jsquire (4537) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2012
On tap at Humpy’s in Anchorage. Black beer with ruby tints when held against the light. Very sticky beige head and a nice citrus hop nose. Malty beer with some toast and roasted grain flavors. Lots of grapefruit rind and citrus hops. Very nice beer. cubs (10677) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle @ home. I enjoyed the Double Black IPA version that these guys released, so hopefully this is similar. Black appearance with a small, brown head. Very roasty, dark chocolate malty, espresso, cocoa, moderately piney/herbal hoppy aroma. Bitter, roasty chocolate malty, piney, organic hoppy flavor. Pretty good but not excellent. Zeswaft (1775) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2012
First of all, what an annoyingly long description for a beer. Shut up and drink it. Especially, because this is pretty good. A little thin feeling but the flavors are all there. Hoppy, pine and roasted chocolate malt. Tip, don’t eat cookie dough and then drink this. The combo tastes fishy. mcberko (18434) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
12 oz. bottle, pours a dark brown with a small white head. Aroma of roasted malt, hops, licorice and some sweetness. Flavour of roasted malts upfront, with very bitter hops to finish. Not so well balanced, with a high astringency on the second half of the palate. Decent.
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Pours deep brown with off white head. Nose is pleasant with oaky malt and grassy hop notes. On the tongue mostly sour with toast, almond, and salted peanut finishing with a tangy, almost biting resinous hop. A decent IPA but expected more from Alaskan.
notalush (5897) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Pour is very dark ruby, nearly black - moderate tan lace - smell is more like a hoppy stout - quite a bit of dark malt, chocolate, anise, char - there is some fairly strong, woody hop character as well, which well with the more roasty notes, so overall the aroma is very pleasant, if not completely to style - flavor is drier than the aroma suggests - quite roasty and bitter - first, the bitterness of dark malt, followed by some char, then some fairly strong, woody hops - pretty acidic on the tail end - a little bit of licorice - decent flavors happening, but unlike better examples, where the hops and darker malts play off of each other, their character here never seems to completely come together - a decent beer, but it could be a lot better. BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Bottle. A nice India Dark Ale. Roasted malts and pine. Mild bitter finish with a coffee aftertaste. DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Bottle. Dark black pour, lasting 1/4 inch head and a nice hoppy and slightly chocolatey aroma. Flavor is nice roasty malt, light peppery hops and a little more chocolate on the aftertaste. Nice representation of the style and very well priced. chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2012
bottle. hey alaskan made a decent beer! Not usually a fan of their beer but this is above average for a change. Maybe I’m just partial to the style. Could stand to have a little more hop bitterness. Leans more to the stout side of things. leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Being walking distance from the source, I’ve had a chance to try this several times already, and have noticed some variability. Maybe it was my palate. In general, appears stout-like and aromas are fairly true to the IPA style. Would not guess the color if it was a blind smell test. Few roasted barley aromas, if any. Flavor profile is pretty well balanced with a good dose of northwest hop varietals and some roastiness to go along. Not the most memorable but a solid compromise beer for someone who enjoys both stouts and IPAs.