mkel07 (2520) - 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.
JanLaursen (2493) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Red brown beer with a light brown quickly diminishing head. Aroma is herbal hoppy and big malty with some chocolate and toffee notes. Taste is heavy sweett and bitter with notes of resin, herbs and spruce. Very bitter, dry finish. A different take on a black IPA. A tad too malty for me.
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.
maneliquor (2284) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2011 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
ALLOVATE (2221) - 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)
hawthorne00 (2098) - 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.
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!
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.
Davros (1725) - 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.
Stew41 (1624) - 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