Lemke10 (981) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2017 TheMaha (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh 16oz can poured into an over-sized Barolo tulip.Man the aroma tells you from the git that you’re going on a ride. The smell is very rich and complex. The earthy and floral hop notes jump to the fore. Seriously brash barnyard and coffee aromas follow. I picked up just a bit of chocolate, overall it reminded very much of a floral coffee like a peaberry or Guatemala but with dank hop characteristics.The appearance is where this black ale shines. . a deep dark cola color with a creamy but thin head. If anything Blakkr appears a bit under carbonated. As for the taste, there is so much going on. This is definitely a sipper-slash end of evening-slash"dessert beer. It has the weight and mouthfeel of a substantial porter or stout with the earthy hop kick. By turns there is the dual bitterness of the hops and espresso like malts,then a strong molasses like sweetness and a delightful liquorice bite in the back end. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste but you will feel it by the end of the can. Absolutely no burn. The palate is very solid, It is sweet and bitter, round and dry by turns with a nice pop of citrus. For sweet stout lovers it will be familiar, for West Coast black IPA fans it maybe hoppy enough but a bit big on the sweet malts especially as it warms. Overall, this is a very tasty and complex offering though a little spendy at about $4.50 a sixteen oz. can. Savor a Blakkr reflectively or pair with a rich stew, tangy rib or decadent chocolate dessert. A very good, occasion black ale. UMPH..home town love!
16oz can, pours a dark brown color with a slight light brown head. The aroma has hints of tart fruits, hops, and malts. Has an interesting blend of sweet and bitter notes. Smooth, slightly robust, and you get hints that this is a boozy brew. Rather interesting flavors for a black ale. kappldav123 (6100) - GERMANY - NOV 28, 2016
Old rating from CBC 2014. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Malty-fruity aroma. Starts heavy malty, stouty, earthy-notes. More and more hoppy-dry, bitter background. Interesting! Sdaniel90 (1080) - Mexico City, MEXICO - OCT 22, 2016
Can, 1 pint. Opaque dark brown with a frothy brown head. Roasted and hoppy aromas, hints of spices. Medium to robust bodied, moderate carbonation. Texture is oily. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Rich roasted and hoppy flavors into a smooth malty bitter finish. Percy0103 (766) - MEXICO - OCT 22, 2016
Can, 1 pint. A dark beer with a big foamy brown head. Aromas of floral hops, pine, roasted malts and alcohol. Taste is bitter with low sweetness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Rich roasted coffee character and a hoppy finish. Some mint at the end. Drake (13728) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Minnesota Trip Beer #24. Keg at Surly, 5/8/16. Clear dark brown, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of chocolate, resin, grapefruit, herbal hops. The taste is chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, grapefruit. Medium bodied, low carbonation, mild lingering bitterness.
Hopmaestro (1653) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2016
Can: April 24th 2016: Aroma is heavy from spruce, raw licorice, orange peels and piney hops. Taste is massive, with strong roasted notes, raw grapefruit rind, pine oil. The bitterness that kicks in is truly impressive, really harsh and strong. This is one of the best Black IPA’s I’ve ever had, but take my warning, I do really like exaggerated brews so if you’re into a more settled and soft approach while you listen to Nickelback, choose something else. MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2016
Can with massive thanks to Scott. Pours a very thick looking motor oil black with a cream colored head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and spruce with maybe a hint of lemon and mint. Flavor is very solid... lots of that chocolate malt presence, a brash pine presence and a citrusy/minty finish. (I’m not completely sold on ’mint,’ but that seems to be what I’m getting here. I can’t think of any other beers that weren’t advertised as "mint" beers that I have got that flavor on, though...) Damned good stuff, but that kind of goes to figure, right? xhophead (24) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2016
Dark, minimal head, perfectly balanced toasty malt and hop. One of the better black IPAs I've had.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 5, 2016
"Blackened is the end" - Metallica. Surly, what is this unholy concoction thou hast wrought? It pours black with a rich head that stays till the bitter end. And the end IS bitter, just as it is in the beginning. It starts with roasted malt bitterness. Tobacco, coffee, smoky wood, bitter chocolate. Then it changes into hop briskness. Zesty, leafy, woodsy (again, but different) and resinous. 999 is the new heretical number. Should you choose to drink of this wicked brew, you can abandon any hopes of peacefully shuffling off this mortal coil. Instead, it’ll be burned away, and you too will be blackened. ajnepple (6606) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2016
On tap at El Bait Shop. Black appearance with a tan head. Dark, roasty malts balanced by a moderate hop bitterness with notes of chocolate, pine and light citrus fruits. Good.