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3 Floyds / Surly / Real Ale Blakkr - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds / Surly / Real Ale Blakkr3 Floyds / Surly / Real Ale Blakkr

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92
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472 Ratings
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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 26
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AMG55 on 03-24-2014

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 22oz bottled 3 Floyds version, brewed in collaboration with Three Floyds / Surly / Real Ale.
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Ratings: 472 | Reviews: 40
Photo of cdiddy5
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

So thick for a bipa almost like blot out the sun with more flavor

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Very dark brown. 95% opaque. Frothy cappuccino 2 finger head. Nice lacing around the glass.

S. Big chocolaty malts coming through. Caramel and toffee. Almost a peanut butter aroma.

T. Taste follows the nose. Roasted malts and coffee. Some toffee like presence. Almost taste like the malt you put in shakes to make a "malt". Grassy aftertaste.

M. Medium bodied. Quite carbonated. Slight dry aftertaste.

O. A very different beer. Being a black IPA although a different one it seems to pull notes from porter as well. Deep malt like a porter and carbonation like an IPA. Flavor is decent. Mouthfeel is different for the "style". Overall a decent collaboration.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For this purposes of this review, I'm including my side-by-side notes for both the Three Floyds and Surly Blakkr iterations: half a twenty-two-ounce bomber in a Junkyard sixteen-ounce tulip, and half a sixteen-ounce can in a twelve-ounce Florida Beer IPA tulip.

Immediately, the Three Floyds smells a lot maltier, more chocolatey and burnt-toffee, and pours with a much more robust, bubbling, khaki-colored head. The Surly, meanwhile, boasts some authentically-detectable hop elements on the nose—a pleasant olfactory pulse for a beer as black as this (or, these two, more appropriately). Indeed, the more you snuff, the more the Surly measures: pine notes, some pretty intense citrus, surrounded with merely a hint of dark sugars and earthy petrichor.

The Surly is surprisingly dry, too, with light hop-candy notes and a pleasant hop-fused tartness that floats along the mellow, rich, smoldering-malt smoothness. In a lot of ways, the Surly is what I might have expected from the Three Floyds.

The Three Floyds, on the other hand, is much stouter: where the Surly is sort of a Black IPA suprême, the iteration from Munster, IN, leans much more heavily towards the “hoppy stout” spectrum. It's thicker; it expresses its abv much more strongly in the nose, especially, as well the flavor-profile; it billows with much more head, and lingers with much more substantial lacing; and its more deeply rich in its malt assertion. Cacao-forward, toffee'd, slightly smokey (almost ashy, in fact), and more bitter-hoppy than anything else, this is still a very good beer—clean for its heft, well-bodied and -balanced, and hoppy, if more narrowly so than the Surly—it nevertheless just feels less successful than the version of this collaboration brewed up in Minnesota.

Even though I do like Surly a lot, the results of this comparison were a definite shock to me—and it really forces one to consider more than just local elements (equipment; water), but the very substantial effect the bottling-vessel has on a beer, particularly as it ages. Indeed, I had Surley's effort on draught in Rochester, MN, but I think it's honestly better from its sixteen-ounce can. Moreover, the particular importance of pairings also further crystallize for me through this direct comparison, since I remember feeling more more positively about the Three Floyds version when I was drinking it off the tap at Owen & Engine, expertly poured alongside elk loin seared in brioche-ash and grains-of-paradise to bring out the strengths of 3F's offering.

So, it's certainly a good reminder: when a brew is delicate, and full of very deliberate effort, the smallest perturbations can truly create very different end-products.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review from March 22, 2014, just moving it to the correct place as I previously had the review posted under the Surly brewed version listing.

22 ounce bottle, bottled on date of 02/14/14. Served in a Great Lakes goblet, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head. The head stays around a long time, and there's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like pine and citrusy hops, roasted malt, and some bittersweet chocolate. It tastes like pine and citrusy (grapefruit, mango, light tropical fruit) hops, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, burnt/charred malt and some coffee. Great mix of hops and bitter roastiness! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I'd say this is one of the best Black Ales I've had, I'd like to buy another bottle or 2 of this. $11.99 a bomber.

Photo of Kraj30
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good. but not close to worth the money they want for it.

Photo of mabermud
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The body is a deep brown and the head is mocha colored. The head appears creamy and is extremely persistent. Aroma = sweet-hoppy-malt. I don't know if my taste buds are weireded out, or if this bottle has been sitting in my reefer too long. I'm in different to the taste. I had high hopes, but I may have sabotaged the tasting by drinking an outstanding fresh hop and an Old Raspy on tap at the bar before having this. The feel of this beer in my mouth is fairly nice. Overall, I'm a little bit disappointed, but understand everything is askew because I didn't come into the game with a fresh palate or a fresh bottle. This is a strong beer!

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Review taken from notes: late spring 2014.

Brown FFF style bomber with pretty cool label art. Black with a three headed monster sitting in a field of red flames. Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A - pitch black in color with a huge dark tan to brown khaki head that after awhile settles into a clumpy ring of lace leaving superb stick.

S - big tropical fruit aromas up front of guava and pineapple. Resinous pine notes come on strong afterwards and the aroma is surprisingly dank given its color.
Rich dark malts balance the aroma with big black coffee, black bread, toffee, and a hint of darker fruits. Roasted chocolate lay the backbone to Blakkr's aroma.

T - more giant tropical fruit notes with a resinous pine coming just behind. Pineapple, dark fruits, dank pine give way to some real roastiness of dark malt, bitter black chocolates, black coffee with a mixture of bitter chocolate/roasted coffee and a smooth semi sweet toffee notes in the finish.

M - full bodied and a near perfect texture. It feels like a stout and looks like one too, but the impressive stuff inside this bottle was indeed on the black dipa end of things. Sticky coating mouthfeel and just ridiculously drinkable. A bit of alcohol as it warms but only adds to its intense flavors.

O - maybe one of the best Collabs I've had.. Though for me this is more FFF in style than anything. They didn't disappoint. Blakkr in the FFF bottling is some top shelf stuff. I'd buy it again without thinking twice.

Photo of screamking
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours black with a thick mocha head. already the roasted notes are coming out. digging a little deeper the citrus starts coming out, slight orange and lemon. the taste is jacked full of roasted coffee, chocolate and a hint of orange. 3floyds really nailed this one, it is well above their average fair and a bit different then the things they normally put out.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very nice and clear black that is nearly impenetrable to light. the head is a nice thick and lively tan color that settles leaving consistent and great lacing down the glass slowly, but not too slow.

The nose is complex with with smoky malt notes, a tinge f bourbon and alcohol with subtle, subdued fruity notes. I also detect hints of basil, nutmeg, camphor, coffee and bread.

The taste is nice bitter experience and is definitely a real ale. The hops are nice and bitter with a pleasant smokey malt bed with strong notes of alcohol, coffee, chocolate, vanilla all under a nice blanket of hoppy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is just right for this one and is not to watery nor too heavy. this delivers the taste experience over the whole palate.

Overall this is a great beer and is in the exceptional category. I highly recommend it and will be buying more.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Twenty-two ounce bottle shared by Sasha - thanks.

A: Pours deep black with a relatively thin (1/4") mocha head which fades to the rim and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Roast, citrusy, dark chocolate, sweetish malts.

T: Plenty of roasted and toasted grains/malts, hoppy citrus and piney notes, bitter coffee.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes roasty and dry.

O: An interesting blend and well balanced.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Doing a side by side with Blakkr made @ Surly

Appearance - very bland compared to the Surly version. dark black, but not much head or lacing at all.

Smell - I get a lot more malts out of this compared to the surly, but nothing over the top

Taste - A lot more sweet and malt on this one

Mouth - ends quite dry.

Overall - I really liked the Surly one better

Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, dated 2/14/14, poured into a Three Floyds Red-Orange Becker glass. Originally posted under the Surly entry by mistake, now under the correct entry. Reviewed March 5, 2014.

The beer pours a jet black color, soft hues of cola brown around the edges of the glass, but the beer has such a massive texture, even just looking at it in the glass, appears much a beer would straight from a nitro tap, and the head reflects that as well. Super thick, foamy and creamy, a touch over 2 fingers high, that has nice retention and leaves a fair amount of sticky lace behind. The aroma is quite hoppy, bitter pine, a bit of tangy grapefruit and citrus, but dominantly coniferous and resinous, a nice roast character is present, strong malted grain, a touch of chocolate and hints of coffee that come from the roast. It's bold, big and in your face, quite enticing. The flavors are spot on from the nose, super bitter, piney and earthy with a bit of tangy citrus, but quickly overridden with roasted malt, toasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate. It's aggressive and quite the experience on the palate, tasking at times, but yet, I found myself nearly done with the bomber in about 45 minutes. The body is crisp, very carbonated, astringently so, and lets down the beer a bit, for how rich and creamy it appeared, it's quite the prickly mess on the tongue. The finish is dry, kicking and leaves a lot of cottonmouth feel behind.

Verdict: A really nice BIPA from FFF and co. Not a surprise considering the quality of the collaborators, especially surly, that this would take no prisoners and push the limits of a hoppy beer. I really enjoyed the flavors and the drinkability but wish the body was softer and a bit easier.

Photo of guityler83
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dense three finger head, fine bubbles with a light mocha color. The foam receded quickly but it was so tall it took a while. When it rested, it left a honey comb style lacing on the edge of the snifter glass and a slim layer on top. The opaque beer is black with only a slight dark brown color coming through around the top edge.

S: Bright and spicy hop character, pine and subtle grapefruit. Light toasty and roast characteristic from the malt. Clean overall.

T: Moderate to strong spicey pine bitterness (chinook?) that flows consistently to the end. There are also some grapefruit and orange peel flavors in the hop department. A moderate milk chocolate and charred roastey character with toast and pie crust. The aftertaste leaves a mix of pine and chocolate. The balance is on the hop (75/25).

M: A creamy mouthfeel with higher levels of carbonation. Medium bodied and a somewhat crisp finish. No astringency

O: The creamy chocolate flavors really make this different then a lot of other IBA's I've had. The piney spicey bitterness keeps it in the IPA level. Still not a fan of the style.. why do I keep getting them then.. But 3Floyd's is figuring out how to make it more enjoyable..

Photo of Halfbrother83
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of khaki head that remains with good retention.

S - Big hops reminiscent of Alpha King up front, charred malt, even a little bit of bacon on the back end.

T - Roasted malts and chocolate, some deep earthiness, bitter hops towards the end.

M - Light-ish body, medium carb, sticky with a bitterness that lingers on the palate.

O - This is indeed a strange, yet drinkable beer. The combination of the flavors is a bit odd, and at the end, Blakkr really feels like a beer with an identity crisis: a stout that wants to be a pale ale. A fun experiment, but not one for repeating.

Photo of Brenden
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, big, creamy solid brown head settles and holds at one finger's height without moving. It rests there on top of a brew that's black as the darkest night. Little to no highlights show when held up directly to the light. The lacing clings strongly, the tattered sheet breaking after reaching the glass's halfway point, from which it continues with pretty strong patching and thick spotting down to the bottom.
Give the aroma some time to develop its complexities or it'll be a pretty one-dimensional balance of roast and pine, but instantly it hits the nostrils hard; the strength of this beer could be intimidating. There's citrus there as well, maybe some smoky cocoa in with the malts.
It really develops on the tongue, and the flavor just about explodes. It has the same combination of huge roast and massive hops but with a sweetness just getting in and easing the onslaught of hops bitterness. Cocoa, maybe a bit of tropical fruits, and something just a little creamy offer superb balance for such a hoppy beast. The roast gives up notes of charcoal briquettes on the finish.
Crispness nips on the tongue, but softly. The medium body finds the right median for the style. A drying aspect to the roast comes into the middle and finishes out. Overall, it's pretty smooth as well.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 3.19.14
Bottled 02/14/14

A - Pours a very dark brown with a creamy dark tan head with good retention.

S - Lots of hoppy pine and citrus.

T - Hoppy up front, then roasted chocolate malt, thena beef jerky - smoke finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Nice hops. I didn't love the fake smoke finish.

Photo of MV_CHI-NS
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Bistre/umber body with a fallow/coffee head; reminds me of 'In the Name of Suffering'.

Aroma: Deep floral notes, pine, dark hops, and a hint of deep roasted malt.

Taste: Glorious; the deep roasted malts come through, along with a soul-crushing earthiness, dark hops, and surprisingly, a caramel/chocolate undertone.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, with a slightly dry and sticky finish.

Overall: Black IPAs are my favorite of the IPA styles, and Blakkr does not disappoint - a truly outstanding beer.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This surly can tastes a lot fresher and hoppier than the 3floyds bottle I got. Nice dark roastyness from the grain bill, lots f pine and grapefruit from the hops. Aroma is mostly hops. Medium in body with medium carbonation. A very tasty beer, probably the best collaboration ale I've gotten to try per the years. Hope this is a yearly thing, would love to get more next year!

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature teku glass, bottled on 2/14/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, cocoa, roast, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of big citrus/tropical hops and moderate roasted malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately sticky, and fairly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial black IPA. All around great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Fully opaque black in color. Forms a large, very stable, dark tan colored head. Excellent retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Strong aroma consists of both heavily charred malts and lots of grapefruit and pine hops. Unfortunately there is a lot of alcohol in the mix as well.

T: Taste is anything but subtle. Lots of blackened malts. Char, smoke, and burnt malts. Then there are the hops. Bitter grapefruit and pine and lots of them. Alcoholic finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Fairly bitter - seemingly a combination of burnt malt bitterness and hoppy bitterness. Medium carbonation. Dry to the point of astringency. Alcoholic.

O: Well, this beer is like a punch to the face. What is there is potent and pungent and there is no hiding anything. That said, the beer tastes almost burnt and is quite alcoholic. Along with the big bitterness, it can be a bit much.

Photo of Atlas1
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First of all, it's incredible that we even get this beer here in Texas, where Three Floyds and Surly are rare sightings. Thank you Real Ale, for collaborating on this.

Pours a dark black color. Not Dark Lord black, mind, you, but black enough. Tan head with decent lace. The nose is strong, bitter coffee, faint chocolate. Nutty and earthy. The taste is delicious. Deep and layered, there are notes of coffee, chocolate, faint vanilla, tree bark, oats and nuts. Maybe a hint of dark cherry. Nice hoppy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is firm.

I really like this beer. Not just because it's a great collaborative effort by some of my favorite breweries (although that is part of it), but because it's a damn fine beer. Kind of a silly can design and name, like most of Three Floyds stuff, but who cares 'cause it's mighty fine. More of this, please.

Photo of rangerred
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours pitch black with a one finger dark tan head. Average head retention but very good lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma of strong pine along with flowers combined with heavy roast and char. The pine and earth is stronger than the roast but it all is married together quite nicely.

The flavor strikes a wonderful balance between piny/earthy hops and roasted malt along with caramel. Pine is the dominating flavor but there is an extremely solid malt backbone and I love the roasted notes and touches of coffee and dark chocolate. High bitterness throughout along with a full mouthfeel. Finish is a bit sticky but the alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall, I really love this style of beer and this is one of the better examples I have had. Excellent body and the hops are incredible. I was very lucky to be able to score a bottle of this when I was in Cincinnati visiting family. I wish it was something I could get again.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely black, tan-brown head that had plenty of staying power and left good lacing.

Aroma and taste are excellent. Roasty and hoppy flavors blend nicely, somewhat reminiscent of a CDA but certainly believable as a black ale too.

It's bold and flavor-forward, and won't disappoint. I recall seeing it in an email from a buddy of mine who works at a big liquor store, and thinking I need to try this.

Definitely. Awesome. Beer.

Photo of Stevedore
2.23/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

22oz bottle of the FFF version of the collaboration. Thanks Randy. Poured into a Surly goblet today, 3/4/2014.

App- pitch black, fairly viscous, two finger mocha head with good retention and lacing. Looks like a regular stout.

Smell- lots of citrus hops, roast malts and... Bacon? What the hell is this?

Flavor- up front, grapefruit and passion fruit with a nice roasty malt character supplemented by some milk chocolate sweetness. If it stopped at this point this is a good black IPA. Alas, the last half of this beer is salty bacon. Super weird, not bad but really weird.

Mouthfeel- nice full bodied brew, nice carbonation and that's about it. Finish is... gross.

Overall- this is different but not in a good way.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Kenny Road Market in Columbus, OH and shared at the Ithaca Luminous release.

Opaque dark black pour, ominous and threatening. One inch of tan foam, and lots of lacing down the glass.

Smells like burnt pine needles, roasted malt, huge citrus fruits, and other dank herbal aromas (hint, hint, marijuana)

Very charred and smoky taste to this Black IPA. Huge hoppy front end on this one, lots of citrus and pine, but finishes with a creamy roasty flavor, punctuated by by a crazy astringent bitterness.

Medium bodied, creamy but dry mouthfeel. Drinkable for the ABV, despite the bitterness.

They scorched the crap out of me with this one, it tasted quite good nonetheless.

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3 Floyds / Surly / Real Ale Blakkr from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.