Blakkr - Surly Brewing Company
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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
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
16oz can purchased on a recent trip to Minneapolis.
A - Pours a dark brown/black, nice foamy beige head. Looks like a porter.
S - Green, leafy hops. Good, but not as prominent as I was expecting.
T - Strong bittering hops upfront, with a roasty, chocolaty finish.
M - Smooth, creamy almost. Bitterness doesn't linger. Nice.
O - Not bad at all. Black IPA's, Cascadaian Dark Ale's, whatever you want to call them, normally don't overly excite me, but this is a solid American Black Ale. The combo between IPA and Dark Ale works well, and neither component overpowers the other. Good, but not worth the price of admission ($19 a four pack? Ouch!).
Serving type: can
03-03-2014 00:57:55 | More by mrandypandy
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Very dark brown, good head.
Smell: Very strong pine aroma. Citrus and a hint of molasses show up later. Probably the strongest aroma in a beer I've had in 6 months.
Taste: Stream of thoughts time--hoppy, with roast underneath. Citrusy with molasses. Smoky notes. More hops. Finishes dry.
Overall: Lots and lots of hops, flavor and aroma. The strongest smelling beer I've had in a long time. I'm not a big black IPA/black ale/hoppy dark fan, but this tastes pretty good to me. I suppose the hops are just overwhelming everything.
Serving type: can
03-02-2014 22:39:47 | More by Mdog
4.74/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Canned on 2/17/14.
TL;DR: Picked this up expecting another decent Surly brew/collab. Was blown away.
Appearance: Poured into an Ikea oversized wine glass, whatever you call 'em. Very dark chocolatey color coming out, but black in the glass except for around the edges where it looks more brown. Not thick like a RIS; around the same thickness of a nice juicy DIPA. About an inch of fluffy head that receded over 5 minutes or so. Leaves great lacing on the glass if you drink it at a consistent rate.
Smell: Wonderful. Huge on the hops, with very loud tropical notes and a touch of pine. Loving the roasted malt and subtle chocolate overtones. I knew it was going to be good the second I got a whiff. I didn't take too much time to pick out every ingredient, because I was eager to get a sip as soon as possible.
Taste: BOOM. They nailed this. A nice bitter bite right off the bat, quickly followed by a punchy tropical hoppy explosion. The alcohol is very well concealed; if this wasn't such a big tasting beer, you could easily get yourself in trouble with this bad boy. The bitterness lingers from drink to drink, but as the hops fade away, a wonderful roasted chocolate taste settles in. It doesn't stay around for too long, but it adds a whole 'nother layer to the complexity. This is definitely not just another black ale/IPA. I won't claim to taste everything in the beer, but what I do taste is extremely pleasing to my palate. I'm a huge IPA/DIPA lover, and words cannot express how much I like the flavor profile of this brew.
Mouthfeel: Too good. I'm a fan of juicy/oily and dry IPAs alike, but this seems to combine the strengths of milky porter/stout with those of a moderately dry IPA. It doesn't dry out my tongue, but it doesn't leave it feeling like I just drank olive oil. It's unbelievably creamy, reminding me a lot of a milk stout, but everything else about this beer screams IPA. Just the right amount of carbonation - I can feel the bubbles tickling my tongue. It's smooth but not slick like a thick stout that sometimes make you feel like you're drinking motor oil. I won't go so far as to say refreshing, but it's definitely got a crispness to it that doesn't leave me feeling as full as after drinking a thick RIS.
Overall: I love this beer. I'm glad I bought 2 4-packs, because if I hadn't, I'd be running RIGHT NOW to go buy more before it's gone. The bite at the beginning followed by the tropical punch in the face characteristic of big IPAs was already enough to have my attention. But the roasted aftertaste with the chocolate undertones was like mixing an amazing stout with an amazing IPA, leaving you with the best of both worlds. The creamy mouthfeel is possibly the best part, and really helps to smooth out this otherwise huge brew.
This brew seems to be pretty widely available (for now), but I highly recommend it to anyone who likes IPAs. It's got everything characteristic of a great IPA, but throws in a few roasted notes to leave you with a wonderful rich flavor that makes you long for another sip. It's spendy, but very worth the asking price. I hope they brew this again, because it's WAY too good. Surly/Three Floyd's have done it again. Honorable mention to Real Ale, which I've never heard of, but if this brew is any indication of their quality, I'll have to keep an eye out.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to have another.
Serving type: can
03-02-2014 21:22:54 | More by yokken
Blakkr from Surly Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.