highlandlad (1464) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maybe it’s because I’d suffered a few dark hours Before The Dawn, but I thought this was a ripper. Looked great: as dark as you’d expect and the fat, lacing head was a real stayer. Hop-dominated aroma of mixed tropical fruit - passionfruit, pineapple. Galaxy mainly. Also some faint dark malts in the background. Good aroma balance. Quite a full mouthfeel, with that slightly syrupy texture that seems characteristic of highly hopped Australian ales. It works well here with that hefty 7.4% abv. Bitterness seems spot on for this weight and the malt bill provides a sold base. Ticks all the boxes for me. I liked this as much as their pepperberry collaboration with Mikkeller. I’d like to see a black IPA in their regular beer stable - I’d pick up a six-pack of this regularly if I could get it. Highlight of a poor day on Planet Earth. (640ml bottle from Carrington Cellars, Katoomba. 2012 vintage)
ursulaspiers (1) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
chocolate, black, frothy, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, long finish,
ComradeK (1100) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
640ml bottle. Pours an intense black, with a moderate off-white head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. Potent resin, bitter herbal and spice hops mix with some latte in the aroma. Strong pine resin and herbal hops up front usher in a touch of sweet citrus leading into bitter espresso in the mid-palate. Cocoa notes and fresh herbal hops make a pleasantly bitter finish. This is a very enjoyable beer. It could perhaps have done with a little more dark malt flavour, but nevertheless, it is a nice take on a black IPA.
stoutnick (827) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2013 Metallic smell of hops and malt. Bland flavours. Way too thin and disinteresting personally. Nothing on Murrays Shaun’s Fault Ale.
DeliriumT (481) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with little head. Aroma is sweet, fresh and robust. Flavour is a great balance of malt and hops. Very good example of the style
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear black body, with red highlights and a sparse beige head. Aroma-taste: citrus pith, pine with a biscuity body a minerally long bitter finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 640ml bottle- Two of my favourite styles but together can’t do any better than that.
Maris (1365) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 640ml bottle on 28/11/2012. Pours a very dark brown with a medium head. Has a relatively light but pleasant aroma featuring sweet dark fruit (prunes) and a dash of piney hops. Fantastic flavours greet you when you take a sip. You get typical IPA citrus fruits, along with some dark fruit, chocolate, a little espresso, toffee and a touch of licorice. Finishes with a medium to firm hop bitterness, with some distinct roasty notes. This is a very nice black IPA. Mountain Goat are getting quite good at delivering quality hop driven brews.
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours jet black with a medium, dense lightly tanned head leaving great lacing. Nose is smack full of piney hops and light bitter sweet chocolate undertones. A hint of liquorice as it warms. The chocolate and pine are balanced in the taste. Liquorice slowly takes over with warmth. Super easy drinking. Solid stuff
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
HTH with Yakima Raven (liberty/yeastie boys). Unfortunately this comes up second best. However, it is a great beer. Good flavours and balance but not as tasty as hoped.