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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 it’s dark and it’s hoppy and we can’t get enough of it.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4663) - Utah, USA - AUG 15, 2011
22oz bottle thanks to Sparky
Appearance: Dark brown with a big foamy beige head and lots of sticky lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and pine resin
Taste: Full mouthfeel of dark roasted malts, coffee with a bitter finish
A very nice Black IPA, enjoyable and easy drinking

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
presario (4611) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2011
Tap at Brouwers. Black with very thick lasting brown foam. Dark malt chocolate and hop scent. Chocolate IPA taste. Lots and lots of bitter chocolate and hops. A delicious beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4347) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2011
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4320) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Draft at PP Carlsbad. Dark brown pour. Mostly roasty dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate, sweet malt, and finish with biting bitter piney hops. I liked it but the flavors clash harshly, not the best black IPA out there.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4130) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Bottle... Poured pitch black with a khaki head. Floral, citrus, piney, resinous hops on the nose. Tasted much like the hop aroma, with a huge malt, roast, and stout-like depth. This seemed to have a lot more roast than other CDAs/BIPAs/TBAs/IBAs i’ve had and also imparted some coffee tones. The hops floored a mild alcohol bitterness which was all balanced by a citrus tanginess and sweetness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Pours out pitch black with a light chocolate milk-brown head, very thick, much like a stout. And the aroma is super enticing. Deep green grassy hops, with just a hint of cocoa and molasses. Taste is out of the ordinary indeed, as this is my first Black IPA and I didn’t know what to expect. Massively hopped, yet not too bitter. Odd. The molasses from the nose comes back, with a certain nuttiness and smoked toffee. Same bitterness as a harsh porter, but with a greater hop profile. Odd, yet delicious! I can see myself liking this style. Supremely balanced with enough of a malt backbone to combat the hop onslaught, and easily drinkable. Velvety and smooth texture. Just a good beer. The only downside is that the finish has a certain sour quality about it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4009) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Pours a viscous dark black with one finger of creamy tan head. Rich nose with lots of chocolate and coffee notes and heavy malt sweetness over some citrusy notes. Rich and chocolaty with piny notes and some coffee bitterness. Definitely some caramelly notes. Full bodied with a low carbonation and piny bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle, thanks baker! Black with a small amounts of tan lace. Nose is resinous hops, lots of sweet, rich chocolate, faint lemon and citrus. Flavor is rather bland-some bitterness, some caramel and cocoa sweetness, light roast. Smells and drinks more like a light dry stout. Black IPA is a very difficult style to do extremely well, at least for my tastes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3437) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Dark beer with only hints of mahogany around the edges. Foamy beige head that left lots of sticky lace. Puffed wheat and roasted grain nose. Rich roasted grains chocolate, puffed wheat, popped corn, and hop resin. Really fluffy mouthfeel.
Earlier Rating: 2/1/2009 Total Score: 3.7
Sampled at the ’09 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Very dark brown beer with a creamy brown head. Big grassy nose with some roasted grains and burnt toast. Lots of hops in here with candied grapefruit rinds, apricot and resin. Hot hop burn on the tongue. Balanced by roast grains and some bitter coffee, with a long burnt finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Awesome beer. Foamy, light-tan head over an inky blackness -- deep brown under good lighting. Has an enticingly sweet, whiskey-like nose. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich and velvety. Loads of dark chocolate flavors complemented by hoppy notes of citrus and pine. Dry finish has the perfect amount of scorched bitterness to round out the sweetness. Warming and cozy alcohol lingers nicely. Loved it.


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