maneliquor (2295) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours pitch black with a small, long lasting off white head. Nose is a little one dimensional but pleasant enough. Loads of piney hops and some coffee behind it all. Quite a grassy undertone. Taste is full of grassy and piney hops with quite a resinous feel. Coffee on the finish. Slight bitterness is overrun by a moderate sweetness. Pretty nice beer. Only downfall is the mouth feel, quite thin but solid length
davidm (1872) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Brenhophead (473) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!!!
Davros (1725) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a large, light tan head.
Nose shows fruity hops, with pinapple and passion fruit the most prominent.
Underneath is roasted malt and nutty notes. Very tempting.
Roasted malt takes precedence over the hops in the flavours, with nutty, biscuit-like malt and earthy coffee notes at the forefront. Not too much in the way of hops other than in the piny, grapefruit-like assertive bitterness.
Could use a richer body.
fletchfighters (934) - AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured dark cola and settled black, hints of ruby show through. Light brown layer of film. Excellent staying power to this. Good lacing.
Smells of chocolate covered orange with dirty, gritty pineapple and orange hybrid. Good nose.
taste is a bit odd but good. a little rubbing alcohol but it is restrained. Really do not notice the body as the hop profile dominates. Orange, pine and grapefruit. all muddled together and very dirty.
palate is a little meh but good. A little bit of metallic pine and grapefruit but oily in the front and mid and low carbonation.
I like this. Very different and to me the hop character is what stands out. Not the body of this.
hawthorne00 (2108) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2013 [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.