Ernest (6015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black (not opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, dark chocolate), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a note of alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Unpleasantly sour in the mouth, and pretty one-dimensional aromatically. Bucket loads of raw/green hops and some charred grains is about it. Nice appearance and good mouthfeel are its strongest points. A clumsy rendition, but ok.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Deep deep brown, ruby highlights, moderate to large frothy beige head, fairly nice lacing.
Hoppy nose, slight roasted malts, carob, campfire, charred wood, and miniscule cow pasture.   Semi-sweet citrusy
hopiness, a little citrus rind, some astringency, touch of roasted malts.   For its color its not as roasty/burnt
as I would have thought.   Remains with the citrus rind towards the backside.   Body and mouthfeel are
moderate.   The 8.5% ABV is well hidden.   As this warms I get more lactose like cow pasture.   Body and
mouthfeel are fairly moderate.   Remains citrusy, with a mild sweetness towards the finish.   Certainly more
towards a regular IPA than a Double IPA, and certainly not as "Black" as others.   Otherwise, not bad, clean, but
perhaps a simple Black IPA would be more appropriate.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A very tasty but very messy resinous black IPA. Meh.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed relatively fresh about 2 months after purchase. Bottle sent to me by mcberko. Thanks a lot Matt
The look: Black body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose of resinous fruity and piney hops in a cup of milk chocolate. Taste is cake malts, black chocolate, thick rich caramel, lots of hops resin, strong lactic character, concentrate apricots juice, a shot of espresso, pine needles, black liquorice candy, fresh juicy dark fruits, a bit of tart lemons, moreÖ Ok, so Iím listing a bunch of usual flavors that one can expect to find in many black IPAs. But somehow here the whole is less, a lot less, than the sum of its parts. The overly resinous hops totally clashed with the caramelized dark fruits, not enough roastiness and the beer felt too sticky syrupy, and why does it feel so milky? And I could go on... This is a tasty beer no doubt but it is just a bunch of flavors that are far from harmonious. The beer just tries to throw everything at you. This feels like an amateurish beer that just throws a bunch of stuff at you. Not something I would expect from a professional brewery like Alaskan. This is a really disappointing offering from a brewery I usually enjoy. I used to pretty much love all Black IPAs. If it was roasted and very hoppy I liked it. Now Iím a lot discerning in appreciation of Black IPAs. I guess Iím growing as a person, because you know, I sure ainít growing as a plant.
marcus (5890) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
after4ever (5861) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours nearly jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that really sticks around. Through a window, you could be forgiven for mistaking this for a stout. Breathing the same air, though, thereís no possibility for confusion. Smells like the most roasty delicious hop-forward IPA youíve had in, well, days. They make a lot of these now, and, while this one keeps up with the pack, I wonít see itís the class of the bunch. Itís "merely" very good. Nice big oily acidic pine and grapefruit nose. Shows a little boozy twang before it breathes for a while. Big creamy body, very satisfying right from the first sip. Roasty, toasty, caramelly, piney, grapefruity. Really a delicious beer. Long roasty bitter pine resin finish. Coherently integrated and still very bold and forward. Good stuff and worth revisiting.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from curly- thanks again, Jason! Pours a deep, somewhat clear brown color with a thick, resilient, rocky beige head that sticks to the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops, pine, toasted and chocolate malts, brown sugar, earth, and dark fruits. Flavor of toasted malts, pine resin, grapefruit, earthy hops, chocolate, toast, and nuts. Medium-bodied, with a bitter, earthy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Double Black IPA- I like it.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle and served in Bells snifter: Pours a deep brown with ruby and amber highlights topped by a frothy beige head, good lace. The aroma has notes of grassy, herbal and resin hops along with debittered black, roasted, toasted and a hint of wheat husks malting. Some anise, tobacco, leather, tar, bakers chocolate, coffee and walnuts too. The taste is nicely balanced between layers of dark malts and classic hops but there is a hint of pine and citrus too. Undertones of licorice, molasses, plums, mango, McCafe Mocha coffee drink, and smoke. The mouth feel is lively and aggressive, utterly dangerously drinkable at 8.5 ABV with very little of the ashy or chalky tones found in many Black IPAs. This is well put together and worthy of a try for anybody digging the new frontier of craft brews.
blipp (5595) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Paulís Thanksgiving tasting. Pours near black with an off white head. The aroma has grassy floral hops with light roasty notes. The flavor has a medium roast and a light sweetness, with floral and lightly citric hops. Nice.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Big chocolate and citrus hops aroma and taste with a watery palate.
AmEricanbrew (5516) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear ruby black color/ viscous tan head. Nice dusty black malt, caramel, chocolate, pine sap aromas. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Very good mesh of dry black malts, sweet caramel, pine sap, tropical fruit flavors. Enjoyed the draft version a little more than the bottled.
Earlier Rating: 1/29/2009 Total Score: 3.9
Draft@ The 2009 Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine fest. Dark brown with a tan head. Nice piney and floral hop aroma with roasty malts. Smooth medium body. Strong floral and pine hop flavors riding a caramel sweet and roasty malt base brew. Great mix of caramel, roast and hop flavors here. Alaskan needs to bottle this !