fletchfighters (1275) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled black with just a couple of ruby hints on the bottom of the glass. Half finger of light brown head. On swirling the glass head stayed at the same height. A few streaks of lacing on the sides of the glass. Just a small bit of carbonation showing.
S-- Some pine and fresh cut grass, mixed in with some grapefruit. not big and aggressive smell but a well mixed smell of the hops.
T-- Chocolate, followed by hints of pine and grapefruit. Not massive by any stretch but very well balanced.
M-- Ripe orange, pine and grapefruit really creep up in this. gets a whole lot larger in the mouth. Starts as chocolate and then a lot of fruit just attack. Very crisp and clean finish with touches of bitter grapefruit and pine. Medium carbonation and medium feel
D-- Well done collaboration.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours super dark brown with nice mahogany flashes down the side of the glass. Snallish light tan coloured head. Very floral citurs aromas. Plenty of citrus and tropical fruit. Light roasted grain and a little nuttiness comes through also. Flavours pretty much as expected. Lots of resiny hop bitterness and a little roasted grain. The nuttiness seems to come through as it warms. Medium mouthfeel. Nice stuff.
bozoNZ (734) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle muled to NZ cortesay of the ex Brewer. She’s a Star! Dark, reddy brown with thin lacing head. Balanced nose between the hops and the dark malts. First up in the mouth it the black malts, dark chocolate, char and a touch astringent. The hops / IPA side of the beer kick in then with a lingering almost wet hop finish that lasts for ages. Drunk right on it’s bb expiry and I’m guessing its a more well rounded beer now than when fresh. Really nice.
bmeup (576) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent dark IPA. Aromas of hoppy citrus and pine over gentle roasted malt. Same in flavour with some coffee there too. Great lengthy bitter finish and a most enjoyable IPA at that.
Jade (423) - AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cola colour with a slight ruby twinge when held to the light. Hopped aroma, but a fruity element as well. Smoky and bitter to the taste, really sticks to the top of your mouth.
FlyingWombat (21) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 640ml bottle to tulip glass. Beautiful solid black colour with a decent tran-coloured head. Head reduces fairly quickly but leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is a healthy mix of sweet malt and floral hops. Big complex flavour, from sweet crystal malt through chocolate, then to coffee, bitter roasted malts and a great hoppy resin character. The signature Mountain Goat flavour is evident, this beer is quite like a dark version of their brilliant IPA. Lovely all round in the mouth and across the tongue, texture is just right with the full but not thick body and medium carbonation. Finish is long and dry. Easy and rewarding drinking. I wish it was a permanent fixture of the Mountain Goat range!