eManu (426) - 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 (2097) - 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 (2516) - 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 (2014) - 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!
davidm (1868) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Great beer, tastes like an imperial stout. Aromas of apple, liquorice, dark fruit, and coffee. Taste is great, with a sweet start and a long-lasting bitter finish. Palate is velvety, with a medium-to-full body. Colour is a very dark brown, with a frothy white head.