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!
MrBunn (2729) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can with massive thanks to Scott. Pours a very thick looking motor oil black with a cream colored head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and spruce with maybe a hint of lemon and mint. Flavor is very solid... lots of that chocolate malt presence, a brash pine presence and a citrusy/minty finish. (Iím not completely sold on ímint,í but that seems to be what Iím getting here. I canít think of any other beers that werenít advertised as "mint" beers that I have got that flavor on, though...) Damned good stuff, but that kind of goes to figure, right?
xhophead (17) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, minimal head, perfectly balanced toasty malt and hop. One of the better black IPAs I've had.
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MetalNHopHead (1332) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 5, 2016
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
"Blackened is the end" - Metallica. Surly, what is this unholy concoction thou hast wrought? It pours black with a rich head that stays till the bitter end. And the end IS bitter, just as it is in the beginning. It starts with roasted malt bitterness. Tobacco, coffee, smoky wood, bitter chocolate. Then it changes into hop briskness. Zesty, leafy, woodsy (again, but different) and resinous. 999 is the new heretical number. Should you choose to drink of this wicked brew, you can abandon any hopes of peacefully shuffling off this mortal coil. Instead, itíll be burned away, and you too will be blackened.
ajnepple (4994) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at El Bait Shop. Black appearance with a tan head. Dark, roasty malts balanced by a moderate hop bitterness with notes of chocolate, pine and light citrus fruits. Good.
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can. Medium brown head atop cola dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, some roast. Taste is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, some roast, light coffee. Medium-full body, some stickiness, light effervescence.
TheJestersBeer (2382) - 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 (37) - 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 (11) - - MAY 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Booga (60) - 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 (290) - Hong Kong, 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.