tkrjukoff (3887) - SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33 cl, Slowbeer. Pours clear dark ruby brown with a nice tanned head leaving lace. Aroma is malty, toasted, molassis, a bit sweet, fruity and bready. Flavor is pungent, peppery, roasted, malty, fruity, has a slight sweetness and is kick-ass bitter. Finishes longlived roasted and bitter. Right in my alley, excellent.
ALLOVATE (2264) - 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)
Pyobon (855) - 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.
hawthorne00 (2216) - 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.
fletchfighters (1003) - 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.
Muggus69 (1100) - 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!
gnoff (7330) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught as part of a tasting paddle at Rubber Duckie Taphouse, Sydney, on July 14, 2013.
Described as an "India Black Ale" at 7.5% ABV.
Clear very dark reddish brown to black color, light brown head. Hoppy, citrus, fruity, solvents, malty, roasted, nettles taste. Fruity, alcohol, hoppy aftertaste. Smooth, rich mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Noticeable alcohol. Sweet, caramel, hoppy, spicy scent.
Pinball (10596) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
cloudy dark brown, smooth light brown head.
aroma is malty, flowery, hoppy,quite strong, the malty side of the aroma is quite complex with notes of roasted stuff, chocolate etc.
flavor is malty, hoppy, flowery, roasted malts, okay dark ipa.
yespr (29437) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small white head. Aroma is toasted malty and light breadish. Fruity, dark malty and solid hoppy. Bitter, fruity and light peachy. Smooth fruity and light citrusy finish.
joergen (19371) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Papsø.
Clear red-brown coloured with a small beige head.
Roasted and hoppy aroma of caramel, liquorice and grass.
Roasted and hoppy flavour of grass with notes of liquorice.