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

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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 17, 2012
On tap at beer de luxe. Very tasty, with very good balance. Aromas of coffee, grass, and caramel. Taste is sweet and bitter, with very long length. Palate is creamy and full bodied. Looks are beautiful; black with a big frothy head.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brenhophead (551) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2012
330mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head and an upfront big orange and mango aroma but as it settles the coffee rears its head. Wow! this beer is pitch black but the moment it hits your tongue its orange, mango, lemon and then as it warms in the mouth you get a little choc + licorice. This beer is like that Christmas you have dreamed of where you, your parents and your wife’s parent mingle and get along with each other all day long. Amazing beer ill be back for many more!!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sinkas (273) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle Surprised by the beautiful fresh hoppy aromas that stick out of tje mild dark malt and spicines Wonderful complez citrusy and crosp ipa like palate Bloody tasty

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yespr (30908) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2012
33 cl bottle. Pours dark brown with a minimal head. Aroma is dense pine and apricot aroma, peachy and grapefruity. Smooth fruity, dense maæty and solid hoppy. Smooth, dark malty and crisp hoppy into a smooth dense finish. Stunning.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gramoit (353) - AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2013
Pours jet black with excellent head retention. Brillaint on the nose, lots of grapefruit and hints of chocolate and some coffee. Each gulp gave me hops and first then coffee afterwards. Possibly the best black IPA I have had so far.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wvhoran (194) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2383) - 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)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawthorne00 (2408) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2012
UPDATED: APR 25, 2014 [April 23 2012] Bottle, 13C. Clear dark brown with a light tan head that fades to a coat. Aroma of chocolate, orange, grapefruit, some bread. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Not all that sweet but there’s toffee, bread and chocolate; bitter oranges and light spices. Bitter but not severe finish and there’s no sense of the hops having to struggle out from underneath to make their presence felt. Very inviting weight. No clashing or muddled flavours. Delicious. [8 3 8 5 17= 4.1]

[May 17 2012]A little of the zesty edge is already muted.

2013 version, April 17. Growler. Almost black with a large light tan head that lasts well. Aroma of cocoa, fudge, flowers, pine, grapefruit, passionfruit. Much less citrus than last time, pretty clearly a different hop. Shame, I loved the choc-orange. Similar balance, but perhaps a little more bitterness and the pine shines though at the end too. Really very nice but doesn’t quite do it for me like last time. [8 4 7 4 15 = 3.9] Leaving score as is.

2014 version. Back to that choc-orange. A little more bitterness or just (even) less sweetness than the original version? Food: sweet Gorgonzola on Challah.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmmarshall (15) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2013
This would be my favorite brown ale. A great balance of malt and hops. Nice hop bitterness. Very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awall (5) - AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2013 does not count
One of the better black IPA’s I’ve tried. Good balance between hop and roasted malt character. Decent mouthfeel and carbonation. Very tasty, would def get again.


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