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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (1492) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
(tap) clear, very dark brown colour with a small, brown head; aroma of roast, stewed fruit; thick palate; rich, balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish; very nice

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1492) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Quite nice. Above average, but not my favorite of this style (which is one of my all time favorites). Everything is going on here in the right ways, but I want a bit more roastiness in the malts.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a creamy khaki head. Aroma is a combination of sweet caramel, bitter chocolate, and an overall presence of some earthy, slightly herbal hops and light pine. Flavor shows the same with a well structure malt backbone being soaked in chewy, sticky hops. Overall body is moderate, and finishes with moderate to heavy bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Smells like a porter, looks like a porter but its not a porter. Pours black with a big, tan head, and lots of lace. Smells roasty overall, lightly sweet with a moderate dose of floral bitter hops. Tastes of roasted malts mostly with a building, deep citrus hop flavor as well. Medium/full body, ok carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1407) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown black with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted malts, cola and some black licorice.

The flavor is roasted malts and black licorice with a little chocolate and molasses leading to a big charred / roasted bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it seems like more of a hoppy stout to me than a black IPA. Instead of fruity hops, I get the roasted bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
22oz bottle $9. Damn beer has gotten really expensive these days. Dark black,wow. smells like orange rind and malts, porter. It tastes like a very hoppy porter to me, dark malts, a little fruit from the hops but no pine and just doesn’t make me think IPA at all. I’m still not sold on the style but this was alright. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-16-2010 06:12:08

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trevor211 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2010
On tap at Brouwer’s Hopfest 2010. Hops, dark roasted malts, and... fuirt? Yep. Tropical, almost artificial fruit - like someone squeezed a gusher into a perfect black IPA. Or some barleywine. It overpowers the hops - I was expecting more from this. Pretty pour, though.

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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1291) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2010
On tap at Bailey’s Taproom in Portland, OR. Colour... essentially black with a very thick tan head. Nose... decidedly hoppy with a dandy balance between citrusy hops and piney hops. Palate... nicely thick though not necessarily coating with coffee-like flavours, bits of bittersweet chocolate, roasty malt and resonating waves of hops that play along nicely on the back palate and through the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1204) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
From bottle to tulip. Slight roast and perfume hop. Black with tan head. Taste is cocoa and slight citrus. Chalky aspects. A little milk as it warmed.


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