GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer rocks. Pours very dark blackish with a good head and a silky canopy that lingers. Smells of fresh ground espresso beans with a touch of malty sweetness. Full and rich on the palate with excellent carbonation. This brew exhibits staggering hop essence that mingles with a dark roast component like a pimp dressed up as santa clause at a sorority sleepover. A mild touch of sweetness help to balance this beast. The finish goes on and on. Fantastic!
deadvirgo (1) - USA - SEP 10, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. This is unfortunately my new favorite beer. Itís unfortunate because itís Limited Edition, and because itís pretty expensive. Iíve always been a fan of Alaskan Brewing Co., and I havenít always been a fan of Imperial IPAs, but this beer is a perfect example of this styleís highest potential. I imagine it would go great with red meat.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
presario (4596) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
beerbill (3333) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle purchased online at Northwest Liquid Gold and shared with my wife. Pours just about black with a moderate luscious brown head that lasted through three-quarters of the glass and left extensive lace. The aroma is wonderful with a combination of malt, molasses and pine that is just excellent. The flavor is malt with a bit less molasses than the aroma, pine and fruity grapefruit. Moderate bitterness at the finish is not overdone and compliments the lingering malt flavor nicely. This is a delicious Black IPA, and man do I wish I bought more than one bottle!
thetmaxx (742) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into my Alaskan shaker glass from a 22oz. bottle. Pours really deep brown with a reddish greenish hue. Head is light brown, and thin. Aroma is very complex, starting with earthy hops. I also note dried fruit flavor, like raisins maybe. Flavor comes right out with chocolate and roasted flavors. Also pretty bitter from the hops, and no alcohol flavors come through like other high alcohol beers. Good mouth feel, full bodied with lively carbonation and finishes dry. Overall a delicious combination of chocolate and bitter!! Really enjoy this beer!
MikeTheWizard (13) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours very dark brown/black with a thick caramel colored head that stays foamy for a while. Aroma of cocoa and grapefruit. Very complex taste that flows with strong roasty nutty flavors, coupled with a good hoppy bitter punch. Velvety mouthfeel and milk chocolate aftertaste. A very good beer
daknole (8944) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From Boltz75555! Pours almost black with a cream colored head. Aroma has some earthy hops, lightly toasted malt, and some chocolate/caramel notes. Flavor is a subperb balance of hops and full malts, creamy, lightly sweet, finishes bitter and is a very well rounded beer.
HarvestrOfBeer (22) - , Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really nice dark IPA (Cascade Dark Ale or whatever). Looks like a stout, and has a fair amount of the roasted malt character you expect in a stout or porter. Definite hop aroma and initial bite that fades quickly. Quite drinkable, although it is a bit heavy for a true session beer.
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Chocolate malts are studded with citrusy hops and their bitter resins, while berries and roastiness develop even more complexity.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam covers the dark brown.
-I simply love the flavors Alaskan get from their grain bills.
-The mouthfeel is really comfortable; rich, but approachable.
-Alcohol is not that apparent in the flavor profile.
-Creamy, milk-like caramel flavors are also perfectly integrated.
On tap at Brouwers Cafť.