bmeup (470) - Ormeau, - NOV 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
By 640ml bottle from Archive Brisbane. Nearly black, just a bit of red dawn poking through under a tight light brown cover. Gee my, arenít we lucky here in Australia to have brewers that create beer like this! Just sensational, if you like black IPAís please try it. Please Brewers@Mountain Goat re release the Pepperberry IPA.
Sevenlee (884) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours totally black with a brown head. Aroma is malt with fruits, chocolate, roasty notes and hops. Taste is light to medium sweet leading to a hoppy and fruity finish. Very very good!
LesArgen (131) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A fruit basket of aromas gives way to smoke, cigarettes, citrus, resin and coffee. The taste is fascinating, with lots of grapefruit, licorice, resin, and coffee to mention a few. There are a lot of flavours in here and the only real knock on it is that the palate is a little thin, but hey - itís a beautiful looker, all deep black with a tan head.
leftside (5) - - MAR 6, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of roasted malts and citrusy hops; pours a deep amber/brown with a thin tan head and delicate lacing. The taste is incredible - it retains the ítypicalí IPA characteristics (hoppiness, spiciness) and the roasted taste only kicks in after the beer is held in the mouth for a few seconds. Superb balance and complexity. Body is light and refreshing, a little on the fizzy side but nothing too extreme. The finish is long and hoppy - delightful. Overall, worth repeated drinks. Very pleasant and interesting.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with a dense light tan coloured head. Hangs around for a while leaving some delicate lacing and a thin film throughout. Aromas seem very typically of th style. Resiny and slightly spicy citrusy hops, light roasted grain and some dark caramel. Nicely balanced. Taste shows probably more of the roasted grain than expected. A hint of astringency in the bitter finish adds to the resiny hops. Quite full mouthfeel. I like it.
highlandlad (1375) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maybe itís because Iíd suffered a few dark hours Before The Dawn, but I thought this was a ripper. Looked great: as dark as youíd 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. Iíd like to see a black IPA in their regular beer stable - Iíd 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 (732) - Blue Mountains, 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 (164) - 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 Shaunís Fault Ale.
DeliriumT (327) - 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 (481) - 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.