bluemooner (580) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark bwoen with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and hints of earthy hops. Flavor is roasted malt, caramel, and earhty hops with hints of coffee and citrus. Medium body with medium carbonation. Decent though not terribly impressive.
natejgood (388) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark brown with a relatively small head. Aroma of piny hops and citrus. Dark malts with hints of sweetness and just a bit of a hoppy kick. A little thin for this style of beer, in my opinion.
1FastSTi (3272) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours to a deep ruby brown body with a nice super creamy tan head. Aroma is super sprucy with some noticeable chocolate malt and brownies. Flavor is chocolate malt and crisp clean spruce hops. Pretty balanced. Or, it’s possible that the hops are citrusy, but when mixed with the malt, it comes off differently. Palate is hoppy but balanced with light bitter malt and a creamy texture. This was great.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to snifter. Pours dark brown with a nice foamy soapy khaki head that slowly fades to a foamy film and sticky lacing. Aroma citrus grapefruit hops and malted chocolate. Taste is bitter hops that show some citrus and grapefruit with a roasted chocolate malt. Palate is medium and chalky dry. Very easy drinking black IPA.
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Aroma has some nice citrus to it as well as a lot of dark malts. I’m getting over a cold, so I may be crazy, but I was picking up a bit more malt flavor then some other black IPAs. Mostly chocolate malts, but some caramel as well. A medium bitterness on the end. Pretty solid though. Wouldn’t expect any less from Alaskan though. Pretty drinkable beer.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a dark copper brown colored brew with a decent sized light beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of Cascade/citrus zest, a hint of toasted chocolate malt and some light caramel. Taste is medium bodied, more toasted dark malt and Bakers chocolate flavors with a heavy citrus flavor. Finish is semi-dry, dry weedy hop bitterness with some toasted chocolate malt aftertaste.
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle to pint glass. deep brown pour with a thick tan head, nice lacing throughout the glass. aroma is pretty complex; caramel, roasted malts, coffee, a hint of chocolate and citrus hops. pretty thin liquid. roast flavor up front with a touch of hops shining through, a very small touch. lingering coffee/chocolate/roasted aftertaste. would’ve liked to see some more hops out of this one, reminiscent of a hoppy brown.