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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Fresh 22 oz bottle. Dark chocolate brown with a thick, creamy, sticky light tan head. Aroma of piney and citrus hops with some coffee and caramel, light alcohol scent too. The flavor is acidic coffee, semi-sweet chocolate malt and a hop bitterness that comes in at the end. Medium to full body with a mild carbonation and a thick creamy mouth feel. This is a great beer, but not what I really expected. Very thick and chewy for an IIPA and the hops arenít really that pronounced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (2249) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Stamped in white at bottom right corner, says "040515", itís a best by stamp, no worries. This was poured into a snifter because itís considered an imperial black ale. The appearance was a pure black color with a soft off white to tan filmy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing clung and slid adequately. The smell started off extremely piney and sharp in a bitter citrus department. As it warmed, a light sweet bitter and somewhat dark chocolate malt entered in lightly. The taste was bittersweet - tried and true - all the way, nice sweet to bitter dark chocolate over top of a combined pine/citrus. Nice sweet and bitter chocolate to citrus aftertaste leading to a semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was actually somewhat subdued, somewhat smooth. Overall, honestly, this was a pretty good black ipa. Iíd definitely have it again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bomber shared by BOLTZ. Pours dark brown/mohagany with a 3 finger tan head that left thick lacing. The nose is oily leafy hops, oats, burnt malt and light coffee. The taste is citrus hops, ashy cocoa, charred barley and coffee with some resin in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Nice beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2010
(22oz. bottle). Pours almost black with tan head. Aroma of ash, hop funk, and leather. Taste is neither sour nor sweet and the bitterness is fairly mild, but pleasant. Just seems ashy with a bright hoppiness coming out at the end. Medium body with oily texture. Finish is bitter and like licking an ash tray. I love IPA/DIPAs, but I guess I just donít get this Black IPA thing. I like the lable....

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2071) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Tasted on 12/16/10, from a bomber bottle purchased at Sun Devil. Pours nearly black brown with an average tan head that leaves a nice lace collar. The nose is very dark roasted malt with a hint of sweetness and lightly bitter hops. The flavor is similar with molasses, dark malt, and resin hops bitterness takes over. The body is medium with average carbonation abs a long roasted and bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Courtesy of Pailhead. Black, beige head. Clean roast character up front in aroma, hints of pine, chocolate. Flavor has a heavy dose of bittering, not much for flavor hops. Again clean roast character with hints of chocolate. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reid (1944) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2011
22 oz bottle from local "Stop-n-Go" market just north of my apartment on Liberty Rd,Salem $8.49 In even bright sunlight this beer is BLACK..the head is dark tan and is very thick and frothy. Looks extreme. Confusing to what is expected from a black beer..but the aroma is of fresh zesty ,piney hop..though eventually some chocolate and tastyness rear. Woah an extreme beer that is extremelly balanced!!..the lemony,spicy hop balanced completlly by the caramal/toasty malts..they blend to almost perfection..in that in one gulp i amgetting hop then malt, then hop then malt very strange but very good. Nice palte to this one..not too thick Overall a very enjoyable beer and well worth the money. PS its great to see a small 7-11 type store get beer in like this. Thank you "Stop-N-Go"

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldMrCrow (1943) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Bomber. I was a bit disappointed by this one. Nice enough nose combining roast with hop juice, but the flavors were off. Grapefruit juice in a mocha, with a side of cauliflower.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Pours nearly black with a cream colored head. Aroma has some earthy hops, lightly toasted malt, and some chocolate and caramel notes. Flavor is a nice balance of hops and full malts, creamy, lightly sweet, finishes bitter. A very tasty beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Alaskan Brewing Company--Alaskan Double Black IPA--Black Imperial India Pale Ale--PILOT SERIES--Limited Edition Specialty Beers--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 8.50% ABV. 70 IBUís. (3.0 / 5.0) Cascadian Dark Ale--Imperial. Clear pour. Mild lacy thin coffee head. Opaque obsidian black color. Rich smoked hint burnt mild hop chocolate hint front. Tangy rich spicy dry sweet mild textured hoppy dry Porter body. Hot malt hop spice end. Odd mildly hoppy spicy Imperial Porter. Sampled 9/23/2010. Purchased for $9.49 @ The Ballard Market on 9/14/2010.


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