TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 5, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Smells great - tropical fruit. Lots of chocolate malt flavour with pine from the hops. Delicious.
ComradeK (908) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle. Pours a near opaque, ruby-hued black, with a large beige head, which lasts well, and leaves excellent lacing. Fresh, strong hop aromas of pine and grapefruit mix with some floral notes and some very imperial stout-like molasses and dark chocolate. A sharp lemon flavour introduces the beer, moving into a strong bitterness, with pine, spice and some chilli. This gives way to a sublimely dark and malty body, with rye bread, dark chocolate and wafer biscuit flavours mingling pleasantly. Floral hops reappear towards the finish, along with a touch of spice and coffee. This is an amazingly good beer, as I have come to expect from Murray’s. It combines the best elements of an IPA and an imperial stout to create a dark and luscious beer with a huge kick of hops to pep things up - a lovely brew indeed.
Maris (903) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 330ml bottle on 8/10/2011. Abv listed as 7.5% rather than 7.2%. Pours a very dark amber with a big head. Has a slightly fruity, hoppy aroma. The flavours are primarily dark chocolate and a touch of fruit. Very hoppy at the back. Another enjoyable beer from Murrays.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
black ipas pose lots of questions. like, do they (should they) even exist, really; how the hell do you mix superfruity hops and dark malts together and keep it drinkable; and how do you keep the body light enough for the hops to come through and full enough to be satisfying in a dark beer kind of way. and shawn has answered all these questions very convincingly here, except for the first one: the weaknesses here are not from the brewing but the concept. the licorice and tar of the black patent rubs the edgy passionfruity hops up completely the wrong way - it’s like espresso and sauvignon blanc at once. but theres a nice chocolatey softness in the mid palate that partially redeems it, and the bitterness comes through clean and peppery.
bmeup (498) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome BIPA! Choc roasted malt, berries and pine. Freestyle, go for it!
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark coppery brown with a lasting, foamy tan head. Hoppy aroma has notes of grapefruit, lemon, passionfruit and spruce, with malty, caramelly undertone. Flavour is quite hoppy also with some solid piney notes upfront and some decent bitterness but this is tempered by some substantial sweetness and stronger notes of caramel and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is light and slick with lively carbonation and a lingering bittersweet finish. Really just like a very hoppy brown ale and quite a nice one at that.
Stew41 (1662) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A relative non-event. Excess fizz distracted me from the get-go. Roast is mid weight and of course does get dominated by the hops but I guess that’s the intent of the style to some degree. Gets a touch resiny and sweet on the finish, again a function of the hops
bluevegie (3041) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured an almost black body with a decent head. Expected fruity aroma, peach and passionfruit followed by a touch of coffee. Taste is pleasant if not exactly standing out , same flavours as in the aroma. Very easy to drink and one BIPA I could probably drink plenty of.
Davros (1787) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby-tinted black, with a large, light tan head.
Nose shows lots of fruity hops, with passion-fruit and peach very noticeable, along with some soft resinous pine. Later on some cocoa and roasted malt become apparent. Very nice.
Very aggressive flavours, lots of pine, roasted malt, coffee and alcohol. Ends with a brutal hoppy and roasty bitterness.
Carbonation seems a little high to me.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with smallish tan coloured head. Reasonable lacing. Noce aromas of citrus hops supported nicely by some roasted grain. A little light caramel shines through to wrap things up. Flavours show some sweetness up front before the expected bitterness from the grain and hops. Nice beer.