Ungstrup (27821) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A dark red beer with a thin brown head. The aroma has notes of smoke, caramel, over ripe fruits, and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of hops, malt, caramel, and chocolate, leading to a dry caramel finish.
Papsoe (25113) - Lyse Rødovre, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of bluebetty. Pours a clear reddish brown with a beige head. Heavy licorice aroma with a hoppy edge. Medium body, licorice, roast and a solid if somewhat rough hopping. Bitter and roasty finish. 140212
JanLaursen (2519) - 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.
pmuzz (383) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A reasonable beer. I like the concept and the fact Murray’s is trying something new. The various flavours were nice, but a little confusing together.
eManu (427) - 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.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, 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.
Stew41 (1625) - 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