BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Bomber bottle and served in Bells snifter: Pours a deep brown with ruby and amber highlights topped by a frothy beige head, good lace. The aroma has notes of grassy, herbal and resin hops along with debittered black, roasted, toasted and a hint of wheat husks malting. Some anise, tobacco, leather, tar, bakers chocolate, coffee and walnuts too. The taste is nicely balanced between layers of dark malts and classic hops but there is a hint of pine and citrus too. Undertones of licorice, molasses, plums, mango, McCafe Mocha coffee drink, and smoke. The mouth feel is lively and aggressive, utterly dangerously drinkable at 8.5 ABV with very little of the ashy or chalky tones found in many Black IPAs. This is well put together and worthy of a try for anybody digging the new frontier of craft brews. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Courtesy of Secret Santa December 2010joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle: The aroma has lots of chocolate and caramel along with some very faint pine. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights around the outer edges of the glass and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate and caramel. The finish has light smoke and pine. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Pretty tasty, but nothing really IIPA-ish about it...more like a hoppy porter.
Celebrator 23rd Anniversary party 2011. It pours dark brown with an orange/tan head. The aroma is citrusy, toffee and a bit of cocoa. The flavor is roasted and bitter with some caramel, coffee and roasted malt. kaser (6312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Black pour from draft at uncle mikes. Graham cracker and coffee aroma. Tan head. Sweet and marshmallow yet dry finish. Weird. Don't love it or hate it luttonm (6271) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Draft at Brouwer’s Hopfest. Creamy black pour, tight bubbled head. Oddly fruity nose, artificial and candy. Transfers to body, huge fruity hopping. doesn’t mesh with appearance. Dark malts are very hidden, very fruit-forward and not like fresh hop. tropical, citrus, mango? finsihes a touch bitter. A very odd one.
nuplastikk (6254) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2011
22oz bottle shared at DC tasting 5/11. Amber-brown-black. Brown sugar, burnt toffee aroma. Smooth malt tones. Captures the essence of the style quite well, with lots of burnt chocolate bitterness. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Would like to sit down and drink a whole bottle of this. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2011
(Draught) clear espresso/ruby, creamy tan head. Nose of chocolate malt, citrus hoppy. Taste is very chocolaty, citrus peel bitterness, but very well balanced. Light coffee and cream here too. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate and roasted malt with a little bit of pine. This does not smell like some of the hoppier Black IPAs that I have tried.
The flavor is like the smell. I get quite a bit of roasted/burnt malt and chocolate, with some piney hops. I also get some cream in the flavor and a low amount of bitterness.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
In short: A very tasty but very messy resinous black IPA. Meh.Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - NOV 9, 2014
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed relatively fresh about 2 months after purchase. Bottle sent to me by mcberko. Thanks a lot Matt
The look: Black body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose of resinous fruity and piney hops in a cup of milk chocolate. Taste is cake malts, black chocolate, thick rich caramel, lots of hops resin, strong lactic character, concentrate apricots juice, a shot of espresso, pine needles, black liquorice candy, fresh juicy dark fruits, a bit of tart lemons, more… Ok, so I’m listing a bunch of usual flavors that one can expect to find in many black IPAs. But somehow here the whole is less, a lot less, than the sum of its parts. The overly resinous hops totally clashed with the caramelized dark fruits, not enough roastiness and the beer felt too sticky syrupy, and why does it feel so milky? And I could go on... This is a tasty beer no doubt but it is just a bunch of flavors that are far from harmonious. The beer just tries to throw everything at you. This feels like an amateurish beer that just throws a bunch of stuff at you. Not something I would expect from a professional brewery like Alaskan. This is a really disappointing offering from a brewery I usually enjoy. I used to pretty much love all Black IPAs. If it was roasted and very hoppy I liked it. Now I’m a lot discerning in appreciation of Black IPAs. I guess I’m growing as a person, because you know, I sure ain’t growing as a plant.
Stamped in white at bottom right corner, says "040515", it’s a best by stamp, no worries.
This was poured into a snifter because it’s considered an imperial black ale.
The appearance was a pure black color with a soft off white to tan filmy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing clung and slid adequately. The smell started off extremely piney and sharp in a bitter citrus department. As it warmed, a light sweet bitter and somewhat dark chocolate malt entered in lightly.
The taste was bittersweet - tried and true - all the way, nice sweet to bitter dark chocolate over top of a combined pine/citrus. Nice sweet and bitter chocolate to citrus aftertaste leading to a semi-dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was actually somewhat subdued, somewhat smooth.
Overall, honestly, this was a pretty good black ipa. I’d definitely have it again.