drjay44 (3339) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2013 659 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, lasting, light beige head, with extensive lacing, over a clear (SRM 28) brown body....nose is pine grapefruit, light coffee, hints of chocolate......taste is light coffee, chocolate, light toffee/caramel, leading to a pine and grapefruit moderate bitterness.....mouth feel medium, carbonation medium. This nicely balanced BIPA meets the style. However both the malt and hop backbones are rather simple with minimal complexity. BJCP 7/3/12/4/7
Dogbrick (11169) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Seattle Taproom at the airport. Pours a rich dark brown color with a medium thick and fluffy tan head that diminishes slowly. Sticky top ring of lacing with spots underneath. Roasty malt and hops aroma. Medium body with flavors of toasted malt, floral hops and citrus. The finish is roasty with a lingering citrusy hops aftertaste. Above average overall.
RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle poured into a Shaker at 42°. Color is black with good carbonation and a tight light brown head. Aroma is soapy with spice hops. Flavor of hop spice, white pepper, lightly roasted malt and just a hint of citrus. After taste has a mild bitterness and more spice. Overall its not one of the better Black IPA’s I’ve tried but its still ok.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours espresso brown with a 2 finger, chunky mocha head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is roast, citrus, tree fruit, caramel, perfumy floral hops, artificial strawberry flavor and a light nuttiness. Flavor is nutty, light roast, toast, a hint of smoke, earthy malt, burnt sugar light fruity citrus and resinous hops. Finishes slightly bitter, chocolatey and piney. Palate is medium bodied, dry and slightly slick throughout and has a moderate strength, sharp carbonation. Good, not great. Definitely a good beer with a fairly wide variety of food, but not necessarily that good on it’s own.
Syzzer (633) - Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this Cascadian Dark Ale at Venti’s in Salem, OR. It is a decent CDA, black in color with faint head. Smooth with moderate mouthfeel. Good balance with possibly this CDA tipping toward malts than hops. Not the best CDA I have had (Deschutes, Full Sail) but still good.
humann_brewing (22) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought this was a well done dark bitter beer, lots of dark malt flavor (carafa) and a great mouth feel with pleasing bitterness
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap somewhere. Pours black with little head. Smell is mild hoppiness. Taste is slightly bitter, bit roasty, bit hoppy, floral. Drinkable. Nothing great.
bpreo (2459) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this is a tasty, obvious hybrid beer that combines the malt of a Porter with the hops of an IPA. This beer is amazing. Alaskan Brew Co. gets "mad props". Yo.
Ekinskofer (18) - - MAR 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour, not too thick. Head is one finger. Aroma is mild, grass hoppy. Medium mouth feel. Decent but not overpowering hops. More of a stout than ipa i think. Pretty decent brew.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured jet black with a tan head. Head did last throughout. Lacing left as beer went. Aroma was more of a stout then ipa. There was roasted malts galore with wood, milk chocolate and some hops. Flavor was rich and creamy. Milk chocolate and caramel. Finish had some hop bite to it not a lot. Still I did like this beer a lot.