RSRIZZO (2034) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2010
22oz bottle poured into a Shaker at 42°. Color is black with a little purple coming through in the light. Carbonation is good producing a small light brown head. Aroma is sweet and roasted with a nice hop note. It has a bold medium body with a sharp mouth feel. Flavor is a deep roasted almost sour malt taste, bitter/sweet chocolate, floral hops and a light bitterness. After taste is sharp with the bitterness holding on and a faint metallic taste. Overall this is a very taste brew, its a little sharper then some of the other Black IPAs I’ve had but still I haven’t had one I don’t like. Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
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. Bill Becker (2003) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 14, 2014
It pours a black but not pitch black; holding the glass to the light proves it. Never the less, it’s a very appealing beer to look at with it’s small but stubborn head of foam and the decent amount of lacing.
The smell is a super amount of grapefruit, very bitter as you can imagine but it has a pleasant spicy bitterness to it that smells like a coffee thing going on. What roasted malt brings to the table?
The taste confirms my suspicions; this Black Ale is all aboot grapefruit from the hops and coffee from the malt.
Medium body and carbonation.
Well, my overall thoughts are that this Black Ale is one tasty son of a gun. Worthy of a go if you see it on a shelf near you. kathouse (1942) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Deep and dark with a nice cream head. Aroma of cola with a mild hop. Bitterness is smooth. Chocolate and a light pine flavor. It’s not the hoppiest of IPA’s, but very nice mouthfeel. 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.
Beaver (1866) - 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.SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2010
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.
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! Johnsense (1800) - - AUG 13, 2015
Black pour with a massive head. Dark chocolate, Pine, slightly woody. Balanced (which is to say not overly hoppy). Medium body keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Best by April 5, 2015.
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.