dDan (10) - - MAY 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Probably not the most balanced beer in the world but I love what is going on in this beer. Dark fruits, big bitterness and a strong yeasty character too.
Gramoit (379) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Been saving this for a while, could not wait any longer. Pours black with a creamy slightly tanned head. Some hops and roasted malts on the nose, neither taking more strong than the other. Plenty of chocolate and a hint of some coffee and some hops. For a beer with the intense flavours and alcohol content this beer goes down a treat. One of the better Black IPAs.
stoutnick (818) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2013 Mild hop character on the nose while thankfully the yeast is hidden on the smell. Taste is mild hop and some roast. Tasty. Yeast and hop interplay is ideal. Mildly fluffy and delicious - like dessert. Nice finish. Overall, one of the best black ipas i’ve had recently, but there are better, and given the price of this fella, it might be worth waiting to see what mach 3 brings. Just left wondering if some of the hop character had dissipated ober time for the one we tried.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad beer. Good flavour but a little unbalanced. One of the better australian BIPAs
CitrusP (61) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ The Albion. Poured a fantastic black with about a finger of slowly dissipating mocha coloured head. A lot of fresh pine hops in the aroma along with some chocolate and liquorice, maybe a hint of coffee/espresso. Bold hop flavours are a stand out, more funky than bitter though in this one, expected a little more bitterness. Really rich chocolate and aniseed taste comes through as well. Very nice on the palate, medium/thick and creamy. Aevrage amount of carbonation to help it slide down. A fairly gentle yet enjoyable after taste that is fairly long and a little bitter. My favourite from Newcastle Craft Beer Week.
fletchfighters (1324) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ML into a CBS snifter
Black, jet black. Big mocha colored head that falls off to a thick film. Leaving lots of spotty lacing.
Nose of chocolate, roast, caramel, pine and grapefruit. Big roast notes.
Chocolate, caramel, roast, Pine, grapefruit, and orange taste. Big roast again and a good hoppy fruit taste.
Medium feel, low carbonation. Oliy and slick in mouth. Chocolate does smooth out to Grapefruit, candied orange and chocolate covered orange. Pine and grapefruit finish.
Davros (2535) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a large, dark tan head.
Mixed aroma of heavy roasted malt and hops. Mainly pine and grapefruit in regards to the hops, along with some peppery notes.
Flavours follow along the same lines. Intense roasty malt (but with little complexity) followed by pine and a full-on roasty and hoppy bitterness.
Could use a more syrupy body.
Not particularly complex in terms of roast and hops, but still very enjoyable.
maneliquor (3480) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2013 Tap at Slowbeer. Looks good in the glass, nice foamy head with good lacing. Nose is very piney with heavy mocha flavours. A touch of grass there too. Pine needles and heavy chocolate work well together in the taste. Quite malt driven but works very nicely with the heap of piney hops in it. Very, very good beer
mkel07 (4664) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Archive. Midnight black in the glass with an even layer of tan foam. Great flavour and easy to drink. Holds the reasonably high alcohol content pretty well.
hawthorne00 (3162) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 11C. The image of Ned in cycling keks remains disturbing. Black with a large light tan head that fades but never disappears. Fruity aroma of nectarines, kumquats, pepper; some toffee and chocolate peek out underneath. Silky and really quite intriguing texture, low carbonation. Alcohol not noticeable. Sweet with stone and some tropical fruits, chocolate, citrus, pepper, anise, a little tingly Sichaun pepper. No particular roasted flavours. Bitter and quite spicy at the finish. Considerably more harmonious than I remember the original.