Blakkr | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Did a side by side with the 3 Floyds version

Appearance - Rich dark black. Very thin head with lacing that leaves quickly.

Smell - Bitter hoppiness and chocolately malts balanced well.

Taste - Charred cocoa with some subtle hops thrown in there as well. I like the balance though. Quite a bit boozier than the 3 Floyds version

Mouthfeel - hops come though in the end of this one

Overall - good beer and I enjoyed it more than the 3 Floyds bottled version.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I loved Blakkr last year from Surly... I would have called it my favorite black IPA. This year, not the same story. This first can seems strange. Its either the hops or yeast, I can't put my finger on it. Almost a strange Belgium yeast taste this year.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rich and flavorful! This is my second out of the four pack from the Surly release. It gets better with every can! The smell, taste, and overall appearance in the glass is great! For an Imperial high in alcohol this beer is well balanced and full bodied at the same time. Never had anything from Real Ale and I am guessing the love of metal music is why the collaboration happened.

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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.

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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.

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Blakkr from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,144 ratings