Great Lakes Apocalypse Later | Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Apocalypse LaterGreat Lakes Apocalypse Later

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Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada

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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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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 DaveBar
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
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 StormAles
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev 0%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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 hoppymcgee
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
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%

Photo of twiens77
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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 SebD
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Whatup14
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bixby1971
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of SSS
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
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 portwood
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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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3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.92/5  rDev -2%
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 jrenihan
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -6.3%

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4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Great Lakes Apocalypse Later from Great Lakes Brewery
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 49 ratings