KeefOz (1489) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured an opaque black with a very slight mahogany edge tint at the base. Frothy one- to two-finger tan frothy head that diminished slowly to a collar that laced OK. Carbonation low. Aroma of nice soft moderately strong roasted malt and a hint of dark chocolate; alcohol well hidden. Taste initially strongly roasted malt with some burnt tones but then becomes sweet with a slight earthiness and a slight bitterness: alcohol well hidden. Medium body. Smooth and slightly sweet with a slight coffee bitterness on the finish. Really nice packaging and well marketed but the bottle content is disappointing. From their Black Box of Dark Ales release.
hawthorne00 (3412) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost black with a tan head that fades quickly to a good coat. Aroma of roasted malt, blackberries, some molasses, weeds. Smells like it’s going to be a bit on the thin side. But it’s only a little so and very smooth with lowish carbonation. Heavy roast, some burnt and rubbery notes. Light berries, some coffee, grass /weeds. Dries out with decent bitterness at the end. Underwhelming.
bmeup (635) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Part of Black Box of Dark Ales. Very dark, but not black, slight tinge of red on the edges. Roasted malt, some wood fired smoke, hint of fruitiness in the hops. Sweetness is minimal though quite smooth and chocolate like, no coffee which is really good, dislike coffee and coffee infused beers.
fletchfighters (1390) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A-- Served black. Just tints of ruby at the base and near the head. Pretty simple I suppose. Half finger of light brown head that stuck around the film area after settling. No carbonation shown and left good ringed lacing through drinking.
S-- Lots of roast but a soft nose. Straightforward nose. Roast, coffee, dark chocolate and no hops. Very English RIS.
T-- Roasted malt, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. No bite to this at all. Just an attack of roastyness.
M-- Coffee acidity really grows in the feel. Kind of a turn off. Really forward with the roast, no sweetness to smooth this out. Just coffee, roast and chocolate. Seriously needs some sweetness to mellow this out.
O-- Strengths, well hidden ABV and by style done well.
Weakness, weak nose, lacks sweetness compensate for the roast and coffee. Just became a harsh, acidic beer in the end. Interesting beer from a brewery that has a real good base range but this was just an average one off beer.
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - APR 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Local Taphouse in Sydney. Pours black with a creamy off white head. Smells roasted, smokey, malty. Tastes salty, medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Medium bodied, oily texture. Finishes bitter and salty with a long duration.
mkel07 (4978) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Archive. Very thick and chewy in the mouth with great flavour.RIch, smooth and velvet like in the mouth. Not one that you drink quickly, one to sit sip and enjoy.