ALLOVATE (2437) - 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….
Mattress63 (64) - 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.
Mjollnir (391) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330mL bottle. Pours opaque black with a thick off-white head that never diminished. Faint aroma of chocolate and resinous hops. Coffee and chocolate in the flavour, a little wood, not very hoppy, medium bitterness, mild sweetness. Medium body, soft carbonation and a lingering woody finish.
hank37 (76) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer. Seems to me to have a maltier backing than most BIPA, and it’s a welcome observation, as far as I’m concerned. Theres the usual fruitburst aroma that is part and parcel for Nelson Sauvin hops, and then the wonderful chocolatey, velvet backbone with lashings of hops and sweet fruit.
gyllenbock (4864) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (33cl) at Tipplers Tap, Brisbane, August 2014. Black with a tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malt, grapefruit, dark chocolate and coffee. The finish was rather bitter. A descent one.
norkle (14) - - MAY 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma dominated by burnt malt toffee character. Great black opaque colour topped by good creamy lasting head. Taste is dominated by black beer burnt character. Palate is clean with some residual burnt malt at back of mouth that dissipates quickly. Overall a pleasant black beer, but not much of the hops advertised in IPA name. Possibly a little too much of burnt character without a lot of other depth of flavour.
Iphonephan (3352) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle in Cairns, AUS. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of toasted nuts and some weedy notes. Flavors of tobacco and licorice. Not much hop character. Bitter, roasty finish.
Westkyoto77 (530) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aromas of espresso, spicy hops. Jet-black with a thick, creamy tan head. Lively carbonation, sticky body with quite a bit of sediment apparent. Flavours of prunes, soy sauce, a hint of treacle. Savoured this one- a very nice black beer.
mattyhennessy (331) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky dark brown appearance with a solid tan head. There is an initial woody taste with burnt coffee and dark malt flavours. Progress into dark fruits and grapefruit and finishes with some citrus and resin. A dry, strong hop finish. Very nice
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
20th February 2014
Fare thee well Josh tasting at Bruce’s. Thanks to Colin and big Dave. Opaque black - brown beer, good pale tan head. Palate is airy and semi dry. Mild fine carbonation. Light dry dark malt bearing.a good coffee streak. Mild dark fruits, tangy. Spot of lactose. Bitterish finish. Okay but could do with more hop flavour.
Theydon_Bois (9131) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Josh’s Farewell Hoorah - thanks to Wingmanwillis for plundering this one for me, 20/02/14.
Murky dark mahogony brown with a moderate light tan swirl atop the glass.
Nose is earthy, dank hops, light cocoa, jammy berry fruits, spice, light roast.
Taste comprises light dirt, touch of tropicals, cocoa, bitter grapefruit, earthy.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi dry close.
So so CDA, pretty basic.