head. Excellent hop aroma. Crisp ipa taste. No smoky flavor. Assuming small amount of color only grains were used.
piscator34 (2093) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of spruce, un-cut pineapple, coal, and a bit of dark chocolate. The flavor is an interesting mix of aloe, more spruce, herbs, Seville orange peel, earth, char, and heavy malts. Fairly bitter, but achieving a good balance. Not as assertively hoppy as expected, but full flavored and complex.
Guerde (1210) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(can) Price dropped by 2 bucks on this, so decided to give it a try. Pours black with a large tan head that retains well. Why not 5. Aroma is pretty potent with plenty of pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and cookies. Some roasted malt is also present. Flavor holds an unexpected amount of decadent chocolate (like a lightly bitter dark) that yields a bit of a brownie character. This is coupled with some orange zest and more pine with a bit of saltiness thrown in towards the later stages of the finish. The alcohol is pretty well masked here. Mouthfeel is quite thick and carb is decent. Overall this is decent, but even after a $2 reduction, I donít think this is worth the high asking price.
markextrae (1903) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50cl can, recieved as a extra in a trade. poured a very dark brown colour with a tanned head on top. nose of thick roasted malts, sweet chocolate notes, slight tropical fruit notes, pine hop bitterness, melons, ash notes, resins, big hop bitterness. mocha, soy sauce, cookie dough, alcohol is well hidden. very enjoyable and 2 flavors that are very well blended together! nice refreshing afertaste!
Sammy (9350) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big roasty and drying finish. Thanks for sharing JOhn. God amount of orange hops. I would like more, good still.
MacBoost (1478) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a large light tan head. Aromas of cocoa, some floral hops. Taste is bitter and lightly sweet. Flavors of light coffee, some roast, bitter flowers, cocoa. Finished semi sweet, kind of chalky and very milkshake like. Above average but not mind blowing.
wlajwl (4452) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is pine, citrus and fruit. The flavor is chocolate, dark malts, grapefruit, fruit and a mix of tart//sour and heat in the finish.
BeerBunker (863) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can. Pours black with a foamy tan head. Aroma is of hops, pine, tropical fruit, and toasted malt. Taste starts off with a piney and juicy tropical hop flavor. The hop character is balanced out by a toasty malt backbone. Lingering resiny hop character. Finish is dry, toasted malt. Surprisingly well balanced. As it warms up, more tropical fruit starts to come through. Mouthfeel is very bitter, and burns the throat a little bit. Decent.