Maris (1023) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a 330ml bottle on 11/5/2014. Pours a very dark tan with a medium head. The aroma is fruity, floral and a touch roasty. Flavour wise, it beautifully balanced with caramel, fruit, a touch of coffee and a very firm but not over the top hop bitterness. This is definitely on the sweeter side for a black IPA but damn it drinks well. The palate is a touch creamy and the carbonation is medium. Really smooth and supremely well integrated. Can’t recall having a Black IPA which is better than this.
LesArgen (223) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just what you’d expect from a good BIPA. Roasted malt and coffee blended with a magnificent hop aroma. Not sure what hops - galaxy? The palate is solid and the roasted coffee flavour is prominent in the mouth. Lovely.
jackl (4980) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Chez Bruce. Deep brown, small head. Earthy roast, compost pile. Cocoa and dark chocolate. Taste of chocolate coffee ice cream. Roasted wood. Nice sweet/bitter balance. Medium body, soft carb.
Scopey (7430) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Josh. It pours darkest brown with a small light tan head. The nose is rich roasty, varnish, citrus peel, potpourri, floral, toast and dirt. The taste is toasty, earthy, caramel, roasted malt, decent bitterness, varnish and pine needles with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Solid black IPA.
Leighton (11874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Josh! Pours deep black-brown with a frothy beige head. Some chocolatey roast in the snout, juicy citrus fruits, ripe berries. Medium sweet flavor with dusty milk chocolate, understated roast, old chocolate cake, toasted grass, ripe grapefruit, orange. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Burnt sugars on the finish, very slight resins, mild roast, more milk chocolate. Pretty nice.
thecraftofbeer (1) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black in colour with a dark cream, almost brown head. Very piney/resinous on the nose but taste is incredible! Smokey and creamy but also nice and hoppy!
Rangi (605) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black poor with a superb tan head. Big aroma of fruit and pine. Taste is bitter and smooth with a nice amount of sweetness to keep the dark malts from being to bitter and astringent. Well brewed black ipa maybe even the best I’ve had so far. Will be ordering again!
Niksko (378) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Nose is pretty fruity, some pineapple and orange. There’s also a little coffee and charcoal. Flavor is burnt toast, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, orange, pine. Medium bodied, with a lingering mouth feel. Pretty complex, very tasty.
StevieT (740) - AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Pours a very dark brown, strong oak aroma with hints of roasted malt, smooth and rich. Give it a go.
vinhol (308) - AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 mil bottle from Low buy Lilydale nice resin hops in the aroma black in colour tan head taste is smooth hoppy roasted malts not as bitter as other black ipa’s