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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 itís dark and itís hoppy and we canít get enough of it.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2010 The pour is a nearly opaque black with a moderately full, tan, rocky, dense layer of foam which is mostly lasting and does leave lots of thick lace. The nose is nice but plagued by some imperfections; lactic notes and cardboard hide what seems like it could be an interesting beer. Notes of spicy hops, chocolate, and some resins found underneath the imperfections. The flavor is less plagued but still not what it could be; light Colombia roast coffee, spicy resins, some grapefruit notes, dark chocolate, and dark bread crust. The palate is thin, medium, watery, and lively. The finish is drying, bitter, resinous, bread crust, and some bakersí chocolate. This is the second beer I have tried and this one still seems to be oxidized or infected somehow with the cardboard and lactic notes. However, the beer seems to be decent attempt at the style. I usually like this breweries small batch beers but this one missed mostly due to the imperfections.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 4, 2010
One of the better Black IPAs, now that the style has gone mainstream. Flavor of wood, a little smoke, hops (grassy and dank) and chocolate. Finishes dry. Pretty good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Bomber my mom brought back from her trip to Alaska. Pours a nearly pitch black body and topped by a nice, smooth mocha colored head of foam that shows good retention and leaves patches of lace behind. The aroma is very hop forward with tons of pine, grassy, and earthy hop bitterness. There is a good amount of roasted barley as well that hints at coffee and dark cocoa. The flavor follows the same line with plenty of roasted coffee and barley malt to go with the earthy and pine resin hop bitterness. Dark chocolate and burnt caramel lend some balancing sweetness. Medium bodied with balanced carbonation with a smooth and creamy feel on the palate. The finish is lengthy and dry with bitter chocolate lingering around. This is a really tasty black ipa. Solid beer from these guys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
on tap at stone bistro a couple months back. pours a true black with a huge, creamy, khaki head with sticky rings of lace. aroma is very nice with fresh cut pine, distinct cascade hops, grapefruit, and roasted malts with hints of cocoa powder and light coffee. flavor is delicious with a very nice blend of orange and lemon citrus hop notes with roasted malts, chocolate crusts, coffee, and bitter grass on the back end. palate is medium bodied with creamy carbonation and solid bitterness. overall, a very tast black ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hapjydeuce (963) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daleharshman (960) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Draft at Stone Bistro. Pours a dark cola brown hue with fluffy khaki head. Aroma is on the weak side but has some hop notes present (pine) and also dark roasted malts. The flavor has notable dark bitter chocolate up front. Then it moves into notes of thick sticky hoppiness with some pine and citrus. Thereís bittereness here and itís hard to know if itís coming from the dark roasted malts or the hops (or both). The creamy mouthfeel is more reminiscent of a stout. And there is more of that confusing bitterness in the finish along with more bittersweet chocolate and some black coffee. This is more like a hoppy stout or porter than what I think of as a black IPA. This is decent, but there are better examples of this blended style. (51, 413)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with creamy brown foam. Smells surprisingly like a barleywine with malts, hops and alcohol all blending together. Tastes very bitter, like an imperial IPA should, but doesnít finish with the citrusy notes that hops often excrete, but the bitterness combines with the coffee aromas that the malts give. One of the best black IPAs Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlbeer (845) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Smells of dark malts and hops. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and hops. Good hop flavor ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertjm (783) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Pours a tan rocky head which looks like a stout, rather than an IPA. Black body with some carbonation coating the glass. However, thereís no question that this is an IPA once you get a whiff of the aroma. Nice Left Coast hop bouquet on the pine and citrus side. Wouldnít surprise me to find out they did a bit of dry-hopping to achieve this. Flavor is also a jekyl and Hyde experience. At first touch very clearly a strong hop character, but thatís quickly taken over by roasted and burnt malts, leaving little hops on the palate. Bitter malts linger quite long in the aftertaste. Light mouthfeel as would be found in an IPA. As for it being an imperial IPA? Perhaps in alcohol level, but Iíve had some IIPA that will slap you silly with hops. This isnít one of them. Still was a good one to try. Hopefully, they add it to their revolving profiles.

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