Rock_Buffalo (14) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Children of Darkness India Black Ale has a tendency to surprise through contradiction. When the bottle is opened and you pour a nectar so dark that you feel you're staring into the abyss, you expect to be hit by a corresponding heady aroma, but instead the scent that wafts forth is subtle and tantalising, with a fortified edge that can easily be missed under sweeter notes that permeate early. The head on pouring is volatile, flaring up early before dying rapidly to a thin foamy icing that's glaringly white in contrast to the black ale below. On first taste you a struck a hefty blow with delicious chocolate and coffee, but this quickly transitions into a sweeter citrus edge as the brew lingers on your taste buds as the surprisingly light and refreshing Black Ale is rapidly consumed. An amazing drop that's well worth the search, especially for the chance to sit and mull over its complexities.
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice looking black IPA, smooth mouthfeel. Very big flavours for its ABV, some what of a texture and flavour I can't pick, peat / belgian yeast?
Westkyoto77 (542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Not a huge nose, but some burnt spicy malt, resiny hops present.
Pitch black body with a rough tan head.
Palate lighter than it looks, and a little heavy on the bubbles, but smooth and moreish. Somehow sweet and fruity to begin, moves into big juicy flavours of currants, liquorice, vanilla, espresso, and dark chocolate. Delicious hoppy bitterness to finish. Very nice indeed.
ALLOVATE (2475) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cap came off and beer ensued; could not get it into the glass quick enough as it literally exploded all over the kitchen bench. The author of seduction it finally settles in the glass. Three inches of rocky brown plume atop an inky black body. Strong note of eucalypt and hibiscus with notes of cola, roasted coffee bean and carob, charred pine-wood and camphor. Chalky, dry palate. Heftily smoky, bonfire ash finish. Hops are prevalent but the bitterness is well restrained (maybe it’s showing its age prematurely). Soft mouthfeel, soft presence with good length. Malt forward but with a lot of piney, woody, nutty hop and yeast nuances. An enjoyable brew without being in your face. Nice!! (33cL, Bottled October 2012, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
M_Sack (403) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a tan coloured frothy head. The aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and citrus fruit a little disappointedly muted. The flavours step up though with coffee, chocolate and vanilla creating a sweetish front to mid palate, dry roasted malts and a good whack of tropical fruit and pine hops to add great bitterness to the end. Very well balanced. A fine example of one of my favourite types of beer.
ShaneJ (582) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Plonk. Black, big frothy head, very bitter, light-medium body, coffee, vanilla, licorice, resiney/pine. Nice. (had one bottle which had no carbonation, but others have been fine).
Sevenlee (1411) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours totally black with a small brown head. Aroma is malt, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, fruit, notes and hops. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to a roasty and bitter finish. Pretty damn good.
Lunkie (1473) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cherry chocolate malt hop arms. Dark brown colour overprimed head and lacing. Sour malt chocolate flavour. Smooth palate.
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stoutnick (622) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2013 Black with light tan head. Aroma is fruity and roasted dark malt. Taste is roasty bitterness which lingers. Overall, one of the better black IPAs in Australia.
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 Tap pours with good head. Bottle. Pours opaque dark cola brown with no to light tan head and some lace. Aromas of toasty malts, chocolate, nuts, tropical fruit and dankness. Medium body, med low carbonation, tasty toast chocolate and tropical fruit and dank hop character. Moderate bitterness balanced with malt. Very tasty. Finish lingers with toasty choc semi sweet with a lingering bitter/dankness