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Blakkr - Surly Brewing Company

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807 Ratings

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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 66
Gots: 99 | 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:
Beer added by: stvanderwoude on 02-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Originally had this on tap at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes and was surprised with how much I liked it as black IPA's are usually not my thing. Bit the bullet and picked up a four pack for $18 or whatevert it was and I am glad I did. There are some beers worth the extra cash and this is one of them.

A-Dark black with a light brown creamy head.

S-Really a great hop laden aroma....tons of citrus with oranges, tangerines and tropical fruits bursting out of the glass....my glass is two feet away from me and I can still smell its aroma drifting towards me.

T-Until now this seemed like an IPA but the "black" part comes in on the taste. I expected it to be very hop forward and while the hops still do shine also entering into the fray are flavors of dark chocolate, light molasses, and roasty malts....the blend is dazzling

M-A bit syruppy....expected the hops to provide a bit more balance on this end of things but the hop strengths seem to be in the aroma and flavor with not much of a tight dryness on the finish.

O-This is really special. I may buy one more four-pack of this before I am done.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and a bit thick with a mocha colored head of creamy foam that fell fast but tried to leave lace. It has a nose that is bursting with tropical fruit and some orange citrus. Floral hops , a bit of pine, and not to be outdone a terrific roasty malt. The malt has a bit of dark sweet chocolate on it and this beer smells like something wonderful. Taste is fabulous. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and it travels the palate somewhat slowly but to it's advantage. It shows off a dry roasted malt that is a touch bitter and has a bit of chocolate on it. It's soft to the palate and creamy. The fruits are tremendous. Tropical like pineapple and mango then orangey and also a touch of tart grapefruit. The hops give a bit of pine. The beer finishes creamy, sticky and with a wonderful bitter that lasts and allows a bit of caramel and all that fruit to linger in the aftertaste with just a hint of the chocolate left to really make you tear up a bit.


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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one was canned exactly 3 weeks ago.

An aggressive center pour from the 16oz. can into a tulip glass produces a strong, dense foamy head. It slowly subsides to a light coating on top and a lovely lace along the sides of the glass. This beer is blacker than most. No light shines through this brew.

The aroma is not extremely strong and is mostly pine and citrus with a little bit of roast coffee or dark chocolate hiding in the shadows. As it warms, the smell seems to grow a bit with some pineapple showing up as well.

The taste is rather amazing. A hoppy, bitter bite right up front quickly followed by dark chocolate, maybe some strong coffee and then finishing with a lingering piney dryness. I want to keep going back for another drink. The alcohol is hidden, buried deep in the inky depths.

The mouthfeel is about right with a hint of creaminess and even a touch of sweet stickiness. The carbonation is just right.

Overall, an excellent beer. This one runs deep.

A little pricey? Perhaps. I paid $18.99 for the 4-pack.

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Blakkr from Surly Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 807 ratings.