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Great Lakes Apocalypse Later | Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Apocalypse LaterGreat Lakes Apocalypse Later

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.99%

Availability: Winter

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Added by jrenihan on 01-15-2012

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 45
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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 :(

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of tbeckett
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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Photo of wordemupg
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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Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
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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Photo of Kremlock
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of korguy123
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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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Photo of jrenihan
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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Great Lakes Apocalypse Later from Great Lakes Brewery
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