Glouglouburp (5883) - 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.
DuffMan (5819) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
after4ever (5740) - 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.
5000 (5655) - 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.
marcus (5639) - 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.
BBB63 (5609) - 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.
badlizard (5526) - 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.
blipp (5476) - 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.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head. The nose is nicely hopped and.... malted with a crisp floral citrusy hop note and a mellow roasty chocolate/carob nose. The flavor is balanced, chewy body and a creamy mouthfeel amongst a lightly bitter and somewhat astringent flavor. Malty chocolate and roast and grapefruit/pine notes. Great Black IPA.
thirdeye11 (5343) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) clear espresso/ruby, creamy tan head. Nose of chocolate malt, citrus hoppy. Taste is very chocolaty, citrus peel bitterness, but very well balanced. Light coffee and cream here too.