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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This double black as night IPA is too massive for one brewery’s efforts. Blakkr took the trinity of Real Ale, Surly, and Three Floyds to actualize this crushing ale. Cheers.

This specific version was brewed at Three Floyds and available on tap and in 22 oz bomber bottles. For other versions, see Surly and Real Ale databases.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2014
28th November 2014
Bottle share at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to CDA hound Colin. Slightly murky dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is airy with fine carbonation. Thin dark malts but good on flavour - mild roast, little dark chocolate and mild coffee. Big spicy hops. Mild pine and citrus. Finishes smooth with more hop spice tingle. Very fresh hop spicy CDA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (7618) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to Kenny. It pours cloudy darkest brown with a decent tan head. The nose is rich roast, piney, lemonade, candied peel, sherbet, cocoa and icing sugar. The taste is rich, roasty, toast, earth, charred wood, pepper, candied orange peel, tar, burnt stuff and wood with a dry, charred finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty cheaky stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (2000) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2014
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to my friend Daniel for the trade. Bottled 2/14/14. Black with three fingers of light tan head. Aromas of pine, dark fruit, roast, floral notes, a little chocolate and citrus. Tastes of roast, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, pine, floral notes, a bit of licorice. Medium body with a dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FriendOfBeer (95) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Notes of dark fruits, plum, raisin, and dates. Boozy and bitter finish although sweet. Slightly aqueous mouthfeel, wish it was more creamy. Very long bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1139) - Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Black with a finger size tan foam. Aroma is pine, wood, ash, and coffee. Chocolate, hop bitterness, and burnt toast mark this full bodied black ale. Finish is anise and tobacco. Plenty complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (13118) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2014
Tap at Craft Heads, Tokyo. Dark opaque black color, small brownish head. Aroma of salt licorice, roast and alcohol. Medium-bodied to full-bodied. Roasted malts, citrus/piney hoppyness and licorice. Feels actually more like "standard" black ipa than 10% imperial. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CpyNPrnT (431) - Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Aroma of piney hops. Taste is piney and citrus hops, mild chocolate, lots of bitterness, clean finish with a nice alcohol warming. Very good!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Troupis (78) - - JUL 4, 2014
This is my heaven. The smell and finish of the hops is both clean and bitter leaving layers of taste long after the drink. On tap at Four Moon Tavern in Chicago. July 4 day drinking. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4742) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2014
22oz bomber. Wow. This is one beast of a Black IPA, truly worthy of the Imperial monicker. Rich minty chocolate, coffee covered caramel and a massive resinous hop bill. I would think that this is in the 100+ IBU range...really bold hop tones. Absolutely massive beer, this is one of the best Black IPAs I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (2309) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Here’s my review of 3F’s version. This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a super nice looking one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipates into a fairly decent looking black to dark brown colored body. The smell had a super nice bitter allocation of coffee to roasted malts, bitter and somewhat piney hops come in pretty powerful to invade my nose. The taste was bitter and sweet at separate times, I do get some chocolate and I do get some roasted coffee-ness. The aftertaste is nice and smooth through a nice coffee/chocolate flavoring. The finish is fairly quick and dry. On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body with a carbonation that is pretty good for the style and for me, nothing overly done but nothing subpar either. Overall, I say this is a pretty good American Black Ale well worthy of having again.

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