Baranof Island MC Black IPA
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Malt: two row, crystal, wheat, chocolate and roasted barley Hops: nugget, cascade, CTZ Brewed on St Patrickís Day for an Irish man named Paul Columb, M.C. stand for Mr. Columb according to the tea toddlers but we all know it stands for something very, VERY, bad to others (miserable c**t) and is what Mr. Columbs sometimes references people as. MC Ale combines the dark flavored malts of a stout with the bold citrusy hop flavors of our IPA.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2012
This ale was called McHaleís Black IPA when we visited the brewery on 08/30/2012 but I assume it is the same as the one listed based on the description. Draft pours black with thick brown head. Aroma of roasted malts. Flavors of smoke, burnt wood, and light pine. Very smooth on the palate with a nice hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21690) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Draft at AK BW fest 2016. Black color, brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of burnt brownies. Taste is bittersweet coffee. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Draught at GABBF. Pours opaque black with a medium, bubbly beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast malt, earthy and herbal hops, prunes and leather. Flavor is bitter roast malt, moderate pine hops and bitterness with prunes and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bulk_Carrier (3891) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2014 On the appearance, she pours an absolute awesome "jet black" colored body and leaves a nice frothy/foamy sort of half fingered head that must last for at least a minute. Lacing just awesomely clings superbly to the glass riding on an awesome slightly that wants to be speckled as I see some light spots. The aroma, well, I could say its quite close to perfection for an American Black Ale, whoah - ok (Baranof before I go forward, this beer is gonna get you noticed in the world of beer). I just wonder how to describe an absolute superbly stellar American Black Ale, hmmm.... ok chocolate combined with bitter hops, bitter coffee tones, wonderfully combining to settle in an absolutely spectacular aroma to appease hopheads and maybe the malt heads as well. The taste, whoah, once again, Iím amazed, just wondering for the masses how many American Black Ales anyone out there has had, because personally, Iíve had a fair amount and this one comes across as an absolutely almost perfect American Black Ale as the bitter hops pervade through a super nice chocolately sort of feel. Aftertaste is hoppy and slightly bitter. On the palate, she comes across as slightly bitter and harsh on the mouth and tongue like a decent American Black Ale should, sessionable - hmmm...maybe - perhaps. Carbonation comes across somewhat harsh which is good for the style and good to me Overall, ok Baranof, really, where has this American Black Ale been all of my life....sigh, though Iím not a true fan of the style but recognize enough of the qualities that are supposed to come in this style, in my opinion, you have knocked this one out of the park. Go on, make Alaska famous. This one, I absolutely entirely hope will be bottled and will be sent South to the lower 48. Please do it, they need to know, this is an absolutely stellar beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kathouse (1642) - Nevada, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Pours a deep black/brown with a thick foam head. Strong hop aroma of citrus, pine, and spice. Thin body throws this black ale of balance. Very bitter hops have little malt body and lingers well in to the finish. I must admit Iím not an IPA fan and this didnít help change my mind. Hop heads would not share my point of view and Iím ok with that.

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