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RATINGS: 128   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8176) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
22oz courtesy of wavers1. Pours a clear deep brown with a gigantic, dense, micro-bubble, tan head that has infinite ice cream scoop retention and big sheety lace. Aroma is not really hoppy but more bacon, smoke, barbecue, along with raisins, prunes, anise, pretty intense grape cough medicine thing going on. Taste is medicinal, lots of grape cough medicine, like swallowing a bunch of grape childrenís Tylenol. Thereís some toasted bread, char, dry wood. If I were blind tasting this, I would say itís some weird Danish stout thatís supposed to be awesome but ends up a huge mess. Palate is soft, not too syrupy. Picks up some heavy oxidation after sitting in the tulip for 10 minutes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7902) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bomber at Paulís tasting. Pours black with tan head. Nose of grapefruits, peel, hops and chocolate malts. Taste is same with little pine in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2010
fresh bottle. nose is soft mixture of cocoa-accented dark fruit syrup, bitter dark chocolate and mild to medium herbal spice (dried hop leaves, grass, spring spice cabinet) - all with subdued strength. texture is at first chewy with medium to full body, then turns dry, pungent and bitter, with a spiced herbal hop flavoring tingling the tongue for minutes afterward. light cocoa butter and grapefruit rind in the finish, but it turns somewhat thin/watery as well. still, not a bad version, and it seems to be a medium-strength stout hopped up to IPA levels.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7820) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
On tap at stone. Black pour with a tan head. Aromas of brown sugar, chocolate, raisins and citrus. Flavors of chocolate, roast, clean and dry. Floral hop notes. Lively bubbles. Nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7677) - 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 Cafť.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6784) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bomber pours nice and dark supporting a mocha head. The aroma offers up a mix of dark roasted malts to burnt malts as well as a blending of pine hops and chocolate malts. Nice. The taste is similar dark roasted malts, some burnt malts and a dash of dark roasted coffee. These notes are mixing with lesser amounts of chocolate, toffee candy and spicy black licorice. Behind those sweeter and roastier flavors are moderately strong notes of various hoppiness consisting of mostly pine hops. It comes together nicely. Yum.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle at Paulís tasting. Pours a deep black with a thin beige head. Big spicy hops, earthy with some sweet roast. Nice earthy hop presence with some spicyness. Chocolate, roast, candied grapefruit on the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Very dark brown with a persistent light brown head. Aroma is equally roasty and hoppy, leaning more toward the roasty side actually, which appeals to me greatly. Sweet dark malt base, roast and chocolate, some molasses too. Piney slightly resinous hop profile, not too aggressive, but allowing the luscious malts to have their say. I like this interpretation of the style, where there is an equal (if not greater) emphasis on the dark malts as there is on the hops. Loving this Pilot Series so far!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6320) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours black with a rich tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a dark chocolate flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish. Itís an interesting combination of tastes.


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