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RATINGS: 237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 9.99%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5283) - 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. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Halfway between chocolate cake and fruit cake, this Imperial Black IPA sculpts tantalizing flavors spanning from licorice to coffee, all brushed by coniferous hops resins.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam covers the gleaming darkness.
-The mouthfeel is succulently rich.
-The flavor profile is different and memorable.
-There is balance within the intensity.
-Alcohol is well hidden by the hop bitterness and rich malt sugars.

On tap at Links Taproom, Chicago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (372) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2015
10oz on tap. Into tulip. Minneapolis. Pours dark black. Opaque. Small white head. Aroma: resin hops. Chocolate and coffee. Taste is sweet upfront with a heavy bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Light carbonation. Long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BananaBi11 (17) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2015
Great flavor. roast, coffee? a little bitter and some hop. Like the 16 oz can, like with most surly beers. Definitely one of the better black ales i have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Obfuscate (228) - Minneapolis, - APR 12, 2015
On tap at Surly. Didn’t take notes but excellent black IPA with a nice warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (2007) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2015
16 oz. can. Pours brown black with a tight thin khaki head that fades to a wispy film and collar. Aroma has a mix of citrus pine and roasted chocolate malts that have subtle fruity vanilla scents. Taste is bitter with fruity pine hops and nice quick mesh of chocolate marshmallow roasted malts and subtle orange peel. Palate is medium with subtle smooth velvet feel and mellow chalky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
coachd (256) - Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Sharp hop aroma with roast, pineapple and cream. Appearance is a dull black color with a lot of light tan foam and tons of lacing. Taste is creamy up front like a cream stout then the hops hit you. Roasty aftertaste with an odd soy sauce/metallic flavor to it. Palate is good for the style. Overall pretty good but not worthy of such a huge rating. To be fair, Black IPA’s are not my favorite style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3489) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2015
Black colour, cream head. Aroma of pineapple, hops, tropical fruits, roasted malts and citrus. Bitter flavour, hops, malts, black coffee, lots of hops. Bitter hoppy finish, lemon peel, roasted malts and chocolate.
(from draught @ CBC green session, Copenhagen 2014. Thanks for sharing today’s beers, RateBeer crew!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11555) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Can split at Bruce’s pad, from an IP trade thanks to Fbc24, 28/11/14. Light black with a decent tan covering. Nose is pine resin, dark red berries, malt notes, earthy tones, liqourice, mineral notes, cocoa rub. Taste comprises earthy roastings, pine needle, spice, sweet tunes, dank hops, light coffee grinds, liqourice. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Solid CDA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2635) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2014
Draught at CBC 2014. Opaque black liquid with a medium light tan head. Aroma of citrus, tangerine, ash, coffee and licorice. Taste is dry and medium to high bitter with notes of citrus, tangerine and light ash. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Great BIPA, absolutely top class. Great hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 17, 2014
Poured from can into pint glass. Dark pour with massive head that settled down fairly quickly. Bright hops aroma. Flavor followed suit. Strong, fresh citrus hops. It's aggressive as you would imagine a surly/3F collab to be. There is a hint of roast on the back end but you really have to search for it. Fresh tasting, and the ABV is invisible. Very well done for 10%

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