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RATINGS: 268   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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4.2
   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 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!


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11222) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2015
16 oz can poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, floral notes, charcoal and light grapefruit. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, charcoal, pine, earthinmess and light grapefruit with a smooth dry bitter lingering roasty grapefruit finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1082) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Type: 16-oz. can Glass: Manzanita pint glass From: My cousin Sam Price: N/A Purchased: N/A; Received July 24, 2015 Consumed: July 24, 2015 Misc.: Canned on March 30, 2015; Collaboration with Three Floyds and Real Ale Thanks Sam! Poured a pitch black color with 4-to-5 fingers of khaki tan, rocky tan head. Above average sporadic spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention. A really good looking beer. (Sight - 4.38) Smelled a good mix of malts and hops. Got smoky notes, spicy pepper, faint ashtray, pine, hops, slightly spoiled fruit, roasty malts, dark fruits and chocolate. (Smell - 3.88) Tasted slightly better than the nose. Got black licorice, vegetables, smoky ashtray, dark fruit - cherry or raspberry - reminding me of one of the See’s Candies, earthy, pine, light grapefruit rind, roasty malts and Citra zest. Did not taste 9.99 percent for sure. Maybe 7.2 pct. tops. (Taste - 4.13) Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.13) This was just a really good version of an American Black Ale, which is not surprising coming from Surly. (Overall - 4.13) 4.09 92 A-

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2887) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2015
Can at tasting. Black pour. Aroma of malt, passion fruit and gumball. Taste has lots of malt, some passion fruit, caramel, sweet booze and some fruit. Nice, but bit too alcoholic.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1131) - - JUL 20, 2015
Can. Pours black. Aroma and taste are bitter pine hoppiness and roasted malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1156) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2015
Can. Black with a couple fingers of brown head. Nose is grassy and slightly fruity. Taste is smooth, roasted, bready, nice coffee notes. Slight sweetness but mostly bitter. Drinks easy for the strength. Quite well balanced but doesn’t wow me enough on the hoppy or malty sides.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinator (1374) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Great roasted malt and piney hop aroma. Beautiful pitch black color with a full palate and weighty. Flavors push the limits with a strong bitterness that ranges from piney to grapefruit and a mild molasses sweetness to follow. Powerful beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2503) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2015
500ml can from Binny’s in Chicago, Illinois. Black in colour with a tan head, light lacing. The aroma is roasty, citrus, pine. The flavour is moderately bitter, lots of citrus hops, roasted malts. Finishes long, bitter, citrusy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blairgus (3327) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (908) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmohno (1256) - Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2015 Black, delicious, smooth, balanced. Wow. Nice. An expensive beer that’s 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.


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