Real Ale/Surly/Three Floyds Blakkr

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by jera1350, Dec 16, 2013.

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  1. BeerGoogler

    BeerGoogler Initiate (38) Jan 23, 2014 Minnesota

    I had that same message reiterated to me last night. Still not certain on timing, but Pentagram should be released relatively soon. They've been running that single-barrel Pentagram in the taproom for a little while now, and it is very different and very good.
  2. BeerGoogler

    BeerGoogler Initiate (38) Jan 23, 2014 Minnesota

    ...and this is the cool thing about opinions and our individual taste's. I get Abrasive on the nose, but the beer is its own beast, and a beast it is. I'm happy that I have both (Abrasive and Blakkr), and I have no issue with paying a buck or two more for some Blakkr. None of us see colors the same, hear tones the same, or taste things the same.

    Hooray for variety and experimentation! ...and the copious amounts of money that we all seem to have to try all of this awesomesauce.
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  3. pdoran10

    pdoran10 Disciple (331) Jun 30, 2009 Minnesota

    We just got word that they are brewing more batches so we should see more shipments in the coming weeks.
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  4. McRyan

    McRyan Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2012 Minnesota

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  5. JMN44

    JMN44 Aspirant (230) Sep 19, 2013 Minnesota
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    That is not surprising considering how well Blakkr is selling at around $18 a 4 pack. I wonder if Surly could make Blakkr a seasonal for a month a year or if their agreement with FFF & Real Ale is it must be a one time deal only.
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  6. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (606) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Would be cool if they could purchase the "rights" to the recipe and continue to brew it in the future?
  7. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Disciple (362) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado
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    Anyone wanna trade a 4 pack for 2 bombers of Blakkr from FFF?
  8. sean_mpls

    sean_mpls Initiate (174) Sep 11, 2012 Minnesota
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    More than 1 batch? Impossible! :wink:
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  9. Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky

    Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky Aspirant (279) Feb 13, 2013 Minnesota
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    Aaaah, I see what you did there...
  10. wogman56

    wogman56 Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2014 Iowa

    Got 4 four packs yesterday up in the Twin Cities along with some Edmund Fitzgerald. Can't wait to try it out!
  11. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (3,083) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    I prefer Indeed Haywire. As others have said, Blakkr is a darker Abrasive. Good but not what I am looking for in a black ale.
  12. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,732) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    OK ... but what are you looking for ?
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  13. HoistinBrews

    HoistinBrews Devotee (492) Mar 26, 2011 Minnesota

    This is exactly what I'm looking for in a black ale/black IPA!
    And honestly, I just don't get the 'darker Abrasive' comparison. IMO, this is a very unique beer in Surly's lineup. I understand that it is probably being said to be a great compliment as Abrasive is the king of the hill. If that's how one feels, so be it. But I think that's selling both beers short.
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  14. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (3,083) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    An extension of thought from my review. Just not enough black in the aroma and flavor from Blakkr. The body is unbelievable however. I do not taste anything unique in this beer.
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  15. PieOhMy

    PieOhMy Devotee (419) Feb 23, 2013 Minnesota

    Agreed. I liked it but I wasn't getting any Abrasiveness from it. Frankly everything about Abrasive mixed with dark roasted malts just sounds f-ing gross. Not a good combo.
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  16. HoistinBrews

    HoistinBrews Devotee (492) Mar 26, 2011 Minnesota

    I like your review for Blakkr, pretty comprehensive and you give a great take on what you expect from a black ale/black IPA. I personally don't like that much roast in my bIPA/BAs. I love da hops! I'd grab a fresh Expedition if I wanted roasty-toasty and hop explosion. But that's not to style.
    It's all so confusing..
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  17. Seefeldt

    Seefeldt Initiate (48) May 15, 2008 Minnesota

    I'm willing to trade my two additional four packs, this beer let me down.

    Edit: okay halfway through I regret the above statement. It's my birfday forget about it!
    #177 Seefeldt, Mar 1, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2014
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  18. 3_floyds_local_13

    3_floyds_local_13 Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2014 Indiana
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    It was different. Still a fun enjoyable beer. I like that it was released in 3 different markets and was packaged different in each one. Not quite a beer I'd drink over and over.
  19. SwinginParty

    SwinginParty Initiate (178) Jan 22, 2014 Minnesota

    Still tons of this at Ale Jail in St Paul, and a dollar cheaper than Abrasive.
  20. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2011 Minnesota
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    Anyone here in the Roch see any? I checked Hy-Vee and Andy's crossroads had none
  21. aliving1

    aliving1 Aspirant (273) Aug 3, 2011 Minnesota

    It was supposed to hit Schott on Friday, so I bet it would be with their next delivery. I ended up going to the Cities Saturday and got some.
  22. billhelm

    billhelm Aspirant (255) Feb 9, 2011 Minnesota
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    Byerlys in SLP still had at least a couple of flats of it last night if you're still looking in west metro
  23. Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky

    Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky Aspirant (279) Feb 13, 2013 Minnesota
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    Can confirm. They had quite a few left as of an hour ago. Their new wing dedicated to beer is pretty cool too.
  24. InfraRen

    InfraRen Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2013 Minnesota

    Had my Blakkr over the weekend. Wasn't as good as I was hoping for. Others have said it's sort of an Abrasive+ but I actually like Abrasive better. Didn't hate it, but didn't love it either.
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  25. shadetree67

    shadetree67 Disciple (389) Sep 11, 2013 Minnesota
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    Didn't care for Blakkr. I typically like this style too
  26. TheBeerDrinker

    TheBeerDrinker Initiate (0) Jan 29, 2014 Minnesota

    Anybody know where/if Blakkr is in stock anywhere still. I took a trip to Florida the day before it was released. Got to try the 3 Floyds version at Huna Day but my pallet was dead by then.
  27. pandera

    pandera Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2011 Minnesota

    Perrier/Ramaley Liquors on Grand near Dale has a bunch of it. First Grand Liquors might have some left as well.
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  28. Seefeldt

    Seefeldt Initiate (48) May 15, 2008 Minnesota

    It's also in Rochester and I saw it at Blue Max on Friday.
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  29. HoudiniRN

    HoudiniRN Aspirant (258) Feb 28, 2014 Minnesota
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    Yep still at Blue Max as of today...
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  30. TheBeerDrinker

    TheBeerDrinker Initiate (0) Jan 29, 2014 Minnesota

    Thanks for the info. I was able to get some at Perrier on Grand. He mentioned that he was told he would likely get another shipment so maybe they will be distributing more. I obviously can't confirm that but it was his understanding.
  31. MCImes

    MCImes Disciple (353) Dec 31, 2010 Connecticut

    (I forget its name) but the fridley liquor store off university and 694 (dare I say Fridley Liquor) has a whole shalf in the cooler of it...probably cause its 19.99...
  32. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Zealot (567) Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota
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    Correct - Fridley Liquor
    They keep a lot under lock & key there.
    I did see a Darkness there for $20 a couple of weeks ago though.
    Left it for somebody else.
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  33. Douggo

    Douggo Initiate (97) Oct 24, 2009 Minnesota

    Because science, I sampled (finished) a bottle of Haywire tonight. It could be the alcohol talking, but I think I prefer the Haywire because it tastes like one really good beer, while Blakkr seems like a mix of two good beers.
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  34. SipIt

    SipIt Aspirant (237) Jul 18, 2013 Minnesota
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    I can see that. I wouldn't complain if my glass was filled with either.
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  35. LakeridgeLiquor

    LakeridgeLiquor Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2010 Minnesota

    We were lucky enough to get a second small ration of Blakkr on 3/7 (Vadnais Hts location). We still have a few 4-packs left if anyone is still hunting it down. Cheers!
  36. lawsob

    lawsob Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2014 Texas

    I'm sitting here in San Antonio (just down SR-281 from Blanco) sipping some Blakkr. Well I'm on my second can. I'll trust my senses. This is really a fine effort.
  37. WallyHop

    WallyHop Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2013 Kentucky

    It's always good to drink the beer before writing it off as crappy and sounding like a jackass
  38. dinovis

    dinovis Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2013 Minnesota

    This beer is awesome. Not your normal black ale. You are doing yourself an injustice by not trying it. The fresher, the better.
  39. Stimulus199

    Stimulus199 Initiate (185) Dec 11, 2013 Minnesota
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    I sincerely thought this was going to be a limited release/one-off beer, which at least partially justified the ~$17-19 price point.

    The fact that this is so widely available makes me wonder how long they think they can maintain sales at that price.

    Given the bevy of other, better options for less, I don't think I'll be plunking down any more cash on this one.
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  40. MCImes

    MCImes Disciple (353) Dec 31, 2010 Connecticut

    Actually ive come full circle. After drinking 2 4 packs, im back to having no love for black IPA's. It was really good on tap at surly which prompted me to write my retraction, but the cans didnt flip my cookie.

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