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Blakkr - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

654 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 45
Gots: 67 | 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:
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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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a Goose Island tulip. Big citrusy hop notes hit me the moment I opened the can. The pour is very dark and nearly black, but shows a hazy mahogany color when held to a light source. It sports 2 fingers of fine tan head and retains very well for the ABV. As mentioned, the nose has a massive hop character that's dripping with notes of oranges, pineapples, lemon, pine trees, and a hint of coffee.

The beer has a medium body and a hop-forward character with just enough roastiness to remind you this is not an Imperial IPA. Big grapefruit and lemon flavors hit you up front, supported by a nice bready malty foundation. Underneath it all is that roast, which would seem much more prominent if the beer weren't so hoppy. At mid-palate the grapefruit recedes, but the lemon remains and greets the espresso-like roastiness, creating a nice marriage of flavors. The roastiness intensifies towards the back of the palate and threatens to become porter-like, but the lemon stays with it and both flavors linger nicely on the finish. Very appetizing and enjoyable. No trace of booziness at all. At first observation, the feel seems a bit thin, but as one drinks the beer I find that the feel seems to complement the flavor just right.

Just when I think I'm justified in staying away from Black IPAs, this one comes along and sparks my interest. Excellent beer. I hope the brewers make it again. Anyone fond of espresso and lemon should try this.

Serving type: can

06-19-2014 22:14:12 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Qbdoo

Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2014 00:12:44 | More by Qbdoo
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-18-2014 23:43:06 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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Mark97

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.2%

06-18-2014 03:25:08 | More by Mark97
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Yehoshuatirado


5/5  rDev +18.2%

06-18-2014 03:17:51 | More by Yehoshuatirado
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Mike10860

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

06-17-2014 23:39:45 | More by Mike10860
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-17-2014 07:04:03 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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Cory-WC

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-17-2014 05:56:26 | More by Cory-WC
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ryalda

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-16-2014 23:45:02 | More by ryalda
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CrummyLuke

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-16-2014 21:44:41 | More by CrummyLuke
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Dag48

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-16-2014 21:44:03 | More by Dag48
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phlogiston

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-16-2014 20:35:56 | More by phlogiston
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JerseyHopHead

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-16-2014 04:20:32 | More by JerseyHopHead
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sleuthdog

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

06-16-2014 02:16:00 | More by sleuthdog
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sgn4779

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-15-2014 23:56:59 | More by sgn4779
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-15-2014 03:52:16 | More by cbutova
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EdFed

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-15-2014 03:25:46 | More by EdFed
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Dolfan907

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-14-2014 03:40:21 | More by Dolfan907
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john_m_martin

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-13-2014 22:25:58 | More by john_m_martin
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-13-2014 20:55:15 | More by bostonryan
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NappyB

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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mtpHokie

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-13-2014 03:13:10 | More by mtpHokie
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-13-2014 02:19:44 | More by jacksonhole72
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

06-13-2014 00:00:59 | More by DrGonzoDDS
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jrhottle

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

06-12-2014 22:21:04 | More by jrhottle
Blakkr from Surly Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.