Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Blakkr - Surly Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

131 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 131
Hads: 1,035
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 24.29%
Wants: 88
Gots: 170 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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.
View: Beers (55) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 131 | Hads: 1,035
Photo of Qbdoo
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fabulous beer and an interesting take on the so-called black IPA. This is as dark as a porter or stout. The nose is a bit of roasted coffee and chocolate, with a hint of pine. The taste is the same. This is a much maltier black IPA than others, but there's still a piney quality that marks as an IPA. Mouthfeel is medium with some creaminess. Very smooth. Quite different from others of its kind like Sublimely Self-Righteous but a great beer.

 445 characters

Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Tallboy can poured to a tumbler with a pitch black body but remains somewhat less than stout thickness. Light tan cap forms to two fingers with pretty good retention. Frothy ring deposits thick sheets of lace towards the top of the glass with webs and spots following.

S- Hops jump off the top with the deep roasted base supporting them. Hops come in as fruity with citrus and slight stone fruit as well as pine. Grapefruit rind, tangerine, cocoa and burnt roast grains.

T- Started off with a hefty dose of chocolate, deeply roasted grains, toasted nuts and slight sweetness from the grains but before long the hops burst in. Fresh grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, apricot, stone fruits and pine.

MF- Medium to thick bodied with a slightly oily, creamy texture. Carbonation hits the palate at a medium-high level and makes the hops and roast burst out. Finishes with a medium bitterness.

It took me a fair amount of time to get into hoppy Black ales but I think I am finally a huge fan of this style. Beelzebub is back from Alchemist and this actually reminds me of that somewhat. Roast and cocoa from the malts compliment the citrus, fruity hops.

 1,157 characters

Photo of cervezango
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I convinced my buddy to buy this as we were browsing the discounted craft beer. It was not discounted , it was 15.99 for a four pack of all boys. I try to jump on surley whenever it shows up here in wisconsin. I love most of there beer, Blakkr looked and sounded delicious.
the beer is good, but not exceptional. I Darkness from surley is so much better.
I didnt get any devil powers from this beer as far as I can tell. kinda a let down.

 440 characters

Photo of mwilbur
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz can into snifter.
A: Pours a black hue with 1+ inch dark tan head with good retention. Very faint sticky lacing lasts throughout.
S: Citrus and pine hops (a la Furious) predominates. Underlying this (and becoming more apparent with warming) is a good dose of smoked and darkly roasted malt. Interesting and enticing.
T: The malt takes the lead here--smoked and darkly roasted--and provides a firm backbone for this brew. Pineapple and soft pine hops also present...just not quite as strong as in the aroma. Hint of peat and anise.
M: Medium body. Smooth, mildly sweet, moderately bitter, and with slight char. Dry and bitter finish.
D: A very solid offering...not quite top tier but close. I typically don't like to comment on price, but will here...not quite sure the end result can justify the $20 for a 4-pack.

 831 characters

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Definitely black ha. the head is dark tan. There's some particles in the beer, which for some reason excites me.

S: Burnt oats and hops. Pine and graham cracker.

T: This is amazing! I'm getting a wonderful balance of IPA bitterness with dark chocolate and roasty stout. Just awesome. Oats, toast, beef jerky, tobacco, hop bitterness, pine, orange peel, graham cracker. Very nice.

M: Thick and awesome! Not super duper thick but it has a nice velvety smooth feel to it. It's a mouthful.

O: Very well-made beer. Alcohol is well hidden. The flavor is complex and holds two different beers into one! Amazing.

 615 characters

Photo of SeanBond
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not going to do a full review, but wanted to say, as others have, that this is a very balanced version of a black IPA. It's a good beer, and the strong hoppy taste (you get a LOT on the nose) blends well with the smoky malt, but at $18.99 a 4-pack, it's just too expensive. I purchased once because I was curious (it's gotten good reviews and I love both FFF and Surly), but I can't see myself dropping another $20 on a 4-pack of this. For fans of black IPAs, I'd assume this'll be a real hit, though.

 505 characters

Photo of TheSSG
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge, densy, tan head that has insane persistence and laces readily. Grapefruit hops in the nose. It smells quite hoppy and nice, though not much of that toasted malt. Black. Starts with a rich, toasted malt flavor and citrus hops. Acidic and bright right at the very beginning. The malt settles down and the citric hops become more dominant. The hops move into a more citrus rind bitterness, which lingers into the finish. Velvety smooth, and surprisingly carbonated.

This is pretty good. The front of this is a phenomenal balance of hoppiness and toasted malt. If this could be the balance and complexity of the front, I'd love it to death. This is easily one of the better black IPA's I've had, but it would be perfect if the toasted malt were more prevalent throughout.

 782 characters

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can, with canned on date 04/16/2014 printed on the bottom of the can, so this is some pretty fresh beer right here. The Three Floyds / Surly / Real Ale collaboration effort; not sure why we need so many different entries for this beer, but my can was brewed and canned by Surly Brewing Company. Scored the four pack from the local beer store for something like $19.99. Expectations are good based on the beer's current high ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark cola brown colored body; opaque in the glass, but not what I would call "black" by any means. Three fingers of creamy fluffy tan mocha foam for a head. Leaves behind nice thin webbed lacing. Appears well carbonated and the head has some very good staying power for the high abv. Looks very nice.

S - The smell isn't particularly unique or appealing to me. Has a very dank fruity / piney hop bitterness to it, a bit of creaminess, a light touch of roastiness.

T - The taste is basically all IPA forward - extremely bitter resinous hop bitterness - pine, grapefruit, oranges, citrus rinds. There is just a touch of bitter dark roastiness going on. Otherwise this thing is a major hop bomb. It's on palate destroying par with beers like Stone Ruination IPA.

M - The feel is extremely dank, bitter, piney, and resinous. Tasting this blind, I might not know that this was a dark ale. Crisp carbonation, yet smooth, lightly creamy, and easy drinking for the hefty abv.

Overall, a nice beer, but definitely overrated, and not the best example of the style. Way imbalanced in favor of the hops. This thing needs more roasted malt content for damn sure. As it is, it is a nice beer, but slightly above average at best. Recommended but not worth the money I paid for this.

Three Floyds / Surly / Real Ale Blakkr Imperial Black Ale ---4/5.

 1,832 characters

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blakkr pours black with a nice lacing tan head. There is a very bold and prominent hoppy aroma, with hints of burntness. The taste is very strong, rich burnt malty flavors, with a nice bold hoppy flavors, and good hints of a sweet pineapples. Good bold flavors, nice feel, good aftertaste. Overall very good, the only knock is it may be just a tad too sweet.

 358 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

 569 characters

Photo of c2linguist
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer looks scary on the can. Looks scary in the glass. Looks scary from the 9.99% ABV... But tastes far less intimidating. Lightly sweet, touch of smoke, solid hops. All up a really good beer. Actually, the scary part of the taste is that you'd never believe the ABV was nearly that high.

The reason for the overall "meh" rating = cost. No one has mentioned that in the review. It's like "collaboration" means "we can charge a lot more." Grabbed it off a shelf at a my regular shop because I'd heard people talking about it, hit the register and was a little shocked when it got rung up. Figured, maybe there's a secret decoder ring inside...?

I'm sure they would say that the ingredients used cost more and that sticker price is what it takes to produce the beer and make a small profit. That's all fine and good and I'm happy I tried it, but I won't have it again... unless someone else is buying...

 909 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can shared by a kind soul at the Jack's Abby tap takeover at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This tastes basically exactly like the Three Floyds version.

Opaque dark black pour, ominous and threatening. One inch of tan foam, and lots of lacing down the glass.

Smells like burnt pine needles, roasted malt, huge citrus fruits, and other dank herbal aromas (hint, hint, marijuana)

Very charred and smoky taste to this Black IPA. Huge hoppy front end on this one, lots of citrus and pine, but finishes with a creamy roasty flavor, punctuated by by a crazy astringent bitterness.

Medium bodied, creamy but dry mouthfeel. Drinkable for the ABV, despite the bitterness.

They scorched the crap out of me with this one, it tasted quite good nonetheless.

 762 characters

Photo of cfrivera1
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Tracy's Saloon, Minneapolis - served in a snifter.

Never heard of it so I asked for a sample - indeed it was black and I expected it to be a stout-like beer or porter. But oh no - to my surprise it was perfectly sweet with just the right amount of bite. Not too heavy not too light; It was good - so, I ordered a snifter.

So after the third or fourth sip, I HAD to look it up online on my Phone and when I saw the ABV of 9.99% I could not believe it!! NO WAY this beer’s ABV is 9.99%!! I sure could not taste the alcohol, so it must be very well hidden. Anyway, very yummy stuff, and I did feel tipsy after one snifter - I'll be buying more of this...

 666 characters

Photo of Ri0
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 16oz can into snifter.

A - Deep dark coffee black with a 1 finger espresso colored head. Fades quickly into a thin ring and leaves behind spotty lacing.

S - A bitter morning coffee blend with roasty malts, caramel and some grapefruit. I pick up notes of cocoa and cream as well as some earthiness.

T - Big bitter coffee, roasted malts, and caramel. Notes of bitter grapefruit and earthy hops. I even notice some cocoa and cream flavor.

M - Nice mediun body with complimentary carbonation. Roasty, sweet, and bitter finish.

O - This hoppy black ale is delicious with a coffee and creaminess that is hopped up in a big way. Different from other hoppy black ales and damn good!

 690 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

 1,120 characters

Photo of reebtaerG
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had cask with simcoe and centennial 4oz pour at churchkey on 5/8/14

A-Pours a dark brownish black with light tan head. Good lacing.

S-Aromas of pine, caramel, citrus and smoke. This is awesome.

T-Tasting notes of roast, smoke, pine, citrus, caramel.

M-Medium body with a dry finish.

O-Overall oh my gosh this was an impressive black IPA so smooth love the cask

 366 characters

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black (surprise surprise) finger of deep tan head, nice lacing

Smell is, if you have had abrasive you know where the hop side of this is at, grapefruit, pine, orange, pineapple... Now the malt cocoa, coffee, black licorice, toffee, herbal note

Taste is heavy roasted malt, cocoa, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, kiwi, caramel, finishes with a bittering citrus

mouthfeel is nice and full, nice finish not to roasty or dry, great balance

Good beer, great cross between a Imperial Stout an a DIPA, one of the better ones I have had that is for sure.

 555 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

 421 characters

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Poured from a 16 oz can into a shaker pint. This was served chilled.

A) Deep brown... Nearly black... This had a small tan head. Really good retention, and plenty of lacing.

S) This beer has a fantastic piney aroma with a light amount of roast. Light citrus and tropical fruit stay in the background.

T) Very near the nose with the exception being just a hint of black licorice. Now I typically don't like black licorice, but this really works. Pleasantly bitter aftertaste. And my goodness, the ABV is so well hidden. I can't believe this is almost 10%.

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. Even with the bitterness this is really smooth. Semi-dry finish. Nice mouthfeel...

O) This is a really good brew... Right up there with Black Top from New Glarus as far as I'm concerned. Glad to recommend.

 854 characters

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a dark brown color. Light really struggles to worm it's way through this brew. Thinner, brown head.

S-Its plenty hoppy. I get a bunch of grass and citrus. The darker aspect of this beer matches the more heralded hoppy aromas. Dark malt, roast, a bit of char.

T-Starts off hoppy. I get a dried-out orange flavor with a good shake of pine and grass. Here, Surly's Blakkr is even more balanced by the rich, dark maltiness. Sweet chocolate and sugared coffee.

M-Bitter from both the dark roastiness and the hops. Body has plenty of texture to it. Softer carbonation.

O-I wasn't very impressed with this but I rarely am by Black IPAs. The flavors often conflict with one another on my palate.

Edit: tried another can and it was a much hoppier brew the second time. Not sure what happened to the first can butt his one is much, much better. Grade upped from a 3.66.

 876 characters

Photo of BeerDazed
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fellow GTOTM fan shared from his bomber and poured in a red solo cup, while waiting in line to purchase tix. I know...not the proper glass, but the only one available.
The deep black color looked exquisite against the white interior lining of said cup. All kidding aside, it looked fantastic. Nice brownish head too.
Taste was smooth, dark, delicious. Great hop flavor and roasty goodness.
Smell was dark roasted malt, chocolate, and licorice.
Mouthful not as heavy as a stout but definitely more on the fuller side.
Looking forward to drinking this out of a real glass, and maybe even on tap.
Superb offering of this particular style. Blakkr is Bawesome!

 655 characters

Photo of TheBeerDrinker
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out black as night with a very light brow, one-finger head with good retention and a little lacing.

Smell is fruity pineapple, orange, mango, with no bitterness and hard to get any grains out of the nose. Really smells like a citrus hop forward IIPA.

Taste follows the nose quite close with the citrus charactoristics but there is some dark malt, molasses, and maybe a tad but of chocolate. The taste is really close to Abrasive with a little darker edge to it.

Mouthfeel is spot on for what I would call a IIPA although this beer is not really billed as that.

Overall I REALLY like this beer as I love Abrasive and it has many of the same charactoristics. This is not usually a style I like but I really love it as it reminds me of Abrasive.

 752 characters

Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tricerahops for this one.

Poured from a 16oz can, canned on 02/17/14.

The pour is densely black with a strong 3 finger head. Aroma is ripe grapefruit mixed with a rich, roasted aroma, bit of chocolate also. Flavor and feel is smoother than expected, juicy hops that segues into creamy coffee. Goes from bitter to a creamy sweetness.

 344 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

 469 characters

Photo of paladinjoe
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First of all, I'm not understanding the low ratings I'm seeing on this one, this beer is AWESOME! I've only had two of what we call Black IPAs, and I love both of them! For some reason, this style isn't getting a whole lot of love.

In a lot of ways, this beer is very similar to Surly's Abrasive Ale, which is a 100 beer rated beer, hence, my lack of understanding for the low ratings. With all said, it's basically Abrasive Ale, with some roastiness to it, and a slight hint of stout qualities... just very very good. I know there's a Surly Overrated IPA, I'd call this Surly's UNDERrated IPA!

 595 characters

Blakkr from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.