Blakkr | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.99%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is the 12oz canned Real Ale version.

Added by kjkinsey on 03-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 234
Photo of ta_hagen
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Favorite black-IPA hands down... Taste is dominated by the bitter cocoa and hoppy grapefruit and orange taste.
There is some roasted grain and sweetness that comes through. Blakkr is a medium body, oily texture and carbonation is pretty low. The alcohol is hidden well for a 9.99% beer. Overall, this is one fantastic offering of a rare black-IPA, very trade-able.

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Photo of MinnBrewer
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A classic Surly beer. Hopped the same as Furious, but it's a stout! I think the high hop bitterness with so much roasted bitterness is a bit much, but I like it well enough.

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Photo of dar482
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%

Despite being 6-7 months old, this held up very well.

On the aroma, roasted malt, lots of earthy, piney, and dank qualities.

On the flavor, a medium sweet chocolate roasted malt flavor. Then onto lots of earthy pine, a punch of green dank marijuana, with a medium plus bitterness. Oxidation had hit, but the hop flavors and robust malt body get this beer alive. Despite not what the brewers probably wanted out of the beer, it held up very well.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev 0%

Reviewed from notes. Twelve ounce can shared by either Andrew or Sasha - thanks.

A: Pours black with a 1/2-inch thick tan head which fades to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

N: Citrusy grapefruit, roasted malts, grain.

T: Well balanced mix of citrusy hops and dark roasted malts, caramel, mild dark chocolate.

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

O: Another mind bender as what the eye sees sure is not what you might think this tastes like. Enjoyed.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%

Dark black, brown head. Flowers and pine nose, chocolate too. Intense bitterness, and milk chocolate and roast. Full bodied.

Several months old, but couldn't help snagging a can in Houston. It really is still an enjoyable beer. More stout-like with a heavy-handed hop presence. Still worth a try and better as an aged beer than the Surly counterpart.

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Photo of mothman
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Real ale version of this beer. 12 oz can.

1 finger of creamy tan head. Color is black. Lots of lace left.

Flavor profile: A lot of caramel malts and chocolate. Hop resiny juiciness. Grapefruit and orange. Dark fruits. Molasses. Raisins. Piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, bitter, roasted. Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, very similar, if not identical to the surly version. Hoppy, lightly roasted, and dark.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 ounce can into a teku.

A- Big, frothy, dark-khaki-colored head with large carbonation bubbles. Body is pitchblack and thus obviously opaque. The head is very persistent and leaves streaks of lace everywhere.

S- Spicy hops and a rye-like aroma. Dark roasted malts and a hint of dark chocolate are just beneath the heavier hop aromas. Something like burnt toast is present too.

T- A thick, deep coffee and dark chocolate flavor stand out up front. A combination of piney hops and orange juice citrus then work their way into the picture. There are many dimensions to this flavor, as I'm getting some sweet malt and caramel and a flavor that reminds me of an orange chocolate cordial. A burnt caramel flavor melds with the citrus on the finish and sits there.

M-Has a slightly spicy feel to it. Medium-body. Some sweetness and grapefruit rind bitterness that lingers. Light to mid carbonation, but drinks with a heavy viscosity.

This is a damn good Black IPA. Right up there with the best in style.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, thanks to Ben for extraing me this.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a nice head.

At about 3 months old, the aroma is dominated by anise and dark cocoa. Very little hop aroma coming through.

Taste is also dominated by the bitter cocoa and anise. A nice hop bitterness kicks in on the midpalate and carries through the finish. The flavors really work well together.

Mouthfeel is great, thick and chewy.

Overall, this was a great surprise. Tastes like a very hoppy imperial stout rather than a double black IPA. Actually reminds me of Founders Imperial Stout. I'd love for this to become a recurring seasonal.

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Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A vociferous tan head settles for a few atop a dark brown brew.

The smell of pungent, musty hops strike deep behind enemy lines, obliterating all that stand in their way.

Tastes rich with more earthy bitterness, a hint of pine, smallish chocolates and yeast.

A slayer of an American Black Ale that makes for a paradoxically enjoyable ass-whooping.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark brown to black color with a nice tan head and decent lacing

S-dark malt, molasses, citrus, pine, slightly smoky

T-dark roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, light molasses, hint of char, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and alcohol well-integrated for the high ABV of this beer

O-tasty black ale, not exactly a session ale, but tasty nonetheless

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Photo of HardTarget
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Yep, it's black. Shows some tan edges with back light, doesn't hold a cover, the head drops to a halo of lace that leaves some lace.

Smell: Hops come through, west coast and citric. Slightly leafy hops, which some roasted grain and sweetness.

Taste: Pretty much like it smells, heavy hop presence, the roasted grain gives some depth, but the hop bitterness is almost overpowering. A bit of sweetness in the front, but it's quickly curb stomped.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, oily texture, carbonation is pretty low.

Overall: A big black IPA. They threw ingredients at the problem, but I guess they had more hops than grain. A bit top heavy, could use some more base grains to bring everything into some sort of balance, but I don't think that's what they were going for.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into Branchline chalice.

A - Pours a thick black with 3 fingers of dark khaki head. A .5 cm head is retained throughout the time I've been drinking this.

S - Nice aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops, with some caramel and roast on the back end.

T - Much the same as the nose, I get a lot of bitter grapefruit hops, caramel, roasted barley, and some citrus sweetness. The caramel and roast work well to balance the bitterness.

M - Moderate-to-thick body with moderate carbonation. It drinks smoothly and creamily, with a little bit of sticky and resinous mouthfeel and a great lingering roasty aftertaste.

O - RABC, FFF, and Surly hit the nail on the head with this. This is an outstanding black IPA, all of the flavors coming together in a great combination with nothing overpowering. The alcohol is hidden well. Great collaboration.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a half inch tan head that dissipates into plenty of lacing on the glass. A very interesting beer to say the least. The nose and taste starts of fruity and hoppy like an IPA and finishes with roasted malts. Very drinkable, medium bodied, and smooth. Not really bitter or sticky. A very nice collaboration brew and huge thanks to @jdotswizz for this one.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black pour with a tan two-finger head. Big citrusy aroma. Roasted malt and heavy citrus bitterness upfront. Medium body is loaded with lots of citrus and mild grapefruit flavors. Finishes hoppy and dry.

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Photo of tpgraham
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have had a few of these and wanted to go ahead and give it a proper, albeit brief, review. I feel like outside of Stone's 15th Anniversary Ale, nobody has really gotten this style right. I guess it took a collaboration of three great breweries to get it right.

A - Pours from the can a dark, opaque brown with minimal head. What head there is dissipates quickly. So far so good.

S - Roasted malt and piney, citrusy hops.

T - Really follows the nose well. Almost comes across as a mashup of a Porter and a Double IPA. Very balanced between the two. This is where most breweries go astray with the style, leaning to heavily towards the hops or the roasted malt/barly. Very enjoyable. Dangerous in that the high ABV does not come across at all.

M - Nice medium body. Finsishes very well with a nice mixture of roasty bitterness.

O - As I said, this is one of the better representations of the style. I highly recommend picking it up if you have access to it wherever Surly, Three Floyds or Real Ale is distributed.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a nice shade of black with a large, captivating tan head. Much lacing and retention. rejoice.

Nose is hops galore - fruity and citric with a deep malty base. smells very similar to Sublimely Self-Righteous.

Taste is wonderfully hoppy with a lighter malt backdrop. Mouthfeel is near-perfect, leaning thin and comes together well for a black IPA. Not too malty and the hops lean more towards flavoring than bittering. Smooth and easy, a well concocted collaboration for once. I had a feeling Surly, 3Floyds and Real Ale could get this right.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz aluminum can with appealing label acquired at my local H-E-B grocery and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given Surly and 3 Floyds' involvement. Reviewed as a black ale because the label clearly identifies it as such. Canned 03/10/14.

Served cold - at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of khaki colour. Good creaminess. Nice thickness. Decent frothiness. Head retention is good for the high ABV - about 4 minutes. Nice even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dark cola/brown-black. Nontransparent. Nontranslucent - except for a bit of translucence about the edges of the glass. No floating yeast particles or hop sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's a pretty standard appearance for a black ale. I'm looking forward to the first sip, but there's nothing unique or special about it.

Sm: Has some nice roasted barley presence, as well as cream and dark malts. Hopwise, it's got pleasant pine needle notes as well as floral and citrusy character (mainly in the form of grapefruit zest). Spruce. Grassy and herbal. It's more estery than anticipated. I do pick up some light cotton candy/bubblegum notes - which I'm rarely fond of in (black) IPAs. Seems a bit sweet for a black ale.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't pick up on any off notes.

It's an inoffensive aroma of average strength. I've experienced far better aromas in beers of this style.

T: Mild roasted barley. Cream. Harsh dark malts. A kiss of licorice (which I personally despise).

Hops: Pine and spruce. Floral notes. Bubblegum. Cotton candy.

Strangely sweet, with almost a root beer/herbal cola vibe to it. As with most black ales, the malts and the hops conflict rather than cooperate. This is not a balanced brew, nor is it a cohesive one.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Above average flavour intensity. Lacks subtlety, intricacy, nuance, and complexity. I'm not really liking it.

This is a big disappointment given the breweries involved.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Nicely creamy. Smooth and wet. Lightly biting. Overbearing. Too filling. Has too much thickness and body. Too heavy on the palate. Unrefreshing. Could be softer and more approachable.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

This texture is not a good complement to this beer's taste.

Dr: I hoped for the best given the pedigree of the breweries involved (or at least, 2 of the breweries involved), but I found this pretty underwhelming. Just fundamentally imbalanced, and strangely herbal. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, and I won't be buying it again. This one should remain a one-off. Drinkable for the high ABV, but nothing to write home about. Doesn't hold a candle to the best black ale I've had. Very average.


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Photo of goochpunch
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a hazy dark brown, almost black, with red highlights. Smells chocolaty, with lots of earthy, herbal, grassy hops. Taste is very sweet, with lots of chocolate malt. Lots of fruity esters, as well; almost like gummy candy in its flavor. Solid, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, compared to what is going on with the flavor, and considering the alcoholic heft. Overall, this is decent, but nothing to go crazy about.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is sinister black.

Right off the bat you get a very nice citrus aroma with some malt sweetness in the background.

The first thing I notice on the taste is a porter like roastiness and semi-sweet malt flavors that are fantastic. Then, here come the pine and citrus hops that really bring everything in check.

The mouthfeel starts out creamy with moderate carbonation. The finish is very nice with a lingering semi-sweet citrus flavor.

Overall, this is one fantastic offering from Real Ale. The balance of flavors on this beer is fantastic. Nothing is dominating as it all really works well together.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into tulip

A- Nice tan head, the beer is black and no light shines through

S- As soon as the tab is popped, a mighty, nuggety and resin hop aroma stings your nostrils. This is very floral.

T- Resin and hop oils dominate, while the roasted character is very submissive.

M- Nothing shabby, feels slightly stickier than what I anticipated.

O- To me, this felt more like a DIPA than an imperial black IPA. I did not detect the roasted qualities of the malt, which I thought was strange. I mean, it's you have a deep black beer, and there is hardly any roasted character. Don't quite know how they did that. Very floral beer, which I found to be one of its best qualities.

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Photo of Robb_in_Austin
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aggressively poured into a pint glass. This was recently (last 7-10 days) in Austin and was purchased this AM.

A- Pours inky black, nice thick oatmeal colored head. Initially settled like a draft Guinness. When held up to a light it's a nice deep copper-brown color. Leaves a nice lacing.

S- Typical grapefruit aromas. I think I get some roasted malt/coffee like notes. For 90 IBU and 9% it is very restrained.

T- My initial thought was "I'm underwhelmed". But it grew on me. Some sweet, malty notes and faint roasted flavor. Fair hop bitterness. Again the alcohol and IBUs are hiding.

M- Best part to me. Nice body, some sweet stickiness. Leaves an almost stout like coating.

O- good but not great. I'm not sure what I expected other than 'more'. I'd like more hop bite and roasted malt notes.

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Blakkr from Real Ale Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 234 ratings.
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