Blakkr - Surly Brewing Company
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3.96/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
It's always exciting when Surly releases a new beer. So I felt compelled to try this one. Canned 21 Feb 2014.
Pours dark, essentially black. Deep brown at the edges. One finger of medium-tan head, okay retention, nice lacing.
Smell reminds me of Abrasive, with a dark streak. Has the same vibrant grapefruit-heavy citrus hops, though they're not as eruptive as they are in Abrasive. The light char and dark roast are a nice complement.
Taste is typical of most black IPAs - like a hopped-up stout. Dark-roasted malts bring wood and char. The hops add bitterness on top of that, so the finish is a tingly mix of variations on the bitter theme.
Feel is quite good. Medium-bodied, with fuzzy carbonation that spreads the beer throughout the mouth. Lasting, a little prickly in the finish before it fades.
Really good for the style, but in my opinion, not on the level of, say, Stone's versions. The hops don't blend quite as well as they could, and the flavor is fairly simple. It's like a toned-down black version of Abrasive. That could be amazing, but it's merely good.
Serving type: can
03-16-2014 01:23:46 | More by zeledonia
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