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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2010
hoppy beer, great off the tap. had a strong malt backing as well. tried this at The Local Taphouse and was quite impressed, especially after all the hype murray had given it in the leadup (dont like hype, as usually go into the tasting with too high of an expectation.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34362) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eManu (531) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2011
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stew41 (1933) - Phuket, THAILAND - AUG 14, 2011
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

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