Inbreak (6221) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2017 Skyview (6076) - 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.
01.05.2014, 16oz can shared @ Mikkeller Bar:Lemke10 (981) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2017
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly fresh hoppy, dark malts, rubber, hops, leafs, pine needles, grass, caramel, coffee. Taste is slightly sweet grassy, dark malts, hops, pine needles, leafs, soil, rubber, bark, caramel, coffee, licorice, grass. Longlasting bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Nice enough.
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 (6111) - 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 (1082) - 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 (768) - 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 (13954) - 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 (1673) - 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 (2839) - 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 (2020) - 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.