AirForceHops (6281) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle purchased at Specs in Austin, TX. Bottle date of : 04 05 15. Deep black pour with massive head retention that coats the snifter. Aroma some bold roasted notes with a light pine.
Body is full with a stout- like density and creamy mouthfeel. Yeah baby, That’s what I’m talking about right here!
The malts have a deep roasted character with some smooth chocolate notes that ends with a nice lingering pine bitterness that ends with the chocolate flavor coming back around to the taste buds. Very well crafted! I think this scores top in style for my own palate.
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malt with a little bit of pine. This does not smell like some of the hoppier Black IPAs that I have tried.
The flavor is like the smell. I get quite a bit of roasted/burnt malt and chocolate, with some piney hops. I also get some cream in the flavor and a low amount of bitterness.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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, more… Ok, so I’m 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 I’m a lot discerning in appreciation of Black IPAs. I guess I’m growing as a person, because you know, I sure ain’t growing as a plant.
Patrickctenchi (6084) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black, with a thick, creamy tan head.
Caramel, chocolate, cola aroma.
Taste is bitter, heavy dark chocolate malt, roasty...licorice, coffee.
Sweet, followed by a long, resiny bitter.
thirdeye11 (6071) - 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.
joeneugs (5814) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Celebrator 23rd Anniversary party 2011. It pours dark brown with an orange/tan head. The aroma is citrusy, toffee and a bit of cocoa. The flavor is roasted and bitter with some caramel, coffee and roasted malt.
nuplastikk (5794) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared at DC tasting 5/11. Amber-brown-black. Brown sugar, burnt toffee aroma. Smooth malt tones. Captures the essence of the style quite well, with lots of burnt chocolate bitterness. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Would like to sit down and drink a whole bottle of this.
kaser (5681) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour from draft at uncle mikes. Graham cracker and coffee aroma. Tan head. Sweet and marshmallow yet dry finish. Weird. Don't love it or hate it
badlizard (5533) - 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.
BückDich (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.