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 IBU’s. (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. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2010 On draft at O’Briens. Arrived black, opaque and thick, with a small beige head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is resplendant with dark roasty malts, fudge, earth and bold hops. Rich chewy flavors of chocolate, anise and heavy roast, are subdued by prominent resiny, west coast hops. Medium to full body and slightly prickly carbonation. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2011
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! Beaver (1801) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown black with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2014
The aroma is roasted malts, cola and some black licorice.
The flavor is roasted malts and black licorice with a little chocolate and molasses leading to a big charred / roasted bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with smooth carbonation.
Overall, it seems like more of a hoppy stout to me than a black IPA. Instead of fruity hops, I get the roasted bitterness.
Best by April 5, 2015.
trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Glass: Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Deep clear garnet through edges and opaque through the center with a tall and dense tan head persistent over the body.
Aroma: The aroma is prominent of hops, grassy, grapefruit and piney with a dash of caramel backing.
Taste: Moderately bitter with spicy and piney hops, the bitterness is clean and lingering. Just a hint of malts, slightly roasty and slight caramel. If I had my eyes closed I’d be hard pressed to guess this was a black IPA.
Palate: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: Solid black IPA, though I feel it leans more towards a West-Coast IPA with a dash of roasted malt. Not bad at all, but not in the same tier as Wookey Jack.
On tap at Brouwer’s Hopfest 2010. Hops, dark roasted malts, and... fuirt? Yep. Tropical, almost artificial fruit - like someone squeezed a gusher into a perfect black IPA. Or some barleywine. It overpowers the hops - I was expecting more from this. Pretty pour, though. Johnsense (1672) - - AUG 13, 2015
Black pour with a massive head. Dark chocolate, Pine, slightly woody. Balanced (which is to say not overly hoppy). Medium body Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2014
The nose is subtle with malt sweetness being the most prominent aroma. Pours a thick brownish-black with a non-lasting tan head and minimal lacing. The tastes is roasted malts, chocolate, hints of lactos and pine. Pine and wood are noted in the finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, good and quite drinkable, but I liked 5 Stone Firefly better - more robust flavors. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Quite nice. Above average, but not my favorite of this style (which is one of my all time favorites). Everything is going on here in the right ways, but I want a bit more roastiness in the malts. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Pours a deep brown that settles black in the glass with a large brown head. Aroma is roast, dark malts, hops, chocolate, soy, spices. Flavor is bitter hops, lots of roast, chocolate, cacao nibs, a good touch of alcohol burn. Nice big hoppy mean Double Black IPA.