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Great Lakes Apocalypse Later 999 - Great Lakes Brewery

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Reviews: 13
Hads: 35
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada | website

Style | ABV
American Black Ale | 9.99% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jrenihan on 01-15-2012

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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 35
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh guest tap at Indie alehouse. Black as night, a little retained head, with lace left behind. The aroma is the Cascade hops. The taste gives more finish to the roasted malt. There is a nominal amount of smoke. A big beer, with hops hops hops. Palate erasing on.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a deep black color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops with light roasted malt notes is quite pleasant. Taste is also dominated by roasted malt notes with quite bit of green citrusy hops with medium bitterness level. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed but hops profile could be even more dominant.

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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured in to tulip.

A - Poured black with a generous amount (3 fingers) of medium brown head with good retention.

S - Piney and citrus hop aromas up front with roast, chocolate and coffee notes present.

T - Huge bitterness up front accompanies a fresh hop profile that adds pine, grapefruit and lighter orange peel flavours. Background adds roast, coffee and bakers chocolate.

M - Medium body and full of sticky tongue-coating hop oils. Light carbonation.

O - This was about a week old, and the freshness was very apparent. The hops really shined in this beer.

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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for the can!

Pours black with a nice mocha head with good retention and lacing. The nose is dominated by pine and citrus hops with some whiffs of roasted malt. The taste is similar with lots of bitter pine tar and cirtus rinds with roasted malts on the finish. Smooth and lively on the palate. Pretty damn tasty.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice tan head that dies down moderately and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, dank pine resins, roasted malts, light coffee and faint chocolate.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus/piney hops followed by an earthy bitterness, roasted malts and light coffee.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. A very nice Black IPA.

Serving type: can

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a moderate tan head. Retention is good, but not a huge amount of head to begin with. Quite a bit of lacing.

The smell contains a nice blend of bright citrus fruits and roasted malt. Quite aromatic.

Taste is similar and is very juicy. A lot of citrus fruit is present: orange, lemon, a bit of pineapple. Bitter but there is also some sweet caramel malt present, resulting in a nice bit of balance.

Highly carbonated, medium to full bodied.

Overall, quite good. Not dissimilar to Amsterdam's The Nightman Cometh, another high ABV black IPA recently brewed in Ontario. I prefer the Nightman, but this is also a very tasty brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473ml can poured into tulip 28/5/14 cheers liamt07 for sending it my way

A nearing black with a deep cola edge, big mocha head has great retention ending up as a table top island, thin ring after ring, I count 8 before I hit the bottom, impressive really I couldn't imagine how this could look any better, a rare 5 gets dropped

S tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple, some pine, coco, coffee, just a hint of booze but 10% I'd never guess, faint char as it warms

T not far from the smell, more pine and a little citrus rind, slightly more booze, burnt sugar and coffee

M leaning towards full, enters silky and creams up, slick on the palate, a little booze hits your chest but shes easy to drink for 10%, rind, pine and coco lingers

O a little dangerous, even with all the dark malt shes still lopsided towards the green stuff and that's fine by me

I could drink myself stupid with this one and it wouldn't take long, well made BIIPA, yeah that's right I added an "I", perhaps we need an Imperial BIPA style listed on BA, then again...
My can has an extra .01% alc and no mention of "999" someone correct me if I have the wrong listing

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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed 12/12/12
Dry hopped 12/21/12 (good way to spend the end of the world)

16oz can into tumbler.
Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for another fantastic box. Beer karma needs to be returned to him one day ten fold.

A- Totally opaque black pour. Two plus finger dark tan head. Heavy and creamy looking, leaving loads of sticky lacing.

S- Wet, potent and extremely yummy smelling hops. Bright citrus with a touch of dankness. There is some pine in the back with the dark roast and slight chocolate and coffee notes. Very hop forward and fantastic.

T- Hop forward with a lingering finish. Crammed in between the start and finish is dark bitter chocolate and a touch of burnt coffee.

M- Medium body, slightly creamy (It's borderline nitro tap feeling IMO) Sticky on the lips.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apocalypse Later is a dim scene indeed: opaque at every angle not held directly into the light, this dark, brownish-black beer provides no highlights or clarity. There are signs of life, however, as a singular strand of bubbles continues to shoot up and contribute to an off-coloured head that is, as far as the glass is concerned, a most sticky and messy affair.

The first time I had Apocalypse Later I remarked that its stinky ganja smell reminded me of a high-school parking lot on a Friday night. I also noted a dark, dank forest-y taste that was worthy of appearing in an X-Files episode. Those observations hold true for this batch, made one year later and canned rather than on-tap. Consistency is a good (often too rare) quality in a microbrewery...

Also unchanged, however, is the notion that the hops could be a little more forward. Actually, the malt too. A lot of the pine resin and spruce bark notes of the aroma fall-off on the palate, just as the chocolatey and coffee flavours evaporate almost on contact and leave hardly a trace in the finish.

For a 'double' or 'imperial' version of the Devil's Pale Ale 666, this doesn't really drink like a beer twice the strength and bitterness. I don't doubt the brewery's accurate in measuring 10% ABV and more than 100 IBUs but it's just that beers with those kinds of specs don't normally go down so easy. This might hit your head harder but it's every bit the toothsome delight on the palate.

Even when Great Lakes fails to knock your socks off they still manage to massage your feet - Apocalypse Later doesn't impress and overwhelm in the way you'd hope and expect an Imperial Black IPA to do so, but it is a mighty fine, pleasurable ale in its own right (even more so considering its measurements). But all in all, the world wouldn't end if this one was never brewed again - GL does have better offerings.

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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Brothers Beer Bistro. From notes.

A - Black pour with mild carbonation and two fingers of creamy head. Great lace wall and a film of retention.

S - Roast, lot's of earth and a bit of citrus. Quite inviting. Good hop aroma.

T - Earthy and really roasty with some dark fruit. Coffee and a bit of booze. Not a big, complex beer, but punches above it's weight at it's ABV.

M - Good carbonation, lighter body than expected though with about a medium on the scale. A sweet dark fruit note in the bitter finish.

O/D - They did a good job here. The body is a bit thin and it doesn't really wallop you with everything expected, but it's quite nice. Well done.

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Great Lakes Apocalypse Later 999 from Great Lakes Brewery
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