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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4004) - 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 (14475) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle at CaptainCougar’s 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 (11868) - 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 (1963) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Catching up on old notes. I brought this to Paul’s 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 I’m 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2011
Pilot Series labeled bomber at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ. Dark brown pour supporting a medium tan head with plenty of retention and very good lacing. Strong aroma of roasted coffee, pine resin and bittersweet chocolate. Starts out like a straightforward IPA with herbal hops, citrus, and bready malt followed strongly and quickly by coffee, caramel and smoke. Smooth texture and medium dry finish that ends as it starts with a brisk hoppy note. Glad I found this brew and extremely glad I found Papago Brewing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
In short: A very tasty but very messy resinous black IPA. Meh.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed relatively fresh about 2 months after purchase. Bottle sent to me by mcberko. Thanks a lot Matt
The look: Black body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose of resinous fruity and piney hops in a cup of milk chocolate. Taste is cake malts, black chocolate, thick rich caramel, lots of hops resin, strong lactic character, concentrate apricots juice, a shot of espresso, pine needles, black liquorice candy, fresh juicy dark fruits, a bit of tart lemons, more… Ok, so I’m listing a bunch of usual flavors that one can expect to find in many black IPAs. But somehow here the whole is less, a lot less, than the sum of its parts. The overly resinous hops totally clashed with the caramelized dark fruits, not enough roastiness and the beer felt too sticky syrupy, and why does it feel so milky? And I could go on... This is a tasty beer no doubt but it is just a bunch of flavors that are far from harmonious. The beer just tries to throw everything at you. This feels like an amateurish beer that just throws a bunch of stuff at you. Not something I would expect from a professional brewery like Alaskan. This is a really disappointing offering from a brewery I usually enjoy. I used to pretty much love all Black IPAs. If it was roasted and very hoppy I liked it. Now I’m a lot discerning in appreciation of Black IPAs. I guess I’m growing as a person, because you know, I sure ain’t growing as a plant.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 6, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating 102. Super dark red/black pour with a brown head with some moderate lacing. Light roast with a nice piney hop aroma. Nice balanced flavor, light sweetness, coffee roastiness and a little hop bite, good stuff. (1585)

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetmaxx (766) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Poured into my Alaskan shaker glass from a 22oz. bottle. Pours really deep brown with a reddish greenish hue. Head is light brown, and thin. Aroma is very complex, starting with earthy hops. I also note dried fruit flavor, like raisins maybe. Flavor comes right out with chocolate and roasted flavors. Also pretty bitter from the hops, and no alcohol flavors come through like other high alcohol beers. Good mouth feel, full bodied with lively carbonation and finishes dry. Overall a delicious combination of chocolate and bitter!! Really enjoy this beer!


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