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Blakkr - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

665 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 45
Gots: 66 | FT: 4
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Buebie on 02-26-2014)
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beersdmf17

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-07-2014 20:31:04 | More by beersdmf17
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-07-2014 16:25:19 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Pug

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

03-07-2014 14:55:17 | More by Pug
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chanokokoro

Illinois

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
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aasher

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-07-2014 04:51:14 | More by aasher
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-07-2014 03:47:26 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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ThatsThatDude

New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-07-2014 03:41:24 | More by ThatsThatDude
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-07-2014 03:28:48 | More by MNBeerGeek
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BullBearHawk

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-07-2014 02:15:01 | More by BullBearHawk
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Nebraska

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-07-2014 01:34:03 | More by BeersAndBears
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Fusebuddy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-06-2014 13:38:17 | More by Fusebuddy
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xdtfx

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-06-2014 05:06:54 | More by xdtfx
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SamAdams327

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-06-2014 03:42:41 | More by SamAdams327
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jeff96gt

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-06-2014 00:35:01 | More by jeff96gt
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RMelyon

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-06-2014 00:01:36 | More by RMelyon
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alpenglocken

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-05-2014 22:53:20 | More by alpenglocken
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CTJman

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-05-2014 22:45:49 | More by CTJman
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tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-05-2014 19:53:00 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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Kevin_Young

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-05-2014 19:52:27 | More by Kevin_Young
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shawlaqua

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-05-2014 18:14:54 | More by shawlaqua
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hopswap1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-05-2014 04:17:37 | More by hopswap1
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dwabell

Minnesota

4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
black
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.

Smell:
marshmallow
malt
tart fruit
red berry
hint of coffee
alcohol
molasses
fig
hop spice (the fifth of the girls)
hints of citrus
pineapple

Taste:
tart on the front end
subtle fruit

not as much fruit as the nose suggests in the middle
molasses
nougat
bittersweet chocolate
black licorice

long finish
ice coffee
toast
juicy hops
hazelnut
orange juice acidity finish

Mouthfeel:
tingly from the get-go
sharp
perfect carbonation

medium bodied
lightly resinous
tannic/sticky

airy, porous finish
dry

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
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maximum12

Minnesota

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
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drdiesel9483

Ohio

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-05-2014 02:18:43 | More by drdiesel9483
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PopnLoads

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-04-2014 17:45:44 | More by PopnLoads
Blakkr from Surly Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.