savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Bulk_Carrier (2249) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(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....
wedgie9 (2071) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Reid (1944) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from local "Stop-n-Go" market just north of my apartment on Liberty Rd,Salem
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"
OldMrCrow (1943) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.