Davros (1994) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a large, dark tan head.
Nose shows hefty coffee, rich roasted malt and oatmeal. Very tempting!
Similar flavours: rich roasted malt characters, espresso and earthy sweet coffee. A nice amount of underlying sweetness too.
Great creamy carbonation.
Amazing how much roasted complexity while keeping things approachable. Ridiculously drinkable.
davidm (1936) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 4, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at the Rainbow Hotel. Great, very well balanced coffee beer. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Taste is sweet and bitter, with very long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Black, with a frothy off-white head.
gam (3287) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near oily pour large tan head dark pour medium carbonation aromas strong coffee like an essence rich chocolate light vanilla dry cocoa the flavours bitter chocolate medium ibu coffee bean fresh dark tasting mild vanilla sweet liquorice cocoa the finish strong malt and bitter mild sweetness the flavours sit on the palate long and rewardingly
hawthorne00 (2482) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, slight gusher. 14C. Black with a large tan head that fades to a good coat. Coffee and chocolate aroma with some pine. Oily mouthfeel. Woah, caffeine! Taste is barely sweet, but there’s some fudginess to the chocolate. Lots of coffee. Firm bitterness means that the astringency of the coffee doesn’t quite dominate.
Maris (1000) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 330ml bottle on 27/5/2012. Pours close to black with a massive thick tan head (gushed a little). Has a huge aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt, with a touch of smoke. The flavour follows suit with masses of bitter dark roast coffee, sweet chocolate, cocoa and a little caramel. Exhibits an excellent sweet/bitter balance. Has a long roasty hop finish. The body is medium. My only criticism is that its a tad over carbonated. Otherwise, this an outstanding stout with explosive flavour. HopDog is one Aussie craft brewer showing heaps of promise and a willingness to make beers with real character.
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle- very dark beer, with a great coffee aroma and flavour. Thick and creamy, a well made beer. Not for the faint of heart, good coffee and malt bitterness finish.
Jessop (207) - AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drank a bottle sample and also from brewery tap. This is a big rich beer from Hopdog. It pours back and heavy with a nice foam cap that in my samples didn’t last. The aroma is redoldant of rich espresso, chocolate and dark roasted malts. The flavour profile doesn’t dissappoint its coffee, rich dark malts, coffee, some hop there to balance it out and possibly some more coffee to round it out. An interesting beer.