Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beer Review: Surly Brewing Blakkr Imperial Black Ale

: American Black Ale
ABV: 9.99% (get it? 666 upside down whoooaaa!)

Fun Fact About the Brewery:

All right, only took me nearly 5 months to do another post. And hey, it's another Surly beer! My midwestern connection (hi in-laws!) comes through yet again, this time with a collaboration beer between Surly (MN), 3 Floyds (IL), and Real Ale (TX). Apparently all 3 breweries each canned or bottled their own versions of this beer. Now of course with a name like Blakkr and a brewery like Surly with their affinity for devilish imagery, they went full heavy metal with a very hellish can design.

So Beer Advocate calls it an American Black Ale and Surly calls it a black IPA on the can. To me, it's definitely hoppy enough to fall under the black IPA category and it is a fantastic one at that. Tons of dark malt, heavy and grainy mouthfeel, and a strong alcohol presence brings it all together for a big punch in the taste buds. Yet another stellar beer from Surly. Big thanks to Jim picking this up and to Nora for bringing it out to Seattle!

Rating: 4.5/5

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