mjg74 (2992) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Valley Farm. Nose is fairly hopped. A little roastiness is noticeable as well. Roasted maltiness up front. Some burnt coffee. The hoppiness is fairly subdued. It seems to strike a pretty good flavor balance.
andyhwcinc (1823) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Breeze Thru Wine & Spirits in Milwaukee, WI; enjoyed on an unusually warm last night of January. Appearance is black, not too thick, with a rich off white head that laces to the glass. Aroma is unusual, the bottom of the description is íchicken & wafflesí and I kind of get that, itís really faint, more of the yeasty elements come out in the nose. Taste is good, but itís not IPA like at all...not getting any bitterness or citrus notes, more of a chocolate malt with ale yeast quality, which is still good, but itís not a black IPA. Medium carbonation with light to medium body. Itís pretty good, Alaskan does a good job with dark ales.
jsquire (4123) - 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 Humpyís 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 (10475) - 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 (1647) - Seattle, Washington, 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, donít eat cookie dough and then drink this. The combo tastes fishy.
mcberko (14115) - 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 (5716) - 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 (2020) - 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.