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Mountain Goat The Thorny Goat

Formerly brewed at Mountain Goat Beer (Asahi)
Style: Black IPA
Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
The first ever international collaboration by an Australian brewery and the first Cross Breed release from Mountain Goat.
A collaboration with Thornbridge Brewery’s Caolan Vaughan.
Brewed and with Australian Galaxy and New Zealand Motueka hops.

FlyingWombat's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlyingWombat (21) - - JUN 11, 2011
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 7, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (5226) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2011
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmeup (639) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (2823) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2011
Pours ruby tinted dark brown with a small, lasting head. Nose shows masses of hops: resinous, earthy, pinapple. Underneath is chocolate and caramel malt. Luscious! First up in the flavours is chocolate and coffee followed by a huge resinous hoppy hit. Tastes like how freshly picked hops smell! Massively long finish with a strong, bold hoppy bitterness. Carbonation could be a bit higher honestly.

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