jsquire (3738) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Humpy’s in Anchorage. Black beer with ruby tints when held against the light. Very sticky beige head and a nice citrus hop nose. Malty beer with some toast and roasted grain flavors. Lots of grapefruit rind and citrus hops. Very nice beer.
adnielsen (10070) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. I enjoyed the Double Black IPA version that these guys released, so hopefully this is similar. Black appearance with a small, brown head. Very roasty, dark chocolate malty, espresso, cocoa, moderately piney/herbal hoppy aroma. Bitter, roasty chocolate malty, piney, organic hoppy flavor. Pretty good but not excellent.
Zeswaft (1466) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
First of all, what an annoyingly long description for a beer. Shut up and drink it. Especially, because this is pretty good. A little thin feeling but the flavors are all there. Hoppy, pine and roasted chocolate malt. Tip, don’t eat cookie dough and then drink this. The combo tastes fishy.
mcberko (9343) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a dark brown with a small white head. Aroma of roasted malt, hops, licorice and some sweetness. Flavour of roasted malts upfront, with very bitter hops to finish. Not so well balanced, with a high astringency on the second half of the palate. Decent.
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep brown with off white head. Nose is pleasant with oaky malt and grassy hop notes. On the tongue mostly sour with toast, almond, and salted peanut finishing with a tangy, almost biting resinous hop. A decent IPA but expected more from Alaskan.
notalush (5351) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is very dark ruby, nearly black - moderate tan lace - smell is more like a hoppy stout - quite a bit of dark malt, chocolate, anise, char - there is some fairly strong, woody hop character as well, which well with the more roasty notes, so overall the aroma is very pleasant, if not completely to style - flavor is drier than the aroma suggests - quite roasty and bitter - first, the bitterness of dark malt, followed by some char, then some fairly strong, woody hops - pretty acidic on the tail end - a little bit of licorice - decent flavors happening, but unlike better examples, where the hops and darker malts play off of each other, their character here never seems to completely come together - a decent beer, but it could be a lot better.
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A nice India Dark Ale. Roasted malts and pine. Mild bitter finish with a coffee aftertaste.
DalzAle (2010) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark black pour, lasting 1/4 inch head and a nice hoppy and slightly chocolatey aroma. Flavor is nice roasty malt, light peppery hops and a little more chocolate on the aftertaste. Nice representation of the style and very well priced.
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. hey alaskan made a decent beer! Not usually a fan of their beer but this is above average for a change. Maybe I’m just partial to the style. Could stand to have a little more hop bitterness. Leans more to the stout side of things.
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Being walking distance from the source, I’ve had a chance to try this several times already, and have noticed some variability. Maybe it was my palate. In general, appears stout-like and aromas are fairly true to the IPA style. Would not guess the color if it was a blind smell test. Few roasted barley aromas, if any. Flavor profile is pretty well balanced with a good dose of northwest hop varietals and some roastiness to go along. Not the most memorable but a solid compromise beer for someone who enjoys both stouts and IPAs.