Blakkr - Surly Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color capped by two inches of ecru foam that leaves a curtain of lace
Smell: Balanced between the ashy, burnt caramel and the piney hops
Taste: Burnt caramel sweetness, on the front end, with a developing blend of chocolate and pine; increasingly bitter and ashy, after the swallow, though the sweetness of the burnt caramel lingers into the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation
Overall: Surprised by the high ABV here and the flavors create a quite challenging blend; still, as ABAs go, this is a good one
05-21-2014 01:46:11 | More by brentk56
3.84/5 rDev -9.2%
its almost too much, this insanely dark and hoppy collaboration. jet black on the pour with an obsidian luster and a mocha colored half inch of steady head. the nose is hops, bitter and vegetal, even through the tremendously robust roasty grain bill, i get the hops first. in terms of taste, this is pretty two dimensional. extremely dark roasty barley and chocolate malt make up the front end. its bakers chocolate and tobacco, pavement, and licorice, while the back end is all hops. not particularly flavorful either, just bitter and intense. its almost bitter double jeopardy from the hops and the roast, but the enormous rich body cuts some of that, or at least spreads it out over a longer taste experience. carbonation is about average, but no amount of bubbles could lighten this one to drinkable, and i was certainly thankful to be sharing a pint can. very intense beer, taking black ipa to a whole new level. in the way that i dont need to drink more than one 120 minute ipa, this has similar properties. its a palate bomb too, so finish rather than start your session with blakkr.
06-29-2014 15:51:05 | More by StonedTrippin
District of Columbia
3.65/5 rDev -13.7%
16 oz can, thanks whoever.
Pours a dark chestnut brown with a light tan head, light lace. Nose of pine and grapefruit, char and roast malt, bitter chocolate. Flavor is more straight forward IPA like with piles of pine and citrus bitterness, very light dark chocolate and a bitter pine and mild ash finish. Medium thick, high carbonation, chewy finish.
04-27-2014 21:00:07 | More by yourefragile
District of Columbia
4.24/5 rDev +0.2%
On draft at Churchkey in D.C.
The beer is dark brown with a mild haze and a quarter inch of tan head. The aroma offers roast, smoke, charred malt, a hint of chocolate, resinous hops. Nice flavor, with everything flowing harmoniously. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Lingering hops with a light bitterness in the finish. While I'm not typically a big fan of this style, I found this beer unique and enjoyable.
05-09-2014 20:29:14 | More by Huhzubendah
4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured from the cask at Churchkey into a snifter glass.
Wonderful cask condition presence. Supper bubbled collar and half finger tan head, slightly soapy appearance. Body color has a great looking dark red ruby and brown mahogany hue to it as well. Just impressive.
Aromas are a mix first of dank earth and some fruit. I am strangely getting watermellon off of this and cantaloupe aromas. Earthy, dirt and soil, even a bit juicy with no sense of roast but very inviting.
Palate comes with a huge contrast. Expected warm and soft cask like feel, with just enough natural carbonation to make the flavors pop but come out very different from the expected nose. Huge leafy tobacco and emphasized roast and slight char on first sip. Nice soft sugars, an a big sense of sticky molasses. The hop bitterness kicks in the finish, but the emphasis brings out more of the roasted characters of bakers chocolate and black licorice.
Huge contrast between what's on the nose and the flavors presented on first sip. Really unexpected and quite a surprise. Really impressed by this one and a real unique beer in the black IPA realm.
05-10-2014 12:53:47 | More by smakawhat
Blakkr from Surly Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.