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Great Lakes Apocalypse Later 999 - Great Lakes Brewery

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very good

25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 6.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

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 by hopsolutely:
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kinguy
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of duimie
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jrenihan
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of evil_liver
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of wordemupg
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Photo of korguy123
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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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4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of tbeckett
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Kremlock
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Great Lakes Brewery for this gift.

A: Pours a 1 1/2 inch head that is fluffy and off white and is darker as you look down the head (from top to the bottom where the beer starts) Opaque, very dark with hues of burgundy. Reminds me of a Dr. Pepper.

S: Very citrus and pinny with some wetness. Dark malts are present in the background with aromas of chocolate and dark coffee.

T: HOP FORWARD. Citrus and pin again. Flavours of bitter orange with dark chocolate on the side. It is so hop forward, backwards and forward again that the malt is hidden. Then I burped and for some reason I tasted coffee and grain. That's a first.

M: Medium body, makes my mouth pucker, there is some astringency to it. Malt is too hidden by the hops.

O: I get what they are doing and the purpose of the beer so I can't take that away from them. As for style....well lets just say it's stands out...good or bad up to you to figure that out.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of valianes
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of peensteen
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black, one finger of creamy tan coloured head, lots of lace. Smell is a hoppy mixture of dank resiny pine and citrus, nice roast and milk chocolate, oranges, coffee and a bit of bakers chocolate on the back end. Taste is bitter, piney hops, citrus fruits and chocolate similar flavours to the milk chocolate orange candy, slight sweetness but mainy dry, roasty-coffee aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium body with lighter watery points, mouthfeel is a bit weak. Petty good, if this was a bit more robust in body this would be a standout beer but still nice as is.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Volo, a double black IPA, what could go wrong? A very attractive beer, black and syrupy with a good lacing retention, strong hoppy and roasty aromas, taste has a lot of thick piney resins, balance is excellent with a long hit of molasses and dark roast malts that give a really solid feel to this beer, very easy to drink, really hoppy but the malty complexity is also very apparent. Definitely one I would recommend, a satisfying hoppy big beer. Several others concurred. Well done Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Apocalypse Later 999 from Great Lakes Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.