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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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetmaxx (770) - 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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7244) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle. Blackish beer with a brown head. Malt and roast aroma with light chocolate and light pine. Pine and grapefruit flavor with chocolate and caramel. Medium bodied. OK bitterness. Chocolate and malt linger with caramel, pine, and grapefruit.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (18758) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty hoppy licorice aroma with piney hints. Sweetish malty hoppy bitter licorice flavor with some piney hints. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter finish with hints of chocolate in the aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anderson01 (227) - Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Black in color with a bubbly caramel head. To me the malt overpowers the hops in the aroma. Vanilla and raisin come out in the end of the aroma. Bitter-sweet with a hint of salt in the taste. Medium-bodied beer with a thick texture. Starts out with a lively carbonation and ends with a long, bitter finish. A very enjoyable beer to have when relaxing after work.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2011
On Tap at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids, Longmont 15/09/2010 Hoppy aroma. Dark coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy with a bitter roast malt finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5730) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2011
(Draught) clear espresso/ruby, creamy tan head. Nose of chocolate malt, citrus hoppy. Taste is very chocolaty, citrus peel bitterness, but very well balanced. Light coffee and cream here too.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Chocolate malts are studded with citrusy hops and their bitter resins, while berries and roastiness develop even more complexity.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam covers the dark brown.
-I simply love the flavors Alaskan get from their grain bills.
-The mouthfeel is really comfortable; rich, but approachable.
-Alcohol is not that apparent in the flavor profile.
-Creamy, milk-like caramel flavors are also perfectly integrated.

On tap at Brouwers Café.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
presario (4817) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2011
Tap at Brouwers. Black with very thick lasting brown foam. Dark malt chocolate and hop scent. Chocolate IPA taste. Lots and lots of bitter chocolate and hops. A delicious beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6837) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bomber from Brewforia, thanks to Eric for the haul. Pours a totally black hue with a large light brown head that is very creamy. A nice roasted nose, chocolate and ash, sweet citrus hops. The flavor is very nice; chocolate, rich porter elements, sweet malts/caramel. The hop presence is certainly there, mostly citrus and very light bitterness at the edges. It works. Another example of how nice this ’new’ style is. A creamy palate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3844) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Celebrator 23rd Anniversary party 2011. It pours dark brown with an orange/tan head. The aroma is citrusy, toffee and a bit of cocoa. The flavor is roasted and bitter with some caramel, coffee and roasted malt.


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