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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
4.21 | pDev: 8.31%
Oct 02, 2020
Feb 15, 2014
Notes: 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.
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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

hail Blakkr. this brew was rad.

pitch black body with toasted cream head of foam and lacing for miles

coffee roasted malt with pine blast aroma

taste is roasted malt with doses of subtle sweet chocolate and dark stone fruit with coffee bean and earthy bitter pine hop

moderately high carbonation with medium body and a pleasant dry finish that lingers

an experience damnwell worth it.

Oct 02, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Reviewed from notes. Received in trade. The appearance had a two finger off-white foamy head that wants to die within a minute but for the most part, it lasts for a good two and a half minutes (wow, I like it). Lacing is thick and foamy and clinging all around. The smell had a nice bitter allocation of coffee to roasted malts, bitter and somewhat piney hops come in pretty powerful to invade my nose. The taste was bitter and sweet at separate times, I do get some chocolate and I do get some roasted coffee-ness. The aftertaste is nice and smooth through a nice coffee/chocolate flavoring. The finish is fairly quick and dry. On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body with a carbonation that is pretty good for the style and for me, nothing overly done but nothing subpar either. Overall, I say this is a pretty good American Black Ale well worthy of having again.

Jun 09, 2017
4 by tvenne from Minnesota on May 04, 2017
3.78 by atone315 from Wisconsin on Mar 14, 2017
4.31 by HawkeyeJosh from Arkansas on Feb 25, 2017
4.8 by TCOlson from Minnesota on Feb 21, 2017
4 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia on Jan 14, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2014 vintage; drank 5/25/14 on draft @ Sheffield's.

Brown/black hue.

Tan head; thick lace.

Coffee beans & orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate & orange citrus flavors; a good-not-great example of the black IPA style

Dec 19, 2016
3.71 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 06, 2016
4.5 by jjwisenheimer from Indiana on Nov 02, 2016
4.24 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on Oct 22, 2016
4.04 by Sappyjoker from Illinois on Oct 17, 2016
4.25 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Oct 15, 2016
4.04 by Commandophile from Illinois on Oct 10, 2016
4.27 by SixPack6 from Wisconsin on Sep 25, 2016
4.1 by puftdank from Illinois on Sep 22, 2016
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4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Slate black with a tan head and plenty of lacing. Smoky earth, piney hops, citrus peel, and roasted malt in the nose. Taste opens another level of citrus, especially grapefruit, in the hops, and caramel in the malt. Still plenty of coffee, earth, char, and piney hops. Feel has the roast malt with sneaky creaminess and the sharp hops, but it also boasts decent booze that only appear artfully as it warms. One of the better black ipas I have had

Sep 18, 2016
4.09 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Aug 27, 2016
3.75 by hansenm72 from Texas on Aug 03, 2016
4.02 by mmoriarty from Rhode Island on Jul 29, 2016
4.04 by jak from North Carolina on Jul 21, 2016
4.02 by Chrinst from Illinois on Jul 02, 2016
4.21 by TheLefty1616 from New York on Jul 02, 2016
4.25 by Narthax from Texas on Jun 23, 2016
4.48 by TWiz34 from Wisconsin on Jun 19, 2016
4.65 by cducap from Indiana on Jun 09, 2016
4.15 by craigbelly from Iowa on May 30, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by hendryxdp from Illinois

Super cool beer. Taste like a combination of Surley and Backmasking...which are 2 beers I would never imagine mixing. Being my first black IPA I would have to say that i like the style.

May 30, 2016
4.48 by 1Nrwyscotch from Wisconsin on May 30, 2016
4 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington on May 29, 2016
Photo of mpipe
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by mpipe from Minnesota

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer outside of the price point.

Appearance: Black with a thin tan head. Not a lot of head retention but nice lacing.

Aroma: A mix of pine and citrus with a slight hint of roasted dark chocolate.

Taste: Citrus, orange, caramel malt, light roasted coffee notes with pine and juicy citrus light bitterness on the back end. This really finishes nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. It feels lighter than it looks.

Overall: The flavors really work well together making this a great beer. It's not world-class like some of the other Surly offerings, but it's not far off. I will pick it up again however it's certainly not an every weekend type beer at the price.

May 25, 2016
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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by ONUMello from Ohio

16oz can dated 1/26/16 poured into a teku glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger head
S: Bitter. Citrus rinds. Cocoa/coffee. Pine. Tough to place the darkness and all the hops add but it's all there
T: Matches the nose. Quite bitter, mostly pine/citrus but with serious dark notes begind it. Dry coffee/cocoa notes along with some burnt chocolate malt. Again a bit tough to come up with desriptors but it's complex, hoppy and delicious
M: Medium-bodied, quite bitter
O: Whoda thunk Surly/FFF/Real Ale combined would create a hell of a good beer?! DUH! This is all that and a bag of chips

May 18, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Peepskp from Wisconsin

Had this at Surly beer hall. Carbonation is spot on, very good mouth feel. Not picking up much pineapple like surly said I would, but am enjoying the hop flavor and malty goodness coming together. Very good black ale. Would get again.

May 17, 2016
4.25 by kmoen from California on May 17, 2016
3.98 by booga73 from Michigan on May 16, 2016
4.16 by JeltMaaj from Illinois on May 14, 2016
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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 1 pint can canned on 26th January 2016 and poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: It poured a dark dark brown colour with an orange hue and a slightly less than one finger tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly but left nice lacing.

Aroma: A mix of piney and citrus orange hops and roasty dark chocolate.

Taste: Starts sweet-ish citrusy orange followed by caramel malt, light roast coffee and chocolate plus a hint of char before ending with a lasting pine and juicy citrus light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

Overall: A nicely balanced Black IPA that hides it’s high ABV well.

May 13, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by tillmac62 from South Carolina

COD 1/26/16. Pours black, as advertised. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding, and surprisingly fruity, nose of pine, dank, citrus (lime) and tropical (passion fruit) hops. Underneath is a mild sweetness that I can't identify when cold, but seems to be caramel as it warms.

Light medium body that has a rather slick texture. Superb carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a prickly finish.

The quite outstanding flavor profile is unique. It begins with a blend that quickly devolves into lime, dank and pine. The middle provides a succulent caramel based sweetness that arrives in wave fashion. Underneath is a layer from the dark malts that hints at bakers chocolate and a touch of char, but not roast per se. Fairly mild bitterness arrives mid-palate and is a combination of pine, dank and zest. As the bitterness fades, the sweetness arrives coupled with a note of passion fruit. The finish is a slow sweet fade that takes on a zest quality as it lingers with dank and pine playing around the edges.

May 12, 2016
4.21 by jason3125 from Vermont on May 10, 2016
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4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Black in color with no light penetration. There's an inch think densely packed brown head resting on top. Heavy lacing. I smell plenty of dark malt and piney hops. I taste plenty of dark black malt with notes of caramel, honey wheat bread, chocolate, and bitter piney hops. The mouth is chewy and resinous.

May 08, 2016
Blakkr from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1145 ratings