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Blakkr - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

652 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.98%
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)
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Jeffo

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3.05/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can of this from Digita a while back. Thanks dude!

From a 16oz can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a one finger, looser, foamy, off-white head with good retention. Head fades to a foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass with a huge stream of carbonation up the middle. Clear dark brown body. Nothing special here. Too much carbonation and the looser head isn't all that impressive either.

SMELL: Hops and more hops. Pine, melon and lots of grapefruit on the nose. Nice hop profile, but nothing black about the nose.

TASTE: Lots of hops again. Pine and melon notes, with lots of bitter grapefruit at the swallow. Big and lingering aftertaste of more grapefruit and piney bitterness, grassy hops, and just a faint hint of roasted malt. Very light. Mostly a hop bomb with very little black to be found.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Slightly creamy on the nose, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A bit of bitterness lingers on the palate.

OVERALL: A good hop bomb for sure, but it's all IPA. There was really no need to make this beer dark brown, as any kind of roasted or chocolate flavors that would be produced by these dark grains were not allowed to come out and play anyways. The trick with a hoppy black ale is to hop it up, but show just the right amount of restraint so the character of the dark grains can play a role in the flavor profile as well. That didn't happen here. Might as well just make a regular hop bomb DPA and call it Ornggr. A good beer that we enjoyed, but not representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. bottle tried as part of a blind beer tasting with the Better Beer Authority (BBA), canned on 2/21/14, poured into a large snifter glass and tasted over an hour.

A - 2/3 - dark brown coloration, low clarity letting very little light through (cannot see through), initial tannish white head that settles into a 1/2 finger lacing that persisted throughout the drinking; large alcohol legs; moderate-to-high carbonation that reagitates on the swirl

S: 8/12 - low-to-moderate pine/resiny aroma with some background citrus fruit; some roasted malts peek through; no alcohol presence on the nose (especially impressive for 9.99% ABV)

T: 14/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a mild bitterness that pops the taste buds for some classic PW hop flavors - again, pine and sticky resins with some background citrus characters; in the middle of the mouth, the roasted malts with more muted biscuity character starts to arise; little-to-no alcohol detectable; finishes dry

M: 3/5 - some hop oils coating the tongue, alcohols provide fullness and balance; moderate carbonation pushes the envelope

O: 6/10 - I was really looking forward to this one after reading/hearing that this is a hybrid of Abrasive and Darkness; however, in both the blind format and after the reveal, I called this "disappointing"; the citrus aroma/flavors are huge in Abrasive and the chocolate/coffee character is exceptionally complex in Darkness - unfortunately; this doesn't live up to either beer; regardless, thanks to Andrew Lewandowski for a sought-after beer from one of my favorite breweries!

TOTAL - 33/50

Serving type: can

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
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16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Some edge transparency. Off-white head. Wispy surface with a medium collar.

Smell - Hoppy. Black IPAs always seem grassy to me. Roasted malt. Dark caramel.

Taste - Grassy hop flavor. Grapefruit. Immediately bitter. Roasted malt and caramel. Lingering bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Very roasty. Very bitter. Medium body, though.

Overall - Black IPAs need to be very good. This is good, but doesn't stand out.

Serving type: can

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Blakkr from Surly Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.