StevieT (571) - - 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.
Davros (1897) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a large tan head.
Nose shows tropical fruit, soft roasted malt, bready noets and very soft oak.
The roast plays a more dominant role as a flavour, with cocoa and nutty notes. Again, the oak is very soft. some lychee, pine and papaya are present too. Pretty awesome stuff.
Carbonation is perhaps just a little high.
mkel07 (3300) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Archive Beer Boutique July 2013. Middle of the road as far as black IPA’s go. Good combination of malt and hops that works wee but left me wanting more.
KeefOz (881) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured an opaque black with a slight mahogany edge tint (like a porter) and a one-finger light tan frothy head that retained well ands laced OK. Carbonation low. Aroma strongly of resin and citrus/grapefruit hops. Taste strongly of citrus hops with a trace of roasted malt. Medium body. Creamy mouthfeel with a long, nice, moderately bitter finish. Quite nice.
Theydon_Bois (8089) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split at the Black (IPA) Friday tasting, big thanks to Bro Josh, licker of men, 09/05/14.
Light black with a moderate tan covering that thins to edgework.
Nose is bitter roastings, pine, bitter grapefruit, cocoa powder.
Taste comprises light coffee notes, pine bite, tropicana, cocoa powder.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Adequate CDA - not one to revisit though!
Choos (595) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: big dry hop
App: dark brown with a fluffy tan head
Flavour: loads of hop balanced with some toasty malt
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Yancheng (1) - SINGAPORE - MAY 20, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cold: Opens with pine needles and a ton of juicy grapefruit in the aroma. Dang hoppy in the taste with tons of citrus rind and bitter finish.
Warm: Juicy qualities are still present but the vanilla nuance from oak starts taking over. Swirling it in my mouth, the coconut character of the barrel comes forward. There is very subtle chocolate roastiness in the taste. Some savouriness. Hops at the back, again. Extremely well done beer.
Medium bodied and the hops may cling a little too long.
fletchfighters (1056) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ML bottle
Black with a small tan head. Kind of unassuming really.
Nose is soft oak, lots of roast, chocolate, coffee and brash pine.
Taste is pretty much the same. Oak is soft at the end. A little bit of fresh oak taste. Otherwise lots of roast, grain, bitter pine, and chocolate.
Very dry in the palate. Little bit of green apple in the palate from the oak.
Low carbonation and medium feel.
Oak kind of turned me off but otherwise a very solid beer
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
9th May 2014
Leighton 10K tasting at Bruce’s pad. Cheers to Josh for sending this one over. Almost opaque darkish brown beer. Small pale cream coloured head. Palate is light and crispy and slightly dry. Very mild dark malts, just a touch of dark character. Piney hops, skunky and carrying a very citrus. Underneath is mild vanilla oak which sets this one aside from a lot of CDAs. Light dry finish. Very nice.
Maris (981) - 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 (199) - 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.