Davros (2260) - 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.
maneliquor (3463) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours dark brown with some red tinges round the outside. Nice tan head that stays and leaves great lacing. Aroma has lots of pine and citrus surrounded by slight roasted malts. Pine is everywhere in the taste with a very nice touch of citrus and grapefruit. Solid but lacks a little of body and roastiness
gam (3572) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Biege head good size soft carbonation very black pour aromas citrus mild floral dark caramel piney hops flavour strong medium bitter piney taste caramel chocolate bitter is something grapefruit sweet and bitter tastes mix so well finish hop citrus pine dark tastes caramel chocolate bitter lasting morishingly good black ale creamy aftertaste as well
eManu (482) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish brown, with little tan head, just a ring around. Aroma of sugars, coffee, and hops. Flavors of bitter coffee, hops, grassy. Little waterry in texture, hints of raisin. Some nice flavors.
hawthorne00 (2774) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear mid brown with a large lasting beige head. Low remaining carbonation. Aroma of pine, citrus, grapes, gooseberries, cut grass, a hint of chocolate and roast. Taste is dry with deeper roasted flavours and more pine than suggested by the smell. Lingering pine bitterness. I liked the way the roasty side and the IPA are brought together but left just slightly dissonant.
mkel07 (4258) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle at Murrays Manly. Strong black colour with a a coffee and dark chocolate aroma that leads into the flavour which is great. Full bodied and definetley not Shawn’s fault.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This wasn’t too bad, but after the Kooinda Black IPA masterclass, this was ever so slightly non descript. Still a good solid effort, as expected by one of Australia’s better breweries. A decent fruity nose with some alcoholic malt coffee and chocolate notes. The body is fairly dense with the sweet chocolate quickly overun by the fruity hop finish. Never really differentiateis itself, but goes down nicely and demands a repeat!
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hoppy beer, great off the tap. had a strong malt backing as well. tried this at The Local Taphouse and was quite impressed, especially after all the hype murray had given it in the leadup (dont like hype, as usually go into the tasting with too high of an expectation.)
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Beer Deluxe. Very impressive beer. Dry, lean and freshly hoppy in a way that Big Wednesday wasn’t. Seems to me like classic US hops - fresh and piney, with a lot more aroma than flavour and bitterness. Doesn’t taste especially roasty (it’s a deep brown, nowhere near black) but has a line of dark chocolate running through it, which perhaps might enhance the dryness. It’s a really great mix, super tasty. I’d love to see them brew a pale IPA this good!