Stew41 (1770) - 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
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, 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.
Muggus69 (1306) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body, brown highlights. Dense tna head sticks around.
Aroma of fruity hops - citrus, tropicals, and spice. Notes of coffee grinds and dark chocolate noticeable.
Creamy palate, perhaps not as thick as I was expecting for the strength and looking like a stout afterall, certainly more like an IPA, rounded edges, no sign of roast acridity.
Solid back bone of sweet pale malt bringing with it notes of dark chocolate, roasted nuts and mocha. Hops come through with a vengence; resiny, ripe fruits, dried spices, with a firm but not aggressive lingering bitterness.
Very well made, doesn’t really come across as the dark beer it is, more like an IPA, and a bloody tasty one at that. Deadly drinkable!
fletchfighters (1148) - 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.
jonnyguns (1090) - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ComradeK (1058) - 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 (1042) - 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.
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.
Pyobon (994) - 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.
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.