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 (4638) - 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 (694) - 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 (1904) - 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.
Livid (49) - - JAN 22, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Pours black, faint ruby light peeks through my pint glass. One finger of tan head, slight lacing. Resinous, hoppy aroma - pine and citrus, with maybe a faint hint of roasted malt, but that may just be in my head. Thin mouthfeel, strong citrusy hop flavor. Faint roasted malty notes, but the hops really overpower. This tastes like a plain IPA that happens to be black - I’d really like to taste a little more of the "black" flavors to balance the bitterness and really represent the style.
OldGrowth (2484) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint at Humpy’s Alaskan ale house. Ok aroma, sweet roasty. Dark.malt, sweet citrusy mix. Blackish brown color. Ok head, better lace. Bittersweet flavor. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, bitterdry finish. Little sweet. Ok, weak in it style.
bookman10 (587) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark, brownish-black with a good, mid-sized head that is pretty firm. Floral, hoppy aroma. Flavor of roasted malt with strong hop presence in the background. Some coffee and chocolate, as well as some citrus, with a rather bitter finish to the whole.
johnsonevan11 (2) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kind of a bitter chocolate or coffee taste. Not as strong as I would like, but tastes great.