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Bridge Road / Mikkeller The Dark Harvest

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Brewed by Bridge Road Brewers
Style: Black IPA
Beechworth, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bridge Road Brewers together with gypsy brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller created a one off brew one Friday evening of March 2012. The result is The Dark Harvest. Inspired by the timing of the collaboration, it was decided to make a dark beer, using locally grown fresh hops. Of several research hops being grown at Rostrevor Hop Garden, one variety stood out for selection and was harvested just hours before being added to this beer.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2334) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2014
An impressive beer from start to finish. It produces up a midnight brown with a big, whipped cream, cappuccino foam that trails a mean lace. Nose hints at twiggy bark, mocha and bitter/sweet roasted cocoa beans, tree resin, pine needles and smoky phenols. Similar in the mouth. A lean towards strong, roasted malts over hops proves to work well. Body is medium and it lingers oh so long between sips. Smoky, chalky and woody with huge roasted coffee and bitter, dark chocolate notes. Light note of stonefruit and citrus pokes out from underneath giving it a supple juiciness. Quite dry overall with just enough sweetness for complexity. Wow, this is good. Gets better as it warms. A smashing ale. Well done! (33cL, Bottled on 10/04/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KeefOz (836) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottled 10/4/14. Poured a very dark brown with a one- to two-finger light tan foamy head that retained well and laced well. Aroma of sweet fruity hops and chocolate malt. Taste of dark chocolate with a hint of roasted coffee with a citrus hops bitterness. Medium body. Creamy mouthfeel with coffee bitterness on the finish. Well worth trying.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosslew (180) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2014
A lot of everything. A bit of nut, some coffee, a tad of licorice, toast and malt. But none overpowers the other. Wonderful on palate. Like a lollie bag. A great dark beer that isn't too black. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dervock (432) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle - pours black with a big off white head. Toasty malt , medicinal herb and nettles aroma and also good hint of citrus, lots going on in the aroma. Hops hit up front then the malt comes in before a nice dry bitter hop finish. Nicely balance mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
hank37 (3) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2014 does not count
Nutty flavours definitely come through, I dunno about wet-hopped beers, i don’t find them punchy enough?. It’s a good beer, nonetheless.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
varanid99 (460) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2014
Deep brown, almost black pour with a light brown head. Malty, chocolatey, coffee aromas with a little citrus. Taste is similar, slightly sweet too, hops are more noticeable than in the aroma. Pretty damn good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wvhoran (75) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle shared with Dad. A very dark brown to black beer with a nice pillowy creamy tan head. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, dark chocolate, orange, and light coffee. Mild sweetness, grapefruit and peachy flavour, a touch resiny, grassy. Roasty finish, good bitterness. Really enjoyed this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
Dark brown. Aroma is floral/citrusy bright hops with a decent amount of roast. Rich woody/citrus hop bitterness and toasty hop. Right in line w the style, good, balanced and flavoursome.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (953) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2013
From a 330ml bottle on 20/12/2013. Should be taken off the retired list as this one was bottled on 18/3/2013 (ie. it looks like an annual). Pours the darkest of amber with a huge foamy head (bottle gushed on opening). Has a moderate aroma featuring chocolate malt and fruity hops. Tastes of choc and caramel malt with some firm, slightly grapefruity hops following. Has a slightly creamy texture and lively carbonation. Exhibits fantastic balance and goes down super easy for 6.6%. a really good black IPA, which isn’t a surprise given Mikkeller is involved.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2441) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2013
Bottled. Pours deep brown with a small lacing, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus, pine and coffee. Sweet flawor that ends up more dry. Medium to full bodied, oily text. and soft carb. A nice black IPA indeed.


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