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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Alaskan Double Black IPA is a combination of beer styles, with a flavor profile most similar to an Imperial IPA and the dark black color and rich flavors usually found in heartier stouts and porters.
The Black IPA, also called "Cascadian Dark Ale" or "American-style India Black Ale," is a relative newcomer to the craft beer world. We may not know what to call it yet, but we do know it’s dark and it’s hoppy and we can’t get enough of it.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle:   Deep deep brown, ruby highlights, moderate to large frothy beige head, fairly nice lacing.   Hoppy nose, slight roasted malts, carob, campfire, charred wood, and miniscule cow pasture.   Semi-sweet citrusy hopiness, a little citrus rind, some astringency, touch of roasted malts.   For its color its not as roasty/burnt as I would have thought.   Remains with the citrus rind towards the backside.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   The 8.5% ABV is well hidden.   As this warms I get more lactose like cow pasture.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly moderate.   Remains citrusy, with a mild sweetness towards the finish.   Certainly more towards a regular IPA than a Double IPA, and certainly not as "Black" as others.   Otherwise, not bad, clean, but perhaps a simple Black IPA would be more appropriate.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bomber pours nice and dark supporting a mocha head. The aroma offers up a mix of dark roasted malts to burnt malts as well as a blending of pine hops and chocolate malts. Nice. The taste is similar dark roasted malts, some burnt malts and a dash of dark roasted coffee. These notes are mixing with lesser amounts of chocolate, toffee candy and spicy black licorice. Behind those sweeter and roastier flavors are moderately strong notes of various hoppiness consisting of mostly pine hops. It comes together nicely. Yum.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hapjydeuce (966) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 25, 2011
On tap at OBriens, backlogged rating. Sweet malt throughout, with much more roasted coffee overtaking the bitterness, unlike most other black IPAs. Subdued bitterness on the back end; mild hops bite.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5605) - Utah, USA - AUG 15, 2011
22oz bottle thanks to Sparky
Appearance: Dark brown with a big foamy beige head and lots of sticky lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and pine resin
Taste: Full mouthfeel of dark roasted malts, coffee with a bitter finish
A very nice Black IPA, enjoyable and easy drinking

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2011
This beer rocks. Pours very dark blackish with a good head and a silky canopy that lingers. Smells of fresh ground espresso beans with a touch of malty sweetness. Full and rich on the palate with excellent carbonation. This brew exhibits staggering hop essence that mingles with a dark roast component like a pimp dressed up as santa clause at a sorority sleepover. A mild touch of sweetness help to balance this beast. The finish goes on and on. Fantastic!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
bottle 9/9/10. dark woody brown shade of black with a spotty head. aroma and flavor are similar... grapefruit, pine and dirty spicy hops out in front of roast, brown sugar, chocolate, cream and sweaty earth. it is full bodied, slick and creamy but still prickly and easy to put away. 7/4/7/4/16

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wrxkaboom (17) - juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Poors dark, nearly black, a sweet aroma. The taste smooth with a bit of a hoppy character upfront and rather smooth on the backend. Overall a strong effort for Alaskan, but wouldn’t hurt if the recipe was a refined a bit giving it a stronger character.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7186) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2011
22 oz. bottle from curly- thanks again, Jason! Pours a deep, somewhat clear brown color with a thick, resilient, rocky beige head that sticks to the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops, pine, toasted and chocolate malts, brown sugar, earth, and dark fruits. Flavor of toasted malts, pine resin, grapefruit, earthy hops, chocolate, toast, and nuts. Medium-bodied, with a bitter, earthy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Double Black IPA- I like it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2011
22 oz. from Chuck’s. Beige head and predictably dark. Definitely tastes like the lovechild between an IPA and a robust stout. This is the first "black IPA" I’ve had that actually tastes like this. Is this what the style is supposed to be? If so there are a lot of terribly mislabeled beers out there. An interesting beer and one to be savored.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4902) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2011
22oz bottle shared at DC tasting 5/11. Amber-brown-black. Brown sugar, burnt toffee aroma. Smooth malt tones. Captures the essence of the style quite well, with lots of burnt chocolate bitterness. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Would like to sit down and drink a whole bottle of this.


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