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

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, 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 22oz bottled 3 Floyds version, brewed in collaboration with Three Floyds / Surly / Real Ale.

Added by AMG55 on 03-24-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Usually if Raul saw a thee headed dragon coming at him he would run the other way. But Blakkr? Nah, he'd chill with it.

Thang has that roast game on like an outdoor BBQ, and it's mixed ok enough with those IPA elements.

As a whole, it's not bad, but it's also not exactly good. Like that Kardashian/Jenner experiment, Kylette (or whatever her name is) Raul wouldn't turn it down, but he's not exactly stoked.

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Photo of BB1313
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2/14/14. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a fluffy khaki head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and retention. Smells great. The aromas have a nice blend of citrus and tropical goodness. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple. Some orange zest in the mix. Slightly roasty. There's some subtle chocolate aromas, but the chocolate notes are much more present in the flavors. It has that typical Three Floyds aroma that you find in alot of their hoppy beers. Tastes very good. The hops really shine. Lots of citrus. More orange and grapefruit. Some fresh pine needles. Some black pepper. There's a very subtle spiciness to it. Cocoa malts are there. There's a nice roastiness going on. Alcohol is well hidden and it's dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied and simply smooth. There's moderate carbonation and it's slightly velvety. Good stuff.

This is a great collaboration. It's up there with some of the best Black IPAs out there. They really nailed it. It ultimately feels like an amped up/imperial version of Alpha Klaus. Well crafted.

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy cappuccino head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving a sheet of lacing.

Resin, pine, and floral notes dominate, with a hint of citrus character adding complexity. Roast malt is subtle.

Chocolate dominates the initial flavor, with resin mixed with muted grapefruit taking over mid palate, accompanied by deeply roasted malt. Tropical fruit notes emerge in subsequent sips. The finish is roasty and hop bitter.

Body is on the light side, with moderate carbonation and significant alcohol heat.

Strange combination of flavors. I love the hop profile, and the chocolate is yummy, but I just don't care for the finish. The roast is a little too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The hallmark of "black IPA" is that of hop-dominance that allows the bitterness of perhaps cocoa, toast and coffee to accelerate the overall perception of the beer. But then when we have "imperial IPA" we have a sweeter balance to hops that brewers attempt to overcome with hop aroma and flavor. So, can the collaborative efforts of Three Floyds, Surly and Real Ale brewing companies pull off an Imperial Black IPA?

Its rich and mocha-stained appearance is nothing like IPA. It's not pale at all- its murky, dark and despite. As the ale's light cascade settles, a creamy off-white froth amounts on top. Long in its blanketed retention, the ale laces with broken rings, defining each sip.

The bouquet of citrus and tropical fruit caress the nose with blood orange, passion fruit, red grapefruit, nectarine and pineapple. Its amazing scent in in strict juxtaposition to the beer's ominously dark appearance. A deeper dive in reveals coffee, chocolate and dry toast.

Its flavor acts somewhat in reverse as the beer's short and over-cooked caramel sweetness eases in- leading to nutty coffee, bitter cocoa, charred toast; yet little of the sweetness that's expected from accompanying malt. Instead, the middle opens with the pithy and pulpy taste from vibrant red grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, lemon and passion fruit. As the hops turn from plump to dry, its leafy, chivy and cannabis taste links up with the char of grain for an elevated bitterness that neither hops nor roast can achieve on their own.

Creamy to start, its malty-dry start slowly sheds its sweetness and trends drier, toastier and deeply resinous as sticky hops cling to the tongue like pine sap- leading to a toasty-dry finish with lingering cocoa bittering. The effect of 10% alcohol is seldom felt or tasted- a deceptive little brew.

Its really hard to create an IPA to outlast the flavor of dark grain in the same way that standard American IPA does with their more tame malt profiles. But the resilient nature of Three Floyds, Surly and Real Ale has done just that- creating a dark flavored beer that still dominates with hop brilliance!

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Jet black. Nice dark brown head with good lace.

Smell: OK, I tried like hell to pick up a stout type aroma, but all I can smell is hops. Actually, this smells like Alpha King.

Taste: Big hops up front, looks nothing like it tastes. I am getting some of the stout malty backbone on the tail end. Interesting.

Moithfeel: Quite bitter. Actually a bit harsh. Mild alcohol presence is felt.

Overall: Nothing bad going on here. Just a bit of a weird flavor combo. Basically tastes like someone mixed a stout with Alpha King.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds Brewing Company branded teku glass

Pours darn near opaque black capped by a light tan two finger fluffy head. Great retention with plenty of lacing. Big citrus notes, grapefruit, passionfruit, and light cocoa powder on the nose. Bitter citrus notes again including grapefruit, passionfruit, light roasted malt midpalate. Bakers chocolate transitioning to medium roastiness combined with a dry hop-induced bitterness. Medium-bodied, hints of velvet on the palate, moderate carbonation. A very solid brew, especially for the style. I certainly wouldn't turn down another.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is dark cola brown with a fairly tight caramel head and a good bit of lacing. Nose is light dark malt taken over by resin and citrus hop. Taste has a bit more malt, fairly rich roasted malts and hints of dark chocolate. Strong citrus and resinous hops in back with virtually no unwanted bitterness. Body is smooth and well carbonated. Extremely well balanced and well put together. This black IPA is the easiest to drink I've had.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Imperial black ipa. I drank this originally on tap at 3 Floyd's and loved it so much that I got a bomber. This beer is brewed by real ale, surly, and 3 Floyd's brewing co. I'm reviewing it now out of a bomber poured into a sniffer.
Look - dark as night just like they say.
Smell - very hoppy and malty smell. Smells like a ipa and stout mixed together.
Taste - just like it smells it taste like a stout mixed with a double ipa, very hoppy and malty.
Feel - good carbonation and slight thick.
Overall - fantastic beer. This one is a perfect mixture of malts and hops. Best black imperial ipa I've had!

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Photo of koutkid41
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Really strong black, no light gets through, none of that dark amber color you get when you can see light through it. Strong thick foamy head that sticks around and parties a bit, beautiful cream color.

S: Has that signature house aroma of Three Floyds. Follows is nice roast and piney hops, not really any citrus in this one and I think it's for the best.

T: Upfront a nice bitter roast/dark chocolate, that follows through with really nice pine.

M: Decent amount of carbonation. A little sweet but smooth overall.

O: This was really nice beer, love the play between the roast/chocolate with nice piney hop bite.

Just tried the the Surly version (5/2) and has more of a Citrus pinch in the aroma and flavor and really like this one a little better.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from IPAFan521 (thanks Justin!). Bottle date is a little smeared but appears to be 2/11/14. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours near black, cola brown with a two and a half finger pillow of sandy tan head. Lingers. Nice lace.

The aroma balances the hops and malts well with pine, roast malt, citrus and burnt sugar.

A roasty, bitter bomb. Pine sap, charred wood, grapefruit peel, roasted malt, bitter cocoa, burnt sugar, smoked black pepper, caramel, floral hops and a little tickle of alcohol. Hoppy and roasty in the ways a black ale should be.

Body is on the heavy side of medium and the carbonation is quite peppy. A little oily and a hont of cooling alcohol on the palate. Finish lingers with bitter citrus rind dancing amongst charred malt.

One of the better black ales I've had and also a top notch collaboration. Worth tracking down if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of bschinelli
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you like Imperial Black's, stop what you're doing and go find this beer. Now. I'm mean right now.

I've had this in bottle and draft (and I'm now drinking it from a can), and quite frankly, this recipe can define the style. Best collaboration I've ever had.

Taste for yourself.

Get the beer.

You've been told.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from an impromptu box sent by Jaycase (fantastic BA). This is the last bottle from the box, bottled 2/14/14. Poured from the bottle into a Hoppin' Frog snifter. Time to dig in!

A- Blakkity-blakk. Literally no light getting through here. Great two fingers of light-brown head. The head has great retention. It's been a couple minutes since the pour and there's still a finger of head, and what has dissipate has left heft lacing on the glass. For those of who are slaves to good appearances, this is the beer for you.

S- Roast and piney hops dominate this one. There's definitely a sweetness on the nose, too. Like some burnt sugar. Perhaps some dark chocolate. But, without a doubt, the hops and roast are unabashedly front-and-center.

T- Whoa, boy. This is delicious. Up front, there is hop bitterness and roast. Then the faint burnt sugar and dark chocolate show up mid-palate quite briefly. Then, roast on the back end as you swallow, coupled with a bit of baker's chocolate. I was not expecting this kind of complexity. Granted, it isn't the most complex beer I've had, but I'm pleasantly surprised. There are some great flavors dancing around in this one.

M- Decent amount of carbonation. Enough to give me the burpsies, but pretty smooth considering how much roast and hops are in this beer. Pretty nice.

O- I was not expecting to like this beer too much. Don't know what it's like super fresh, but I'm wondering if a month and a half was enough time for hops to fade, allowing other flavors to play into the mix. Great collaboration... And I say this having not enjoyed too many collaborations. They're typically disappointing. I highly recommend this beer. Great for the style!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Blakk in the glass. But a clear amber around the edges and while pouring. One finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, earthy hops as well.

T-Starts with nice roasted malt with chocolate and slight coffee. Ends with nice bitterness with the hops coming through.

M-Medium bodied, rather creamy, nice carbonation as well.

O-A good beer, one of the better Black IPAs out there.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods. Served in my Alchemist glass.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a thick cap and sheets of lace. This is a legitimately 'black IPA' - the color is just a shade off-black, and it's opaque.

S - Hoppy, with some roast and cocoa, and light notes of smoke and anise. Hops are a mix of citrus, tropical, and perhaps a hint of floral character as well. Pretty nice mix of hops and darker malt flavors, without being harsh

T - Taste is pretty similar, with a bit more char and smoke than I tend to like from this style. A hint of nutty astringency, but fairly restrained hop bitterness, although it grows over time. Alcohol is really well-hidden; never would have guessed 10%.

M - Medium body, slightly roasty texture, some residual hop oils, perhaps a hit of warming alcohol. Pleasant carbonation; soft and creamy.

D - The flavor is a bit fatiguing with the bitterness, astringency, and charry flavors growing over the course of the bomber. Still - I had no problem putting down 22oz over the course of a few hours. I'm very wary of this style, but this is a good one.

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Photo of kennyk3232
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth, great mouthfeel. Nice late hop taste. Overall, excellent beer. Love Surly and Three Floyds. Would love to see future collaborations from this group. Would like to try side by side with Chicago version. Good head, great color and aroma. Awesome can too!!!

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