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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Alaskan Double Black IPA is a combination of beer styles, with a flavor profile most similar to an Imperial IPA and the dark black color and rich flavors usually found in heartier stouts and porters.
The Black IPA, also called "Cascadian Dark Ale" or "American-style India Black Ale," is a relative newcomer to the craft beer world. We may not know what to call it yet, but we do know its dark and its hoppy and we cant get enough of it.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9964) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours very dark brown with a medium sized beige head. The aroma is roasted malt, herbal, citrus and some resiny character. The flavor blends the roasted malts and the hops nicely. Resin and citrus hops are the most noticeable. Additional hints of dark chocolate and herbal hops are there. Medium bodied and overall a pretty nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9925) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2011
22 oz. bottle from curly- thanks again, Jason! Pours a deep, somewhat clear brown color with a thick, resilient, rocky beige head that sticks to the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops, pine, toasted and chocolate malts, brown sugar, earth, and dark fruits. Flavor of toasted malts, pine resin, grapefruit, earthy hops, chocolate, toast, and nuts. Medium-bodied, with a bitter, earthy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Double Black IPA- I like it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
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 Caf.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9299) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2010
fresh bottle. nose is soft mixture of cocoa-accented dark fruit syrup, bitter dark chocolate and mild to medium herbal spice (dried hop leaves, grass, spring spice cabinet) - all with subdued strength. texture is at first chewy with medium to full body, then turns dry, pungent and bitter, with a spiced herbal hop flavoring tingling the tongue for minutes afterward. light cocoa butter and grapefruit rind in the finish, but it turns somewhat thin/watery as well. still, not a bad version, and it seems to be a medium-strength stout hopped up to IPA levels.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2011
On Tap at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids, Longmont 15/09/2010 Hoppy aroma. Dark coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy with a bitter roast malt finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8987) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle. Blackish beer with a brown head. Malt and roast aroma with light chocolate and light pine. Pine and grapefruit flavor with chocolate and caramel. Medium bodied. OK bitterness. Chocolate and malt linger with caramel, pine, and grapefruit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8942) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bomber from Brewforia, thanks to Eric for the haul. Pours a totally black hue with a large light brown head that is very creamy. A nice roasted nose, chocolate and ash, sweet citrus hops. The flavor is very nice; chocolate, rich porter elements, sweet malts/caramel. The hop presence is certainly there, mostly citrus and very light bitterness at the edges. It works. Another example of how nice this new style is. A creamy palate.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (8934) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Pours out pitch black with a light chocolate milk-brown head, very thick, much like a stout. And the aroma is super enticing. Deep green grassy hops, with just a hint of cocoa and molasses. Taste is out of the ordinary indeed, as this is my first Black IPA and I didnt know what to expect. Massively hopped, yet not too bitter. Odd. The molasses from the nose comes back, with a certain nuttiness and smoked toffee. Same bitterness as a harsh porter, but with a greater hop profile. Odd, yet delicious! I can see myself liking this style. Supremely balanced with enough of a malt backbone to combat the hop onslaught, and easily drinkable. Velvety and smooth texture. Just a good beer. The only downside is that the finish has a certain sour quality about it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8882) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle shared at Pauls Thanksgiving tasting. Pours near black with an off white head. The aroma has grassy floral hops with light roasty notes. The flavor has a medium roast and a light sweetness, with floral and lightly citric hops. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8508) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bomber pours nice and dark supporting a mocha head. The aroma offers up a mix of dark roasted malts to burnt malts as well as a blending of pine hops and chocolate malts. Nice. The taste is similar dark roasted malts, some burnt malts and a dash of dark roasted coffee. These notes are mixing with lesser amounts of chocolate, toffee candy and spicy black licorice. Behind those sweeter and roastier flavors are moderately strong notes of various hoppiness consisting of mostly pine hops. It comes together nicely. Yum.


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