Halhardy (1) - USA - OCT 24, 2010 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bomber from Nugget, West Sacramento, CA.
I love, LOVE heavily hopped IPAs. This is not one of them. I think they somehow managed to get burned malt, then used only bittering hops. Weird medicinal odor I’ve not experienced in beer before. No hop aroma, just bitterness. Little malt flavor.
I’ve had some great brews by Alaskan over the years, but, again, this is not one of them.
DYCSoccer17 (3459) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 ounce bottle from Nugget in Woodland, CA. Aroma is weird with lots of bubblegum. Lots of floral notes as well. Not much in the way of aggressive hop aromas. Slight roastiness. All in all, the aroma on this has way too much perfume and bubblegum. What the fuck? Mostly transparent dark mahogany body with a pretty frothy, rocky off-white head. Starts a little roasty, before this becomes a little chocolatey in the middle. Finishes with some scant metallic hints and a bit of chocolate/ashy/piney bitterness. This is basically an imperial porter. This Black IPA fad needs to die.
Ratman197 (10860) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber poued a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, carmel, earthines and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, carmel, earthiness and citrus with a smooth dry lightly bitter finish. Please Sir, May I have more Hops?
OldPeculiar (11) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Frankenbeer. Had high hopes, but got disappointed. Neither a strong Double IPA nor mouth watering porter/stout. Thinner than expected. "Off"-bitter. Good try, but better luck next time.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ K&B Wine Cellars. Pours a deep coffee brown with a Creamy beige head. Mostly roasted malts on the nose, very faint hop presence. Seemed more like an Imperial Porter, still tasty tho.
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from a 18 oz. bottle purchased in Denver, Colorado. Pours a very dark black body and very thick brown-blackish head. Roasted hoppy aroma with an alcoholic, hoppy, dark, creamy flavor.
AmEricanbrew (6227) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear ruby black color/ viscous tan head. Nice dusty black malt, caramel, chocolate, pine sap aromas. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Very good mesh of dry black malts, sweet caramel, pine sap, tropical fruit flavors. Enjoyed the draft version a little more than the bottled.
Earlier Rating: 1/29/2009 Total Score: 3.9
Draft@ The 2009 Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine fest. Dark brown with a tan head. Nice piney and floral hop aroma with roasty malts. Smooth medium body. Strong floral and pine hop flavors riding a caramel sweet and roasty malt base brew. Great mix of caramel, roast and hop flavors here. Alaskan needs to bottle this !
bhensonb (12138) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Nugget Market in West Sacramento, CA. Pours really dark brown with a foamy 2 finger tan head. Dark malt aroma with some floral hop. Full bodied with creamy/foamy carbonation. Flavor is very dark malt, there’s a moderate heat burn, and there is chocolate and a mix of hops. Pretty busy ale. Finishes like a hopped stout, sort of. GFB!
boFNjackson (4187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured pitch black with a khaki head. Floral, citrus, piney, resinous hops on the nose. Tasted much like the hop aroma, with a huge malt, roast, and stout-like depth. This seemed to have a lot more roast than other CDAs/BIPAs/TBAs/IBAs i’ve had and also imparted some coffee tones. The hops floored a mild alcohol bitterness which was all balanced by a citrus tanginess and sweetness.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bomber – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Aroma – Nice hops aroma. Dark roasty malt.
Appearance – Dark brown in color, Clear, with a thin head.
Flavor – Roasty dark malt flavor and great hops. Great earth like flavor and smokey.
Palate – Dry finish with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall – Very tasty Dark IPA. Loved this beer.