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Brewed by Ekim Brewing Company
Style: Black IPA
Sydney, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 4.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
This is a dark and sexy beer (yep, ’sexy’: we think 9.2 % is down-right raunchy) and so we named it after the Nordic goddess of the underworld, ’HEL’. The beer pours black as sin, with a dense, long-lasting head. The aromas reveal burnt sugar and subtle roast, balanced by some heady citrus and pine notes. The mouth reveals a seriously smooth, but ballsy beer. The significant bitterness is perfectly balanced by uplifting passionfruit/citrus/pine flavours from the intense dry hopping, and deep, rich, toffee

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (1613) - - APR 20, 2014
Fruity aroma, surprisingly hoppy for a black IPA, mild roasted flavours, very sessionable which dangerous for such a strong beer. Well worth a try if you like your black IPA’s on the hoppy side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (15664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2015
Dark brown. Thin head. Aroma is chocolate mint, citrus. Body is full and there’s a lot of chocolate taste with rich bitterness and a shot of hoppy minty stuff. Good brew, big and balanced for this style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smokey_P (12) - Currumbin Valley, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2015
Beautiful beer. No hint of the 9.2%. Huge aromas of pine and citrus. Velvet mouthfeel with roasty & toffee or burned caramel characters to back the fruit load of the hops. Resin, so much sweet resin. Love this beer. A personal favourite. Be careful, it goes down well, especially as it warms.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2782) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2015
Pours black with a quickly fading head. Nose shows coffee, roasted malt, pine, resinous hops, fruity confectionery. Nice. similar flavours: coffee, piny hops, roasted malt, soft sweet malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShaneJ (822) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle from Slowbeer (June 2014). Oily black, creamy tan head, roasted malt, ash, pine hops, toffee, stonefruit, coffee grounds, sweet malt dominated by resiney pine bitterness, full body, thick texture. Sneaks up on you, but very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (5162) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2015
On tap at Tomahawk Bar 170115. Deep black colour and looked a lot bigger bodied in the glass than it felt in the mouth. Good combination of maltiness and happiness with hops winning the battle in the mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2014
Small tan head dark pour medium carbonation aromas pine passionfruit stone fruit honey the flavours caramel medium strong bitter toffee resin lovely pine apricot passionfruit crisp and balanced black ale tastes outdo a strong alcohol volume the finish classy ale love the hops pine and bitter rich toffee linger good tasting BIPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Choos (730) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2014
Aroma: malt, prune, coffee, chocolate and citrus hop Appearance: black with a heart of murky brown, tan head, sheet lacing Flavour: grassy and citrus with some choc and brandy notes balanced with loads of malt. Palate: long hop finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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