AleSwiller (1) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I have a great advantage in that I live close to this brewery, that enables me to get 19L keg fills. This is good as I love this beer, it is just so deep in flavour and after taste. A beer that just keeps on giving!
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Olinda Cellars. Exceptional, very tasty. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, liquorice. Taste is sweet and bitter, with very long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Black, with a frothy head.
Pyobon (861) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Black with huge beige head. Lovely aroma mixing chocolate and hop pine. Full bodied with excellent mouthfilling velvety carbonation. Dark chocolate and dark roast malt flavours from start to finish with plenty of bitterness steadily building. Overall an excellent beer.
gav12c (119) - Wollongong, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap@ the illawarra brewery.pours black as midnight with a thick tan head that lingers. hops up front in the aroma with some subtle roasted notes which is all magnified in the flavour.
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at the brewery. Great dark malt and hop aromas. Lovely combination of roasted malt bitterness and over the top hop bitterness. Very nice beer.
Sevenlee (1197) - 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.
M_Sack (281) - 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.
stoutnick (386) - 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.
ALLOVATE (2281) - 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)
Westkyoto77 (441) - 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.