Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a four-pack at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, Minnesota. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a rocky beige head that really sticks to the glass edge, even in a plastic cup, with all the lacing expected. Don’t even think of using a plastic cup, Glass It! Aroma of citrusy and floral hops, grapefruit, a hint of Baker’s chocolate, coffee and a hint of white pine. Taste is full bodied, soft carbonation with flavors of dark chocolate, cascade-ish/grapefruity hops, white pine and toasted dark malts. Finish is quite thick for a BIPA with a well balanced chocolate/sweet dark malt and grapefruit aftertaste with a sweet citrus and red grapefruit aftertaste. Unlike anything else I’ve tried from Surly. Malty, sweet citrusy hoppy, alcohol warmth, and oily finish. Couldn’t ask for a more suitable and full-bodied beer to be released during this year of the Multi-Polar Vortexes.
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 (2081) - 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 don’t think this is worth the high asking price.
markextrae (1847) - 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 (9314) - 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 (1468) - 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 (4425) - 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 (840) - 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.
fidelis83 (2136) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a one finger, tan head. Aroma is full of floral and tropical fruit hops, citrus and sharp pine to a lesser extent, some dark berry and ashy roast, and a little husky, spicy grain. Flavor is light roast, dark toasted bread, oatmeal, oily pine, dank marijuana, guava and mango heavy tropical fruit, bitter, juicy and oily citrus, spicy hops, a little grass and black tea. Medium body, creamy to syrupy entry, dry, slightly syrupy middle, medium carbonation and dry, slightly astringent finish. Really tasty stuff, could use a bit more malt character to sell the Black Ale/Black IPA thing.