Surly Blakkr is an American Black Ale/IPA that is a collaboration with Three Floyds and Real Ale. This is the Black Ale everyone is trying (and usually failing) to make! Perfect black color with an impressive foamy head. Smells like a combo of citrus, pine and roasted malts. A blast of citrus hits my palate first and my mouth is very happy. A nice creaminess is complimented by some good pine hoppiness in the middle of the taste. The finish brings a good, but not overwhelming amount of roasted malts, hop bitterness and notes of coffee. This beer manages to avoid the astringent harshness that so many Black Ales and IPA’s suffer from. One of, if not the best, Black Ale/IPA I’ve had so far, huge thanks to Eric for finding room for this in the trade box!