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Blakkr - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 806
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 65
Gots: 99 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stvanderwoude on 02-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This double black as night IPA is too massive for just one brewery's efforts. BLAKKR took the trinity of Real Ale Brewing Co, Surly Brewing Co, & Three Floyds Brewing Co, to actualize this crushing ale. Cheers.

This is the 16oz canned Surly version.
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Reviews by yokken:
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4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned on 2/17/14.

TL;DR: Picked this up expecting another decent Surly brew/collab. Was blown away.

Appearance: Poured into an Ikea oversized wine glass, whatever you call 'em. Very dark chocolatey color coming out, but black in the glass except for around the edges where it looks more brown. Not thick like a RIS; around the same thickness of a nice juicy DIPA. About an inch of fluffy head that receded over 5 minutes or so. Leaves great lacing on the glass if you drink it at a consistent rate.

Smell: Wonderful. Huge on the hops, with very loud tropical notes and a touch of pine. Loving the roasted malt and subtle chocolate overtones. I knew it was going to be good the second I got a whiff. I didn't take too much time to pick out every ingredient, because I was eager to get a sip as soon as possible.

Taste: BOOM. They nailed this. A nice bitter bite right off the bat, quickly followed by a punchy tropical hoppy explosion. The alcohol is very well concealed; if this wasn't such a big tasting beer, you could easily get yourself in trouble with this bad boy. The bitterness lingers from drink to drink, but as the hops fade away, a wonderful roasted chocolate taste settles in. It doesn't stay around for too long, but it adds a whole 'nother layer to the complexity. This is definitely not just another black ale/IPA. I won't claim to taste everything in the beer, but what I do taste is extremely pleasing to my palate. I'm a huge IPA/DIPA lover, and words cannot express how much I like the flavor profile of this brew.

Mouthfeel: Too good. I'm a fan of juicy/oily and dry IPAs alike, but this seems to combine the strengths of milky porter/stout with those of a moderately dry IPA. It doesn't dry out my tongue, but it doesn't leave it feeling like I just drank olive oil. It's unbelievably creamy, reminding me a lot of a milk stout, but everything else about this beer screams IPA. Just the right amount of carbonation - I can feel the bubbles tickling my tongue. It's smooth but not slick like a thick stout that sometimes make you feel like you're drinking motor oil. I won't go so far as to say refreshing, but it's definitely got a crispness to it that doesn't leave me feeling as full as after drinking a thick RIS.

Overall: I love this beer. I'm glad I bought 2 4-packs, because if I hadn't, I'd be running RIGHT NOW to go buy more before it's gone. The bite at the beginning followed by the tropical punch in the face characteristic of big IPAs was already enough to have my attention. But the roasted aftertaste with the chocolate undertones was like mixing an amazing stout with an amazing IPA, leaving you with the best of both worlds. The creamy mouthfeel is possibly the best part, and really helps to smooth out this otherwise huge brew.

This brew seems to be pretty widely available (for now), but I highly recommend it to anyone who likes IPAs. It's got everything characteristic of a great IPA, but throws in a few roasted notes to leave you with a wonderful rich flavor that makes you long for another sip. It's spendy, but very worth the asking price. I hope they brew this again, because it's WAY too good. Surly/Three Floyd's have done it again. Honorable mention to Real Ale, which I've never heard of, but if this brew is any indication of their quality, I'll have to keep an eye out.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to have another.

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4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one was canned exactly 3 weeks ago.

An aggressive center pour from the 16oz. can into a tulip glass produces a strong, dense foamy head. It slowly subsides to a light coating on top and a lovely lace along the sides of the glass. This beer is blacker than most. No light shines through this brew.

The aroma is not extremely strong and is mostly pine and citrus with a little bit of roast coffee or dark chocolate hiding in the shadows. As it warms, the smell seems to grow a bit with some pineapple showing up as well.

The taste is rather amazing. A hoppy, bitter bite right up front quickly followed by dark chocolate, maybe some strong coffee and then finishing with a lingering piney dryness. I want to keep going back for another drink. The alcohol is hidden, buried deep in the inky depths.

The mouthfeel is about right with a hint of creaminess and even a touch of sweet stickiness. The carbonation is just right.

Overall, an excellent beer. This one runs deep.

A little pricey? Perhaps. I paid $18.99 for the 4-pack.

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4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 ounce bomber bottle into tulip glass.

A: dark as night with one finger of tan head.

S: great citra hop smell.

T: malty backbone with a hoppy finish. Alcohol level is difficult to notice.

M: full bodied, smooth, very drinkable.

O: solid black IPA. Great collaboration effort.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into dimpled mug.

Appearance: Near black with moderately sized tan head and light lacing.

Smell: Strong hop aroma with grapefruit, tropical notes and pine. Some light roasted malts, but this smells much more IPA than Black.

Taste: Same as the aroma, this is very hoppy, with lots of grapefruit, tropical fruit, orange, pine and even some darker, sweeter fruits. Very juicy. However, there is also a nice malt base, with chocolate, molasses and light char. Finish is hoppy and roasted with some bitterness.

Feel: Creamy and fairly full bodied. Moderate carbonation with a dry finish. Somewhat oily but also slightly chalky. Not boozy at all.

Overall: Fantastic collaboration here. I can't believe this is 10%. Even though the taste is decadent enough for the abv, it is also fairly easy to drink. I hope this somehow is not just a one and done release.

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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass. Canned on 02/17/14.

Appearance: Pours dark and black with some hints of brownish ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and about two fingers of light tan head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A juicy, earthy, and roasty hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus, pine, and dark malt. Big upfront mix of hops with some earthy, floral, and citrus hints. Dank scent of pine resin and grass. Citrus fruit hints of pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, mango, and lemon. Solid dark roasted malt presence with hints of chocolate, burnt toast, coffee, biscuit, grains, caramel, and yeast. Also some subtle licorice like spice hints. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a dank and juicy hop forward taste with good notes of citrus, pine, and roasty malts. Ripe upfront taste of floral, citrus, and herbal hops with some good notes of spicy pine resin and damp grass. Big juicy presence of citrus hop flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and mango. Dark roasted barley malts with notes of chocolate, burnt toast, biscuit, coffee, grains, caramel, oats, and yeast. Light licorice spice presence as well. Nicely bitter, oily, and juicy. A very good black ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and pretty drying. Alcohol is smoothed out well.

Overall: A very good imperial Black Ale. Good mix of citrus and piney hop flavors with a good balance of dark malt. A pretty cool collaboration from Surly, Three Floyds, and Real Ale.

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Blakkr from Surly Brewing Company
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