Blakkr - Surly Brewing Company
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4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly Brewing Company Darkness branded snifter
Pours nearly pitch black capped by an off white one and half finger head. Average retention, fairly significant splotchy lacing. Light wisps of citrus, hints of espresso and roast, touches of burnt chocolate malt, and perhaps even a bit of toffee on the nose. Opens with light caramel notes and light cocoa powder. Tropical fruit accents join in including pineapple and mango. Caramel and toffee accented maltiness is joined by bold passionfruit. Transitions into bitter citrus rind which give way to espresso-tinged bitterness and clean alcohol. Well carbonated, lighter to average medium body that is smooth with a touch of creaminess here and there. One of the better brews in the style. Having enjoyed Three Floyds version previously, I actually prefer Surly's version just a bit more.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 05:17:50 | More by chanokokoro
4.59/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
impenetrable at center-glass
crimson-brown around the edges
off-white toasted-marshmallow head
nice lacing from head on glass
Maybe it's a stretch, but the outer edges of the glass somewhat resemble the color-scheme of the can at each respective base. Good head structure with a quarter-inch thick line present from start to finish in a Spiegelau IPA glass.
hint of coffee
hop spice (the fifth of the girls)
hints of citrus
tart on the front end
not as much fruit as the nose suggests in the middle
orange juice acidity finish
tingly from the get-go
airy, porous finish
Overall, a hypnotic collaborative from three heavily-hyped breweries. Love the can art. Love the tart fruit on the front end. Love the complexity and long, steady finish that dissipates into a wine-like dry-roast acidity. The aftertaste is the lingering aftermath of a rich brunch washed down by the last sip of orange juice (mixed 50/50 with Cava?). Blakkr is the best Black IPA I've tasted to the date of this review. I feel bettr about the future of this hybrid category after having drank this beer.
Serving type: can
03-05-2014 03:36:40 | More by dwabell
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Big, over-da-top metal 16 oz. can of Blakkr. Never been fond of Real Ale, am hit or miss with 3F, but hey, here in MN, in Surly We Trust. Four pack up. One down. Strapping in. Or on.
Pour is certainly blakk with moderate carbonation. The nose, oh good sheep ass, the nose is right off the charts bizarre. How many hop fields went into this one can? Pine, citrus, & a blast of earthiness riff on an IPA, with only a light roast underneath. Unique.
Blakkr doesn't rip the taste like it did the aroma. It enters the mouth like a standard, if amped up, version of a black ale. The hops are definitely up front, especially as it warms. The nose translates into a taste of fresh-tapped pine sap with a healthy slash of bitterness up front. Malts in the middle lend roast, distant chocolate, & a lending hand of alcohol to help you sleep. Bitterness reasserts on the finish, which ends a bit muddled, as many black ales tend to do. Not tough to drink.
When I popped the top I was wondering if Blakkr would be revelatory or disappointing, & at the Final Countdown, it was neither. I do really like the hoppy twist on the style; a very good beer.
Serving type: can
03-05-2014 02:21:33 | More by maximum12
Blakkr from Surly Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.