ALLOVATE (2555) - Perth, - OCT 4, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On draught @ Sail & Anchor, Fremantle.
Blackened shade of brown in the glass and seemingly opaque. Head is well retained; a dense, creamy tan mass that leaves a thin lace. Pine resin and camphor dominates the nose. Undertones of dusty chocolate malt, stripped pinewood and rose petal come through as does an edge of very bitter herbs like wormwood. Creamy and meaty on the palate are as good as it got personally. There is a rough dark wood and smoke flavour that is swallowed whole by way too much pinewood. Camphorous like spraying insect killer into one’s mouth. Weedy and herbally acrid leaving the palate stripped of all feeling. I tried to like this but failed miserably. I expected esters of berries, citrus fruits; even a little sweet bubblegum, toffee or chocolate, something. I will for sake of argument give it another go. But….
Rosslew (310) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wonderful on the nose. Hoppy and bitter at the end. Fits the style. 330ml. 1.8std drks, 70IBU, 7%.
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wazzawazza (57) - Geraldton, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious! Pours well with a massive head but my word does it taste delicious. Not to be had too cold.
Dervock (560) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap - pours black with a beige head. Roast malt and hop aroma. Lots of toasty malt on the taste with decent amount of hop flavour. Medium palate.
stevoj (2744) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out black with a nice full beige head. Gentle roast grain aroma, fuller taste without overdoing the bitterness. Semi-sweet chocolate lingers.
Sevenlee (1538) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is malt, roasty, citrus, fruit and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a fruity and roasty finish.
alberti92 (153) - - FEB 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from cellarbrations super store in hami hill. Pours a midnight black with a thick tan head. Aroma is fairly subtle with hints of smoke, vanilla and dark chocolate. Body is medium and carbonation mild. Taste is fantastic.lots of burnt characters, ash, big hop bitterness with lots of citrus and tropical fruits that come through as well.
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A distinctly Australasian take on the black IPA using Nelson Sauvin hops. I have a soft spot for this one because it was the first black IPA I ever tried, back when the concept was an oddity that seemed unlikely to catch on. Be warned that the bottles tend to be gentle gushers - I’ve worn a few at the Australian Hotel over the years. Short in the head but the stamina is good. Lovely aroma of tropical fruits dipped in chocolate. In the mouth, it’s dry and ashy at the front of the palate and minty and quenching at the back. Lots of fruity acids. Milo, grape juice, Oz-style cab sav with eucalypt mintiness, Something in this sets the phlegm rising. Carries its 7% abv very easily. Drier than I remembered - perhaps a tad too much - but still a good ’un. (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars)
RafeAU (332) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle from Plonk. Pours dark brown almost black, bubbly head. Big hop aroma, flavour is roastey and dark then the hops kick in. Has that distinct Nelson sauvin hop taste, aroma, and slight sourness. Nice.
Muggus69 (1419) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Near-opaque deep brown body, holds a tight beige head.
Pungent aroma of hops; passionfruit, guava, gooseberry, citrus peel, grass, nutty, toasty, lightly roasted coffee malt underneath.
Full body, moderately high carbonation, certainly doesn’t seem as strong as it is!
Smack bang more hops on the body - guava & lychee, grapefruit & grass, espresso & cocoa. High bitterness dries out the finish.
Solid, very solid!
Mattress63 (69) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle from XO Cellars in Noosa Junction. Poors dark with nice creamy head and lovely fruity aroma. You can really taste the Nelson Sauvin hops and just the right malt backbone making this such a smooth and easy to drink Black IPA. Nice bitterness on the palate that lingers and creeps up on you. Great beer and quite possibly Kooindas best.