hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good roast malt aroma with some caramel and a bit of cocoa and hints of resin and botanicals from hops. Dark brown with the slightest ruby fringe, thick persistent tan head, fairly clear. Mostly medium malt sweetness on attack with a subtle hop bitterness that builds to a nice crescendo and gently wanes back into a nice long and lingering balanced finish. Medium body with a creamy texture, lively carbonation. A really nice hop delight that I would seek out again. Good thing thereís a back up in my fridge! Might need to expand style category to include Black Imperial IPA!
mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly opaque black with hues of burgundy when held up to the light. A poofy tan head with very nice lace. Smell is rich of pine, with hints of metal, roast and cocoa nibs. Taste extremely roasty and chocolately up front with pine and spruce coming through at the mid, and finishing with more chocolate. Definitely less like an IBA and more into the stout/porter realm. Finishes surprisingly clean with a tiny bit of roast and malt linger.
HarvestrOfBeer (22) - , Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really nice dark IPA (Cascade Dark Ale or whatever). Looks like a stout, and has a fair amount of the roasted malt character you expect in a stout or porter. Definite hop aroma and initial bite that fades quickly. Quite drinkable, although it is a bit heavy for a true session beer.
wrxkaboom (17) - juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poors dark, nearly black, a sweet aroma. The taste smooth with a bit of a hoppy character upfront and rather smooth on the backend. Overall a strong effort for Alaskan, but wouldnít hurt if the recipe was a refined a bit giving it a stronger character.
MikeTheWizard (13) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours very dark brown/black with a thick caramel colored head that stays foamy for a while. Aroma of cocoa and grapefruit. Very complex taste that flows with strong roasty nutty flavors, coupled with a good hoppy bitter punch. Velvety mouthfeel and milk chocolate aftertaste. A very good beer
OldPeculiar (10) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Frankenbeer. Had high hopes, but got disappointed. Neither a strong Double IPA nor mouth watering porter/stout. Thinner than expected. "Off"-bitter. Good try, but better luck next time.
Halhardy (1) - USA - OCT 24, 2010 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bomber from Nugget, West Sacramento, CA.
I love, LOVE heavily hopped IPAs. This is not one of them. I think they somehow managed to get burned malt, then used only bittering hops. Weird medicinal odor Iíve not experienced in beer before. No hop aroma, just bitterness. Little malt flavor.
Iíve had some great brews by Alaskan over the years, but, again, this is not one of them.
deadvirgo (1) - USA - SEP 10, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. This is unfortunately my new favorite beer. Itís unfortunate because itís Limited Edition, and because itís pretty expensive. Iíve always been a fan of Alaskan Brewing Co., and I havenít always been a fan of Imperial IPAs, but this beer is a perfect example of this styleís highest potential. I imagine it would go great with red meat.