Brewed by Murray’s Craft Brewing Co.
Style: Black IPA
Bob’s Farm, NSW, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Why would our business deliberately produce something that most people won’t like? Isn’t the whole purpose of being in business to sell as much of your products and services as you can to make money? At Murray’s our passion is about our beer. What interests us and a lot of our supporters is pushing the boundaries of what great craft beer can be. Shawn’s fault is an out-there beer! Freestyle brewing at its extreme. If you like big flavours and something a bit different, you’ll love Shawn’s Fault. And if you don’t – then it’s Shawn’s fault! This is not a beer for low-carb, no flavour fans. Inspired by reading about an American craft brewery’s India Black Ale, this is a full flavoured IPA brewed using dark malts. The result is a great blend of big hop flavour and aroma with the strong dark chocolate, almost coffee-like flavours from chocolate and black patent malts used. The naming of this beer is really a joke with no pun intended. And if you really hate the beer, don’t blame Shawn. Blame Murray!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Geoffrey1952 (2) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2013 does not count
Absolutely sensational beer!! Great taste and mouthfeel, then a moreish,dangerous dry finish. Something for the hopheads and something for the black beer snobs. Well done Shawn. The best brewer in Australia?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ComradeK (1145) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2012
I love this beer. The idea of putting an IPA and and a dark beer, my two favorites styles together was brilliant. A fantastic hop aroma and enriched by the great chocolate and dark malt profile. Easy to drink, which could end up to be dangerous, with the abv of 7.5%. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (5226) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gramoit (409) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2012 Murrays never disappoint, this is another ripper. Coffee, Chocolate, some roasted malts and hops on the nose. Dark chcoclate and coffee at first is tasted but then the hops come in to make it full of flavour but very well balanced whilst being fairly bitter. I was lucky enough to have this on tap at Manly Murrays.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2010
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2011
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmeup (639) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2011
Awesome BIPA! Choc roasted malt, berries and pine. Freestyle, go for it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle. Smells great - tropical fruit. Lots of chocolate malt flavour with pine from the hops. Delicious.

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