hawthorne00 (3538) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2011 Bottle. Pours brown, looks black in the glass with red-brown edges, modest beige head. Aroma is just hops - grapefruit, pine, nectarines, a little window-cleaner. Light-bodied and quite bubbly. Taste is of those hop aromatics, a little coffee and chocolate, even less roasted malt. Finishes bitter with citrus and pine. Very similar to others I’ve liked in this style: there’s no sense that it’s a hoppy porter, just a US IPA with a different root malt note. [3.8] Delightful yes, but a bagatelle.
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a decent tan head on a black body. Hops on the aroma though not as much in the taste, choclate and coffee notes in there as well, delightful to drink.
mkel07 (5226) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle. Still trying to get my head around a beer that looks like a stout but smells and tatses like an IPA. Deep dense black colour with a light tan head. Spicy fruit aromas are pleasing as is the flavour. Full mouthfeel with a long lingering finsih.
Stew41 (1941) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAR 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty flash. I haven’t drunk too many of the style but have been lucky enough to try Thornbridge’s and this is at least on par. Clearly has very strong links with the IPA (think medium weight new world hop resin) but the overlay of coffee and roast is very well integrated. Really good.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick biege coloured head very dark pour red tinge aromas floral hint fruity passionfruit citrus flavour resinous piney grapefruit pasionfruit apricot dark tastes bitter is good ibu pleasant of medium strength finish fruity malt roasted richness floral overtones bitter of medium size leaving a fair aftertaste
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Alex for this... Dark brown body, really light on the fringes, light tan head, god retention, creamy... Light nose, but nice, a bit of soap with roast, a bit chocolate... The taste is pretty nice, one of the better black ipas I’ve had, pretty soapy overall but a nice chocolate roast balance this out