orange_3084 (67) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, near black colour. Opaque. Medium tan head with good retention. Nose mainly takes a cocoa/coffee character. Hops take second fiddle here with some pine notes in the background. Mouthfeel doesnít agree with appearance, thinner than expected. Smooth taste, dark malt character. Thereís an assertive hop bitterness, but itís definitely the dark malt flavours that linger. Donít think this is much like an IPA, more a porter style beer with hop character. A nice beer nonetheless.
EdKing (1556) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle brought back from Oz by my friend Martin. Colour is opaque very dark brown medium foam off white head. Nose is roasted malt, dusty chocolate, resiny hop, pine, black treacle, blueberry, black coffee, musty grain, some tropical fruit like papaya. Taste is black treacle, tropical fruit, then roasted malt, black coffee. On the finish itís roasted malt and black coffee, bit of that dusty cocoa and musty grain.
Rangi (498) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really enjoyed this black Ipa. Great black poor with a nice soapy head lasting throughout the beverage. Aroma of dry coco slight aroma of some fruitiness from the hops but nothing dominant. Taste is dry very dry but there is a nice mellowness achieved that rings that dryness in and doesnít ruin the experience. Packed full of flavour this beverage with coco and coffee just coming through at times then some superb bitter fruit flavour. Enjoyable beer.
LesArgen (173) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was my first black IPA a few years ago at the end of a Josie Bones session and it was love at first sight. You really have to cock up a BIPA for me not to like it. It was nice to hook up again with my first love, though of course, like so many seminal experiences, itís not quite as good the second time around.
The aroma is coffee and burnt toast with a strong overlay of really fresh lemon citrus. The balance flips on the tongue with the toast and coffee more dominant. Itís all there, though the thin palate lets it down a little.
StevieT (206) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy aroma, pours very dark opaque brown. Has a strong roasted, bitter flavour and coffee aftertaste. A surprisingly good drop. Buy it now!
gnoff (7036) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 33 cl at Penny Blue, Melbourne. On July 29, 2013.
Black color, tan head. Sweet, roasted, bitter taste. Roasted aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Sweet, roasted, hoppy scent.
Travlr (9869) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Australia. Clear brown color, massive beige head, great retention, nice lacing. Aroma of funky brownies. Taste is bitter pine and cocoa. Decent.
vinhol (102) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
330 ml bottle nice hoppy aroma deep black with tan head very bitter with a pepper taste not sure about the taste
Leighton (8685) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home in London - many thanks to Josh for the trade. Pours deep, clearish brown with a large, frothy tan cap; looks great. The nose gives off baking cocoa, burnt marshmallows, toasted pine. Light to medium sweet flavor with moderate roasted malts, further bittersweet baking cocoa, some grapefruit rind, earth, char, ash. Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Bitter ashy roast to finish, dark bread, dirty pine, earth, bitter chocolate. Decent.
jdpeebs (684) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml Bottle- A very good beer.............................................