Finhead (1849) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2018
Ruby-black pour with a brown chocolate milk type head. The aroma has rich milk chocolate with a slight touch of spice. It has a medium body with smooth texture and average carbonation. The taste is mildly sweet with roasted, dark chocolate. zoucrew102 (2252) - - JAN 14, 2018
750ml bottle. Rich roasted malt aroma with chocolate, brown sugar, tangerine and pine resiny hops. Pours black with a large mocha brown head that has excellent retention and some lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt, chocolate and brown sugar flavors as well as a full body and smooth mouthfeel. Finishes dry but quite smooth with some tangerine and pine resiny citrus joining the robust roasted malt flavors. Nice black ipa. PhillyCraft (8202) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2018
Tap at Freshcraft, black color with small to medium head. Notes of roasted malt, chocolate, pine, and maybe some hops citrus but it's always very hard to pick out hop notes in most black ipas. Medium bodied. Ratman197 (15636) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2018
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, earthiness and light coffee. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, cocoa, earthiness and light coffee with a smooth dry lingering earthy cocoa finish. onceblind (10905) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2017
Black hue under a thin foamy light khaki head. Roasty black malt biscuity aroma with a bitter hop kiss. Smooth brisk black malty flavor that’s gently hopped enough to balance, with a semidry roasty finish. Really middle of the road.
Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2017
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, unsweetened chocolate), lightly hoppy (grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Overall pretty good, if forgettable. Simple aroma doesn't really excite or inspire, but it looks good and the flavor balance and mouthfeel are both suited for enjoyable quaffing. Not something I'd buy again, but decent for what it is. Usually second runnings beers are pretty junky, but this is perfectly drinkable. edgallow (4640) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2017 Bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of citrus, pine and caramel. Taste is caramel and pine piscator34 (2673) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 25, 2017
Bottle. Almost black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of sweet pale malt, wet coffee grounds, chocolate syrup, and a bit of conifer. Flavors are fairly tame by Surly standards, with a balanced pale and roasted malt backbone supported by elements of chocolate, ash, and a bit of pine. Medium bodied with a moderate bitterness. Definitely more porter-like than black IPA. Where all the hops at? ajnepple (7372) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2017
On tap at Boonie's On the Avenue. Black colored appearance with a lacy tan head. Aroma of roasted grain, earth, cocoa, chocolate malt and mild piney hops. Similar flavor, adding moderate bitterness and mild sweetness. Medium to light body with a smooth finish. Nice. ljthiessen (1513) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 19, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a big, quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is rich roasty chocolate with hints of resiny hops. Taste is lighter than expected, again roasty chocolate with just a little hoppiness. A tasty beer, but not what I'm expecting from a Black IPA, especially from Surly.