ALLOVATE (2816) - 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….
babymammoth (38) - Ardross, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose has dark cocoa and rich malt. The hops are distinctive giving it a full nose. Taste is bitter into rich malt flavours. Burnt toast and rich cereal flavours with well developed bitterness and excellent sweet finish. Good beer, although this batch is let down by the excessive carbonation!
Narizao84 (19) - Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good beer with smoked flavour and a dark porter touch. Rich in malt aroma and flavor
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mrjez (317) - Osaka, JAPAN - OCT 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a solid black with a big beige head. The nose and taste both balance roasted malt with the lively fruity Nelson Sauvin hops really well. It’s not overblown, with harmony factoring more than punch. The feel is dry and warming with a lingering bitterness. Great beer.
Rosslew (320) - 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 (60) - 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 (827) - 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 (3534) - 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 (1711) - 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 (159) - - 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 (1456) - 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)