Oakes (11842) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium brown reddish highlights. Toasty, lightly citrusy notes. Sweet and a bit tarry, needs a hop flavour boost.
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good black IPA, not as balanced as some others out there though. But still easy drinking, partially helped by the lower ABV.
Geoffrey1952 (2) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely sensational beer!! Great taste and mouthfeel, then a moreish,dangerous dry finish. Something for the hopheads and something for the black beer snobs. Well done Shawn. The best brewer in Australia?
gnoff (7466) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught as part of a tasting paddle at Rubber Duckie Taphouse, Sydney, on July 14, 2013.
Described as an "India Black Ale" at 7.5% ABV.
Clear very dark reddish brown to black color, light brown head. Hoppy, citrus, fruity, solvents, malty, roasted, nettles taste. Fruity, alcohol, hoppy aftertaste. Smooth, rich mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Noticeable alcohol. Sweet, caramel, hoppy, spicy scent.
Pyobon (861) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(On tap - Forest Lodge Hotel) Black with a good slightly off-white head. Lovely aroma with notes of exotic / stone fruit. Full bodied with zingy carbonation. Taste is rich and dark with notes of coffee and dark chocolate. with nice refreshing fruity / floral overlay. Great hoppy bitter finish. Overall, this is an excellent beer - after two at 7% you know you have been drinking, but this is what beer is supposed to be.
jonnyguns (800) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from mane liquor. Dark brown pour with a small tanned head. Solid lacing left on the glass. Nose is pine dominant with a hint of dark chocolate. Taste is loads of pine and citrus hops. More hints of Choc in the taste. No real roasted malts or coffee tones about it tho. Easy to drink but not as good as a kooinda black ipa or a before the dawn.
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Gramoit (347) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2012 Murrays never disappoint, this is another ripper. Coffee, Chocolate, some roasted malts and hops on the nose. Dark chcoclate and coffee at first is tasted but then the hops come in to make it full of flavour but very well balanced whilst being fairly bitter. I was lucky enough to have this on tap at Manly Murrays.
fletchfighters (1010) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A-- Poured black with a bit of red on the sides of the glass. A mostly mocha colored film, no real head to speak of. Was told that they were almost out of this and were surprised they had any today.
S-- Chocolate was predominant but got a bit of the citrus and hop smell. What was there was lemon with tropical fruits.
T-- Excellent. Plain and simple. Was hop forward with citrus (lemon and grapefruit) with a bit of pineapple. Followed by a nice chocolate finish.
M-- Excellent carbonation. Very well balanced between the malts and the hops. Not over the top like some US IPA’s can be. Very nice beer.
O-- Solid as heck black IPA.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A reasonable beer. I like the concept and the fact Murray’s is trying something new. The various flavours were nice, but a little confusing together.
ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just on cool and into a snifter. Deepest, darkest brown, opaque with a quickly settling pad of yeasty goodness. Big, towering head of foam, holds up high for the length, daubing thick layers of froth in its wake. Deeply, resinous, sharp and piney, forestfloor hops meets salty caramel on the nose with nuances of tar, tobacco, scorched oak, cherry brandy and burnt, bitter raisins. Begins sweet, candyish and fruity in the mouth. A dry and drawing backend leads to a lovely balance of chunky malts and resinous, earthy hops. Very approachable stuff. Firm body, not too heavy, not too light, moderate carbonation and oily late. Wood, smoke and ash, burnt, bitter raisins and dark stone fruit like the nose, powdery cocoa too, lingers long between each sip. This sample is by no way fresh but the way the malt is not hidden, unlike other Black IPA’s, makes this a very quaffable ale. Another Murray’s gem! (33cL, BB 04/05/12, Cellarbrations Carlisle)