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

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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (2005) - DENMARK - JAN 3, 2013
Bottle, bottled 2012-03-30. Dark brown with a small light brown head. Aroma is butterscotch, toffee, caramel, roasted malt. Taste is smooth with caramel, toffee, roasted malt. Smooth finish. Soft carbonation, creamy texture. Soft, creamy and not very hoppy for a black ipa, but as my bottle is a couple of months short of being one year old, perhaps some of the hop notes has worn off? Could use a stronger hop profile to balance the caramel, toffee, butterscotch notes.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1978) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
k0mpsa (1583) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle from kris wines, london. Black color, huge light brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, hops. Medium body, roasted malts, hops, some coffee. Quite basic but nice black ipa.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sevenlee (1528) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2013
Pours totally black with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, fruit, citrus and hops. Taste is light to medium sweet of fruity hops leading to a blasy hoppy finish. Great stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (1525) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2013
330ml bottle. Pours black in colour with a thick tan head leaving some lacing and aroma of roasted malt, coffee plus grapefruit hop. Taste is initially sweetish dark malt, roasted, smokey, coffee, followed by chocolate, raisins and fruity citrus grapefruit & pine hop bitterness. Nicely smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, clean finish with some lingering chocolate notes. Well balanced, very drinkable black IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1409) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2014
330mL bottled 10/14/14 Deep ruby-highlighted brown body, holds a tan head. Muted aroma somewhat; rich maltiness, lots of toasted nuttiness and cocoa, with resiny hops, hints of tropical fruits & leafiness. Full body, oily texture, seems stronger than abv suggests. Quite intense - burnt malts, cocoa, burnt sugar & toast, with hop notes of ripe rockmelon, peach, paw paw, leaves & mown grass. Strong bitterness, drying finish. Full on beer, there’s some interesting hop character in there, but somewhat overshadowed by everything else going on.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fletchfighters (1215) - AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2012
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1114) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1099) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle from déjàvu. Pours black with small beige head. Nose is full of roasted coffee, heavy malts, powdered chocolate and slight hoppy hint. Taste has espresso and chocolate tones up front with a slight bitter finish. Good black ipa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KeefOz (1093) - 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.


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