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

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3569) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3480) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2014 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. This years batch I much prefer than the previous lot I had. Really digging this one. Fairly aggressive bitterness which takes it to the next level. I like it

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle. Darkest brown with tan head. Pungent NZ hop aroma, grapefruit and melon, also some coffee and chocolate. Taste has grapefruit, peach, licorice, coffee and chocolate. A tad thin perhaps and moderate level of bitterness. Very tasty

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wim (3392) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
on vacation, dark brown black colored body with a large off-white head and with a spicy citrus fruity malt hops aroma a fruity malt hop dry bitter taste with a alcholic bitter finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (3287) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2015
Tap at Bitter Phew. Killer black IPA, sweetness tempers the normal roast grain bitterness. Black pour with tons of lacing. Mild roast grain aroma leads into taste that is equal parts sweet and bitter. Pleasant lingering bitterness (burnt toast) and sweet (dark chocolate).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawthorne00 (3165) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2012
In bottle, thanks Stuart. Pours a very dark brown colour with fair tan head. Aroma of roasty malt, sweet pumpkin, liquorice, pine and chocolate. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Alcohol is well balanced. Nicely bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maekchu (3044) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle.Nose of roast malt, piney hop, light chocolate, and alcohol fumes. Dark brown color with translucent edges and a light tan head. Flavors of roast malt, moderate piney hop, quite fruity, light citrus, and a gentle roast malt finish. Thin-medium body, light on the palate. Certainly a bit of a variant on the US version of the style (given the AUS hopping). Nice, but not really exceptional.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2769) - 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)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (2719) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a little brown head. Sweet malty and hoppy brew, lots of oranges.


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