Great Lakes Apocalypse Later | Great Lakes Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
46 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Great Lakes Apocalypse LaterGreat Lakes Apocalypse Later
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada
greatlakesbeer.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.99%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jrenihan on 01-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
46
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
5.54%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Cycle69
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of portwood
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell: loads of chocolate, coffee, citrus, & toasted aromas.
Taste: very creamy, slightly boozy citrus.
Finish: dry & bitter chocolate, pine resin, grapefruit.
(can 2/18/16)

 173 characters

Photo of MasterSki
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from the brewery. Served in a Bellwoods snifter.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a thin cap, collar, and a plethora of tiny speckles of lacing. Dark brown body that resists translucency.

S - Piney hops, and nutty malts, with some notes of roast and char in there for good measure. As it warms notes of cat pee, grapefruit, and perhaps a touch of alcohol creep in. A bit muted considering the ABV.

T - The taste is surprisingly mellow, but in a good way. Not overly bitter or charry. Drinks like more of a regular Black IPA than an Imperial one. Again, the flavor is also understated, with nutty and roasty malts supporting some herbal hops, with a sprinkle of baker's chocolate tossed in. Still pretty hoppy considering I bought this a while ago (March I think?).

M - Medium-full body. Chewy, with light alcohol warmth. Pleasant, creamy, soft carbonation. Finishes pretty cleanly for such a big beer.

D - Wish I had gotten to this sooner to experience the full hop aroma, but it's still one of the better black IPAs I've had in recent memory. It's not a style I love, but this one manages to avoid most of the major pitfalls. Would definitely have it again if I saw it around town on-tap.

 1,195 characters

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can served cool and served into a tall pilsner glass at Rib Eye Jacks in Burlington.

Appearance - pours a dark chestnut brown from the can and appears black in the glass. Nice finger and change of fluffy tan head. Good retention lasting a few minutes and some sticky residue lingers around the glass.

Smell - dark and roasty with lots of sweet citrus. Some pineapple and guava perhaps. Oodles of caramel malt. Nice balance and quite welcoming.

Taste - big and bold with substantial bitterness. Less citrus and more burnt grain than initially expected. A good balance but flavors were substantially more muted than expected.

Mouthfeel - smooth and very creamy with just enough astringency and prickly carbonation.

Overall - A nice Black DIPA, but the flavors didn't quite pop the way I was expecting and the aromas and feel just aren't quite up to the near cult-like following other Tank X beers have garnered. Nonetheless Apocalypse Later is worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

 998 characters

Photo of Bunman3
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This really is a lovely beer. It definitely sinister looking stuff - deep and dark, with a persistent brown head that leaves serious rings as it recedes. The smell is a bit lighter than expected - mostly orange and pine, with mild roasted flavours lurking beneath. The big char, coffee and sweet flavours emerge later. This is a dandy beer, right up my alley. Thanks again to @msjpearson for hooking me up with this tasty brew.

 427 characters

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

Photo of SSS
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Black color with a sexy brown head
S-Dank hop aroma on top and subtle malt not too apparent
M-Thick mouthfeel with carbonation medium to high
T-There is a distinct charred taste, and smoky flavour that kind of over powers and makes this almost more of a smoke beer than BLACK IPA
O-Unfortunately the smoke was too much for me :(

 330 characters

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

Photo of Coronaeus
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from brewery.

Jet black with a thick tan head that leaves moderate lacing as the beer is consumed. Strong pine resin and mild citrus on the nose. Bitter orange rind and pine flavours dominate. The bitterness is forceful yet pleasant. Medium body. My 'weak constitution' would prefer a lower ABV on this one, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

 349 characters

Photo of twiens77
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is THE only Imperial Black IPA I have ever tried...but it is far superior to any previous Black IPA including 21st amendment's offering out of SF. So black and so so good. This is one of my new favorite Tank Ten releases from GLB.

 235 characters

Photo of DaveBar
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery $4.50 for a 473ml can. A bit steep. Served at 7deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 2" high brown head that lasts forever before film out. The head looks rather creamy and liquid black.

S- Heat and malt. Some hops

T- Traditional black IPA. Nicely balanced with roasted malt and bittering hops. Nothing overpowers but there is a lot of heat and not well hidden which is a good thing as it's pretty easy drinking and can get you in trouble if you don't watch. The roasted malt imparts a bit of a bitter aspect to the brew and it's the roasted malt type of bitter, not hop bitter although that is there too.

M- Nice and creamy but bitter on the tongue at the end.

O- Nice brew. Enjoyable for one that night and will buy again. It is a respectable brew.
Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with..... BBQ hot sausages topped with something tangy like sauerkraut and olives.

Enjoy

 933 characters

Photo of kristinc
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrenaline
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SebD
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

 591 characters

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

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Simon212
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of biegaman
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.

 1,879 characters

Photo of mtomlins
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.

 341 characters

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

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

 416 characters

Photo of kinguy
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of stevergca
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Great Lakes Apocalypse Later from Great Lakes Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe