1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Blakkr - Surly Brewing Company

Not Rated.
BlakkrBlakkr

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

654 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 654
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 44
Gots: 67 | FT: 3
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Buebie on 02-26-2014)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 654 | Reviews: 87 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by zeledonia:
Photo of zeledonia
zeledonia

Minnesota

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
More User Reviews:
Photo of drpimento
drpimento

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-23-2014 02:11:10 | More by drpimento
Photo of BeezNeezy22D
BeezNeezy22D

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-22-2014 16:47:02 | More by BeezNeezy22D
Photo of mothman
mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-22-2014 02:04:01 | More by mothman
Photo of BarrelAgedG
BarrelAgedG

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-22-2014 01:14:29 | More by BarrelAgedG
Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-21-2014 00:19:26 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
Photo of Fr0stb1te
Fr0stb1te

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-20-2014 19:23:17 | More by Fr0stb1te
Photo of jshusc
jshusc

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-20-2014 00:12:01 | More by jshusc
Photo of Knapp85
Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-19-2014 17:59:11 | More by Knapp85
Photo of 773-F-I-B
773-F-I-B

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-19-2014 07:13:16 | More by 773-F-I-B
Photo of MooseBoose
MooseBoose

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-19-2014 02:15:28 | More by MooseBoose
Photo of Buckymsd
Buckymsd

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.2%

07-19-2014 00:49:54 | More by Buckymsd
Photo of MisterMike
MisterMike

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-18-2014 22:45:55 | More by MisterMike
Photo of Hopmarc
Hopmarc

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-18-2014 00:20:33 | More by Hopmarc
Photo of alphagnome
alphagnome

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Pitch black body allows no light to pass through. A thick, light brown head with great retention and lacing.

Aroma:
This is a potent black ale, and I love it! More pine and tropical fruit than any other beer I've had to date. Very fresh aroma - clean and earthy. A hint of roasted malt and cola.

Taste:
This hop forward beer packs a punch. Plenty of earthy pine notes and some and a bit of grapefruit and tangerine. A malty backbone, rich with bittersweet cocoa and roasted coffee. Has an interesting sweet flavor on the finish and it clashes a bit with the booziness of this brew. However, it's still highly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel:
Quite thick for the style and lightly carbonated. Dry finish.

Overall:
A fantastic brew that is best enjoyed one slow sip at a time. The explosive flavor of this one will catch you off guard if you don't prepare yourself. Worth every penny!

Serving type: can

07-17-2014 22:25:09 | More by alphagnome
Photo of Whiskeydeez
Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

07-17-2014 17:17:28 | More by Whiskeydeez
Photo of Stum-pub
Stum-pub

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-17-2014 05:03:25 | More by Stum-pub
Photo of Oakhtar
Oakhtar

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-17-2014 03:41:48 | More by Oakhtar
Photo of Stillyman11
Stillyman11

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-15-2014 05:18:47 | More by Stillyman11
Photo of DerekDudley
DerekDudley

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-14-2014 20:26:05 | More by DerekDudley
Photo of mpdavis
mpdavis

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-14-2014 16:39:13 | More by mpdavis
Photo of mgr78704
mgr78704

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-14-2014 13:55:50 | More by mgr78704
Photo of jallen5076
jallen5076

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-13-2014 23:31:23 | More by jallen5076
Photo of ChristianT
ChristianT

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-12-2014 22:00:51 | More by ChristianT
Photo of HoppyHopperton
HoppyHopperton

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

07-12-2014 16:14:26 | More by HoppyHopperton
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Blakkr from Surly Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.