fidelis83 (1954) - 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 (590) - 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 (1399) - 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 (1615) - 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 (14) - - 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.
BVery (6283) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark pour - nearly pitch black - with a smaller frothy off-white head. Nose is roasted malts with a bit of grassy hops. Medium palate. Taste is a really nice balance of the roasted malts and earthy hops - easy drinker, interesting, and enjoyable. Very nice representation of the style.
jgb9348 (4737) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark brown body with a cola coloured bottom when held up to the light and a thinnish, one centimetre tall deep tan or light brown head. Aroma of burnt nuts, toffee, raisins and a faint amount of light hops. Medium-bodied; Assertive toffee and roasted malt flavour at first with a lot of different nut flavours soon behind. Aftertaste shows some grassy and herbal notes, a ton of nuts and some lighter hop flavours, but not too strong. Overall, More of an overhopped porter, but even that might be a tough sell. Deeper than an amber or brown ale with a tad more hops, but truly in the middle between either of these and a ’true’ black ipa, which is too bad - I was frankly expecting more. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Tustin, Calfornia on 03-February-2012 for US$1.49 sampled at home in Washington on 16-March-2012.
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark brownish almost black pour with nice khaki-tan head, slight brown on the edges but nice looking. Aroma has notes of nice caramel, roasted coffee and chocolate malts, some slight pine and grassy notes, touch of slight roast. Taste is a mix of some slight astringent bitter hop with pine and grass, nice roasted and bitter malts with a touch of caramel into coffee notes, finishing fairly bitter. Dug this one, pretty nice and balanced and fares on the side of more of the bitter malt, which I like better in this style.