tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can: Thanks, Corey! Black center, some deep brown around the edges, topped with a light, leathery tan head that transcends quickly to a foamy collar. Aroma has notes of light roast, chocolate, pine needles, some dank hop oils, mild bitter citrus peels, & some spicy, ashy hop notes in the back-end. Taste is more malt heavy & actually has a fairly apparent sweetness up front... burnt caramel, mild roast & char, a hint of sweet chocolate. Mid-palate, things switch from malty to hoppy; bitter grapefruit pith & orange zest, sticky pines, & floral bitterness, leading into a lasting finish full of both hoppy notes & slick, toasted malt sugars. Would never guess this one was nearly 10% ABV... Very enjoyable black IPA, a style that can be very hit or miss. This oneís a little sweeter than most, certainly not a bad thing.
euniceradio (338) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
16 oz can to tulip. Pours black with khaki cream head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, caramel, toast, cherry, dark fruit, candi, fig, brown sugar. Taste of dark choc, milk choc, caramel, toffee, roasted grains, tropical fruit and small amount of fig. Finish is choc and a little booze. Mouthfeel is creamy thick with heavy carb to style.
dagimp (882) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Once again, Ratebeer lost my rating.... WTF? Anyway, this was an amazing beer! One of the best imperial black IPAs Iíve ever had. Not sure if they still make it or it was a one off, but grab it if you can. It was pretty expensive at nearly $20 for a four pack of tallboys, but worth every penny!
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear black body under a frothy and creamy beige head that had nice retention. The aroma is really nice, lots of citrusy hops over a chocolaty and roasted malt base. The flavor is very bitter and citrusy up front. Finishes more malty with great lingering dark cocoa and roasted malt notes. This is really good stuff, and I donít think that itís even all that fresh. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and a mouth coating finish. Really good stuff.
aleigator (595) - GERMANY - NOV 2, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yields a motor oil black color, with a big, light brown, fluffy head.
Produces an intense, aromaful nose, consisting of big exotic fruit chunks, blending into roasty, warm earth. While the malts stay pleasantly focused on their mellow grain toast quality, the hops produce a great aroma diversity, featuring sappy lime, as well as juicy blood orange, creating an inviting complexity, while also adding a subtle sweetness to the malts. Never experienced a black ipa with such a profound resin quality, lending a rich ripeness to the fruity hops.
Has a creamy, rich mouthfeel to it, packing a pungent hop punch during the finish, amazingly well coated up by hops and malts, while resulting in a pleasant warmth. Very versatile on the palate, no notes of alcohol whatsoever, while the balance is able to handle all extremes going on in this.
This has such a clean, calm beginning, consisting of grain defined bread, bakers chocolate and a very soft aqueous quality, slowly turning into a creamy direction. After establishing this very smooth taste foundation, sour lime announces an uncompromising hop armada, while adding a bitter juice note as its harbinger, perfectly adding to the beers already established flavors. The following hop maelstrom overpowers them almost, if it werenít for the throughout detectable creaminess in this, adding a subtle but effective balancing quality to the malts. Luscious orange, together with wet grass and prickly kiwi and a whiff of papaya exhibit the diversified hop profile, which displays an intense dryness, together with a malt compatible fruitiness, finally joined by a distinct roasty malt aspect. Flavors turn more and more intense, while reaching their peak after the swallow, soothed by the noteable roasted malts and creamy nouthfeel, still allowing the hops to produce a long lasting, lime aftertaste.
What an extreme beer, which is true for its taste and for its well working balance. Flavors donít ever seem to stop evolving on the palate, while never revealing any signs of its higher alcohol content at all, instead the beer is defined by an utmost smooth mouthfeel.
PotjeBier (2273) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz can, shared @ Borresteijnís. Dark color, but not quite black/opaque. Beige head. Aromaís of resin, drop/licorice, bay leaves, zwart-wit. Retronasal itís moderate sweet, drop. Flavor is moderate sweet, roast, drop, moderate bitter. Medium bodied. Long finish with resin, moderate bitter, roast, coffee.
ronaldtheriot (1629) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - SEP 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Blakkr has a very thick, beige, creamy head, a very dark brown (NOT blakkr than blakk, though) appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of bright, citrus, indistinguishable fruit, with maybe a background bread. Taste is of black bread, some not-so-strong bitterness, and sweet, fruity, hops (yes, I said "sweet"). Mouthfeel is medium, and Blakkr finishes semi-dry and easy drinking (for a 10% beer, which presents no alcohol). RJT
Borresteijn (5842) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
.5L can, thanks Potje! Black colour, beige head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, brown malts, coffee, caramel. Flavour is sweet, malty, grapefruit, caramel, coffee, hint of laurel, mint, pumpernickel, bitter hoppy finish. Medium bodied. Good.
kathouse (1413) - Nevada, USA - AUG 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks cards04! Very dark with a thin tan foam. Aroma is pine, wood, ash, and coffee. Chocolate, hop bitterness, and burnt wood top this full bodied black ale. Finish is anise and tobacco. Plenty complex but not as good as the 3 Floyds version.
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz. can from arminjewell- thanks again, Armin! Lives up to its name on the pour. Black as night, with a small off-white head that leaves a ring, streaky lace, and small wisps of film. Roasted and toasted malts, tobacco, earth, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, and a little citrus peel. At first I detected a kind of soy/umami note that went away after breathing for a minute. The whole thing mellows over time. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a roasty, bitter mouthfeel. Good black IPA.
Christpuncher (2388) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
another monster beer at tap at binnys LP. nice hoppy beer with some roasted malt flavors and some pine flavors. pours tan with a thick tan head. smells like hopps. decent beer, not the 99 it is supposed to be though.