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Black Ice - Molson Coors Canada

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64
poor

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 2.49
pDev: 29.32%
Wants: 3
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 biboergosum
2.33/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

biboergosum, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of biegaman
2.03/5  rDev -18.5%

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'

biegaman, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Viggo
2.75/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

Viggo, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of wordemupg
2.23/5  rDev -10.4%

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

wordemupg, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of ROGUE16
2/5  rDev -19.7%

ROGUE16, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of bumchilly25
2.25/5  rDev -9.6%

bumchilly25, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of pootz
2.7/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

pootz, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.42/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

CAMRAhardliner, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Gww1864
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Gww1864, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of irishkyle21
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

irishkyle21, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of ZachT
2.25/5  rDev -9.6%

ZachT, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of RedAleMan
2.75/5  rDev +10.4%

RedAleMan, Nov 20, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -39.8%

chefduff2, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
3.25/5  rDev +30.5%

LampertLand, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Shiloh
3/5  rDev +20.5%

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..

Shiloh, Feb 21, 2003
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3.25/5  rDev +30.5%

probert, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of TheBeeraholic
2/5  rDev -19.7%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of dpgoblejr
2.25/5  rDev -9.6%

dpgoblejr, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of bigox420
3/5  rDev +20.5%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of pavpav12
3/5  rDev +20.5%

pavpav12, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of misternebbie
1.25/5  rDev -49.8%

misternebbie, Saturday at 03:56 AM
Photo of cyrenaica
3.4/5  rDev +36.5%

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.

cyrenaica, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of ChrisCage
3.35/5  rDev +34.5%

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!

ChrisCage, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of CrazyMike
2.75/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

CrazyMike, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of schoon
2.25/5  rDev -9.6%

schoon, Jun 22, 2013
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Black Ice from Molson Coors Canada
64 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.