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Black Ice - Molson Coors Canada

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 28.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An 'Ice brewed' beer which has a clean, fresh, snappy taste and a mellow aftertaste from the ice - filtering process.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 02-21-2003)
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Photo of rbuisson

Manitoba (Canada)

5/5  rDev +98.4%

11-25-2011 20:14:05 | More by rbuisson
Photo of steeler

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +61.9%

I'm rating this beer with the style in mind, something a lot of people forget to do on this site. This is an ice beer, and at one point in the early 90's I beilieve, this was a big seller for molson, and I can see why. I purchased this yesterday, for 4.95$ from local beer store, came in a 40oz brown bottle. I poured a bit into a glass to see what it looked like, had a light golden, perfectly clear yellow color. Looked rather nice. There also was a thin line of lacing atop the beer, which i was very surprised to see. After cracking that huge bottle, immediately smell the adjuncts, but no off smells, just smelled like beer, and with the add ABV I'm surprised it smelled this good. I drank this one nice and cold, after being in my fridge for about 6 hrs, so it was well chilled. But o m g this was one tasty "ICE" beer. Out of all the macro ice beers I've had, this has hands down been the best. It goes down with slight bitterness (not caused by hops) well carbonated, and malty, with virtually no after taste. Well done Molson! Well drinkability, as with any 40oz you pound em back, so it gets a perfect score, as it really does go down like water. Overall this a great, insanely cheap beer, that you should definitely try! Overall, it seems that i find Ice beers taste better than just straight macros, i just wish the abv wasn't higher for ice beers!

11-29-2008 15:43:02 | More by steeler
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +34.9%

A very smooth beer with almost no aftertaste. This beer pours a nice light golden colour with a small white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is nice and earthy and very pleasant to the nose. The mouthfeel is satiny with light carbonation The taste is what really wins me over. The taste is crisp and clean, and smooth. This is one of my favourite wintertime beer.

06-29-2007 22:20:42 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +32.9%

Well seeing as I have an overabundance of buck-a-beers in the fridge lately I may as well get to this one now...

A- Surprisingly pours with a thick puffy white head that settles rather quickly, although it retains a thick-ish layer over the brew itself! The color is your typical golden, but is slightly richer than usual, and is crystal clear. Decent sticky lacing clings to my glass and there are several columns of carbonation rising, both big and fine bubbles.

S- Typical musty dry grains, along with adjuncty corn dominate that aroma spectrum. Some moderate malt sweetness is noticeable in the backround as well. The finish is somewhat metallic with some esters of alcohol making it's presence. Still better than nothing I guess.

T- Adjunct laden but at least there is some malt flavoring here, I'm guessing due to some water being skimmed out. There is a little malt sweetness, some metal and some dried out prairie grass/grain. Again, not bad, just not great.

M- Although more flavorful, than usual this is still thin bodied and doesn't amount to much. It is clean and crisp still and the scrubbing action of the carbonation on the palate makes me remember that this is a typical macro lager.

D- Well I have to say Molson has made a beer that I'd pick up again....it's the right price, has some flavor, and makes for a decent beer to enjoy with some friends on the patio. The alcohol ends up being well hidden and just has a little more character than your typical macro!

08-29-2010 21:41:49 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +29%

02-18-2013 01:44:55 | More by LampertLand
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +19%

Average straight across the board, certainly nothing special here, but nothing wrong either..
The product I had today came in a 1.18 litre glass bottle with a 6.1 ABV, a nice fit for a brown paper bag..
Light golden in colour, limited head, fairly well balanced and full bodied..
Acceptable but with reservations..

02-21-2003 15:32:23 | More by Shiloh
Photo of pavpav12


3/5  rDev +19%

12-06-2011 02:36:26 | More by pavpav12
Photo of Pmicdee

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +19%

03-10-2014 15:24:34 | More by Pmicdee
Photo of VTBrewHound


3/5  rDev +19%

07-05-2014 01:06:27 | More by VTBrewHound
Photo of bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +19%

11-28-2011 06:49:46 | More by bigox420
Photo of Retroman40


2.95/5  rDev +17.1%

1.18 L Wide Mouth Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a light golden straw color with a puffy head that settles rather quickly.

S - Corn/adjuncts dominate with some hints of malt and hops.

T - Grains with some hop and malt flavor in the background.

M - Good carbonation, very easy to drink and very clean finish.

O - Bought a 40 in Ontario since I collect them. I certainly wouldn't pay Ontario prices if I didn't have to. This is a fine beer for what it is.

05-02-2014 09:50:30 | More by Retroman40
Photo of RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

11-20-2011 22:01:12 | More by RedAleMan
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

Pale yellow appearance with a large amount of head. Grainy, corn smell with a hint of sweetness.

Adjunct taste with lots of sweetness. Has a boozy taste to it as well with a hint of corn and metal. Surprisingly light bodied with poor carbonation. Aftertaste is metallic and has a lingering sweetness.

Felt greasy buying this, but overall it's pretty light for borderline malt liquor. It's good for getting drunk for cheap, but it's a little more tolerable then other beers in its class.

12-26-2010 23:55:21 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of joefinnigan15

Manitoba (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

05-25-2012 05:08:18 | More by joefinnigan15
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

750 ml can, nice for swilling.

Pours a clear golden, big soapy white head forms, some lacing, head disappears fast, pretty typical. I can smell it from here. Really sweet and corny, alcohol, citrus, bread, once again typical of the style. Taste is very sweet, some caramel, citrus, alcohol, corn, bread, metallic finish, pretty weak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, actually pretty smooth because of the carbonation, decent body too. Not too bad, definately have had worse.

03-29-2007 21:30:13 | More by Viggo
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev +7.1%

This is Black Label done in the ice process. It has some characteristics of black label but neither this Black Ice nor Molsons other Carling offering have the full bodied taste of Black label lager when it was a Carling staple. This Black Ice, like regular black label has retained one characteristic common to the Carling products I remember sampling...it disagrees with me the same way the old Carlings BL did. Tastes ok but afterwards (well, see my avitar for an idea of what happens). It must be the yeast...whatever it is it's the one reason I stayed away from Black label for years.

Too bad too because this Black "ice" is a good tasting smooth enough lager.

Mine poured a light gold color, very clear and not too carbonated, with a light frothy head that does not stay long. Smells of light maltyness and not much hopping. Starts fairly light and crisp then sits with a not unpleasant malty sweetness on the palate slight wisper of hops then finishes clean with no decernable after tastes.
A smooth and easy drink for a mega brewed ice beer....I think you may like it if you like medium bodied lagers. I certainy can't fault this beer on smooth taste but it just seems to diagree with my system....even in single pint quantities.

09-06-2003 04:17:17 | More by pootz
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

01-16-2012 14:21:05 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of RHVC59


2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

10-31-2013 17:04:03 | More by RHVC59
Photo of Jerid


2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

08-25-2012 23:04:18 | More by Jerid
Photo of Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

09-24-2012 21:11:31 | More by Kremlock
Photo of Gww1864

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

04-21-2013 04:30:01 | More by Gww1864
Photo of Magibeg

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-17-2014 21:15:57 | More by Magibeg
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -4%

Pours from the giant can pale gold with a flash in the pan head and not much lace to speak of. The aroma is weak and boozy for the ABV. There's lots of corn and cooked veggies present that are also in the flavor. Some sugary malt and limp hop leaf is also noticeable. The mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and light. Alcohol flavor is very noticeable for 6%, especially in the slightly numbing finish.

A very bland but relatively unoffensive strong macro lager. Not really worth wasting the money on.

07-07-2008 00:01:04 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.33/5  rDev -7.5%

355ml can. Sometimes a guy just wants an old-school backyard pisser kind of beer, and that time must be now.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and yes, sudsy bone white head, which leaves some random splotchy lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sweet creamed corn and rice, um 'malt', natch, an acrid paint thinner alcohol edge, wet metal, and that whole cooked veggies masquerading as hops thing. The taste is pretty sweet, some real barley malt poking its nose in, and seeing all the adjunct bros running this party, promptly hailing a cab home. The unpleasant industrial solvent essence from the nose seems to have thankfully abated, leaving a simpler gas station fume character amongst those hardy over-cooked, skanky vegetables.

The carbonation is quite low, as to be almost absent, the body light in weight, yet averagely dense and cloying in its sugary bearing for such a lager, so 'smooth', I guess, for what it's worth. It finishes sweet, sweet, sweet, and softly boozy, those baddies I've been ragging on having the good sense to keep out of sight for at least a little while.

I can totally see the general, base appeal of this sucker - the first gulp or two are pretty harsh, sure, but then the 'flavour' somehow mellows into the background, especially if you don't think too hard about it. Unfortunately, this here is a thinkin' man's beer site, and neither the affordability nor the palate-numbing flavour of this offering can dull my senses enough to recommend this as anything other than a relic from the woe-begotten ice beer trend of the 1990s.

11-13-2010 23:35:03 | More by biboergosum
Photo of schoon


2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-22-2013 15:45:41 | More by schoon
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Black Ice from Molson Coors Canada
65 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.