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RATINGS: 165   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 itís dark and itís hoppy and we canít get enough of it.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7419) - 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 Chuckís. Beige head and predictably dark. Definitely tastes like the lovechild between an IPA and a robust stout. This is the first "black IPA" Iíve 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 (5030) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4356) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Pours a viscous dark black with one finger of creamy tan head. Rich nose with lots of chocolate and coffee notes and heavy malt sweetness over some citrusy notes. Rich and chocolaty with piny notes and some coffee bitterness. Definitely some caramelly notes. Full bodied with a low carbonation and piny bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4017) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle, thanks baker! Black with a small amounts of tan lace. Nose is resinous hops, lots of sweet, rich chocolate, faint lemon and citrus. Flavor is rather bland-some bitterness, some caramel and cocoa sweetness, light roast. Smells and drinks more like a light dry stout. Black IPA is a very difficult style to do extremely well, at least for my tastes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Medium roasted malt body. Slight chocolate character with light fruity sweetness. Some subdued peppery notes upfront. Some sharp citrus that is attenuated by the bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (15610) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle at CaptainCougarís local tasting, thanks! Dark maroon, tan head. Aroma of earthy malts. Taste is bitter charcoal. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2011
22oz bottle, thanks nmann08. Soft medium tan head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate/cocoa, orange, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, orange, roast. Soft medium-full body, some stickiness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2068) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Catching up on old notes. I brought this to Paulís tasting. Black with nice dense head. Mild toasted coffee with green fresh hop aroma. Coffee cocoa fresh green hops mild green hop flavored finish. Nice efferevescence. Very fresh. Very good even though Iím not a big fan of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
On tap at obriens. Black pour with tan head. Taste is big fuzzy malt to hops to barley wine sweet alcohol. Gooey back. Roasty to caramel. Good not great.


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