Blakkr | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.99%

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.

Added by stvanderwoude on 02-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,144
Reviews:
147
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
8.33%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
190
For Trade:
9
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1.65/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I fee like this may have been infected. terrible taste, I've had in the past and it was not this bad - at least that I can remember.

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2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of conoraugustine
2.75/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Torey
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of deadliest
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of NinjaPenguin
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of andilane
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of MCano
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of bayern1987
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of qazeqaz
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.04/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Canned 3/30, so maybe this is a case of the hops falling apart in less than 3 months? A malty mess

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Photo of Jeffo
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can of this from Digita a while back. Thanks dude!

From a 16oz can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a one finger, looser, foamy, off-white head with good retention. Head fades to a foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass with a huge stream of carbonation up the middle. Clear dark brown body. Nothing special here. Too much carbonation and the looser head isn't all that impressive either.

SMELL: Hops and more hops. Pine, melon and lots of grapefruit on the nose. Nice hop profile, but nothing black about the nose.

TASTE: Lots of hops again. Pine and melon notes, with lots of bitter grapefruit at the swallow. Big and lingering aftertaste of more grapefruit and piney bitterness, grassy hops, and just a faint hint of roasted malt. Very light. Mostly a hop bomb with very little black to be found.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Slightly creamy on the nose, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A bit of bitterness lingers on the palate.

OVERALL: A good hop bomb for sure, but it's all IPA. There was really no need to make this beer dark brown, as any kind of roasted or chocolate flavors that would be produced by these dark grains were not allowed to come out and play anyways. The trick with a hoppy black ale is to hop it up, but show just the right amount of restraint so the character of the dark grains can play a role in the flavor profile as well. That didn't happen here. Might as well just make a regular hop bomb DPA and call it Ornggr. A good beer that we enjoyed, but not representative of the style.

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3.12/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of jminch
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of brians52
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Helgy
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dfhhead25
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Probably a bit past its prime

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Photo of tdmccarthy
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of B-Town
3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ob1wan
3.32/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Just not a fan of the taste for this one.

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Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Another from garymuchow. 16oz can poured into 10oz goblet. Pours a solid black color, with just a thin cap of tan head that dissipated quickly, and had very low lacing.

WHOA! Holy licorice bomb! As the glass neared my olfactory opening, a huge blast of licorice assaulted me. Underneath, there was a light grain scent, soft hops, and a lot of licorice. On the tongue, there was licorice. Lots and lots of licorice. Some low malts showed through, and a medium level of hoppiness was apparent. Did I mention that this brew tastes like licorice? Because it does.

The body was light-medium, and had a crisp, dry finish. Drinkability is going to depend on how much one likes licorice. It's not my favorite, so my enjoyment level wasn't premium. YMMV. Overall, a pretty nice beer that a lot of folks will love. I wasn't one of them, but I appreciate the chance to have tried it.

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3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. bottle tried as part of a blind beer tasting with the Better Beer Authority (BBA), canned on 2/21/14, poured into a large snifter glass and tasted over an hour.

A - 2/3 - dark brown coloration, low clarity letting very little light through (cannot see through), initial tannish white head that settles into a 1/2 finger lacing that persisted throughout the drinking; large alcohol legs; moderate-to-high carbonation that reagitates on the swirl

S: 8/12 - low-to-moderate pine/resiny aroma with some background citrus fruit; some roasted malts peek through; no alcohol presence on the nose (especially impressive for 9.99% ABV)

T: 14/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a mild bitterness that pops the taste buds for some classic PW hop flavors - again, pine and sticky resins with some background citrus characters; in the middle of the mouth, the roasted malts with more muted biscuity character starts to arise; little-to-no alcohol detectable; finishes dry

M: 3/5 - some hop oils coating the tongue, alcohols provide fullness and balance; moderate carbonation pushes the envelope

O: 6/10 - I was really looking forward to this one after reading/hearing that this is a hybrid of Abrasive and Darkness; however, in both the blind format and after the reveal, I called this "disappointing"; the citrus aroma/flavors are huge in Abrasive and the chocolate/coffee character is exceptionally complex in Darkness - unfortunately; this doesn't live up to either beer; regardless, thanks to Andrew Lewandowski for a sought-after beer from one of my favorite breweries!

TOTAL - 33/50

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Photo of Mattress00
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Holding a flashlight behind it doesn't break through this very dark beer. The foamy tan head leaves a nice lacing effect behind on the glass.

S: Strong dank, earthy, piney aroma with a smidgen of citrus. Some roastiness comes through.

T: Dankness dominates initial taste followed by a combination of green, earthy, hoppy taste quickly surrounded by some bitterness. There is a balance of bitterness there but it's overwhelmed by the earthy dankness and roastiness.

F: Because it's a very dark beer much like a stout, a full mouthfeel is anticipated but it immediately reminds me that this is an IPA with it's crispy carbonation and bitterness on the tongue.

O: While I really admire Black IPAs for blending the roastiness and color with the bitterness/hoppiness of an IPA, this balance is often contradictory. This beer makes it more complicated as it adds a huge earthy hoppy aroma/flavor aspect to what I expect to be a more West Coast IPA style (I don't know why because these are all Midwest breweries). While a very tasty 16 ounces of goodness is found in this can, if you like earthy dank IPAs and strong, roasty stouts then this IPA will cause you an added joy. For those looking for a traditional Cascadian Dark Ale, you will be disappointed. Still a good beer but nothing I would spend more than $10 a 4-pack for.

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