Black Ice - Molson Coors Canada
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2.03/5 rDev -19.4%
Review # 867 is a special one indeed. This is no milestone.
It is a simple set of numbers, trivial when out of sequence. But in such exact progression they have come to symbolize something, a particular procession that for me will always represent the eighth day, of the sixth month, of the two thousandth and seventh year of our millennium - June 6th, 2007.
That was a sad day, for us all. We lost a friend that day. A coworker very near to us. Someone who made us all laugh, made us all smile, and made most of us say 'BOOM GUY!'
Well Jerry - Yes Sir, there she goes! We got a big game tonight... this one goes out to 'the Bomber'.
Black Ice - "Special Riserva". 355ml can, 6.1% ABV. Bravely poured into a (frosted) mug.
The head is bleached white and appears in all likeness a moldy complexion. It sits on an uneven level, crowned atop by a scuzzy rim of lacing. It seemed at first too anxious, responding greatly off even a modest pour, but has settled now to an acceptable half-finger in size. (Rather accomplishing for Molson). The body is crystal clear, golden hued colour, with numerous streams of bubbles that extent bottom to top.
Adjuncts are altogether too obvious in the aroma - if for no other reason than that no wheat, nor malt, nor hops are present. It is cloying, quite cloying. Adjunct ridden. The sweet nectar of corn syrup...
The palate feels violated. All said and done it is left saturated in those same adjuncts. A viscous, syrupy texture. Thick and almost creamy, the corn syrup shares some commonality to olive oil. It coats the entire mouth. Almost doughy at times. A lot of unpleasant lingering.
The flavour, also, is of corn and adjuncts. It isn't offensive - at least no more than any other Molson lagers. Not overly bitter, it is a bready taste foremost. An odd (and incredibly unpleasant) aftertaste continues to harass my taste buds for a far too prolonged period of time. The finish is dry and rather openly hints at the alcohol as it tends heats the back of the throat and sides of the mouth ever so slightly.
Overall, I found this on par with the Molson lineup. In other words - bad. Pretty bad. Quite bad. Although it should be said: no worse. Par for the course. Ideally.
The extra 1.1% easily went unnoticed behind the terribly distracting adjuncts, which sully the feeling in your mouth. Attractive enough in appearance and the aroma - despite really being more of a 'stench' - avoids ever becoming overly offensive.
I'm not so sure this is the love tonic I was told it was. I'm not even so sure I could enjoy this washing my car under a tree. The 'big boy' might help the ambiance on a romantic dinner setting ... but all said and done I'll just 'Keep On Boomin'
09-06-2007 02:43:48 | More by biegaman
2.2/5 rDev -12.7%
--Regular can, no freshness date on can.
--Poured with a big head that left pretty quickly. An average golden in color.
--Smell was of an average strong beer.
The first sip of this beer was not good at all. After the can was finished it became tolerable. but still nothing I would probably drink again. There are better ice beers out there.
06-12-2004 00:51:20 | More by canadianbarman
2.23/5 rDev -11.5%
355ml can poured into pint glass jan19 2010
A pale yellow with a fair bit of carbonation that floats up to a fast falling fingers worth of head that left no lace
S sweet malt with sour candy corn smell
T not so good, lots of adjuncts with a faint petrol taste that's rather unpleasant along with some booze
M thin but well carbonated
D It's hard to enjoy a beer that tastes bad, I doubt I will drink this any time soon
this would be good for one thing and that thing is killing lots of brain cells. unless you like getting blackout drunk I don't recommended you try this one
01-20-2010 19:31:54 | More by wordemupg
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
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
Black Ice from Molson Coors Canada
65 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.