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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 9.99%
Imperial black ale.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2014
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. Donít even think of using a plastic cup, Glass It! Aroma of citrusy and floral hops, grapefruit, a hint of Bakerís 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 Iíve tried from Surly. Malty, sweet citrusy hoppy, alcohol warmth, and oily finish. Couldnít ask for a more suitable and full-bodied beer to be released during this year of the Multi-Polar Vortexes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5510) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2015
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (558) - GERMANY - NOV 2, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (2170) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1599) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - SEP 5, 2015
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (5662) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2015
.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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (1374) - Nevada, USA - AUG 27, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2015
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christpuncher (2280) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11784) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1163) - 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 Seeís 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-

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