stoutnick (287) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2013 Looks and smells great. Caramel is the dominant aroma. Hops come through on the taste a bit more, but so does the sweet caramel flavours. An interesing black IPA. Not terribly bitter, but very tasty. Overall, a nice variation on the style. Definitely a keeper for me.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark dark brown with dense tan coloured head. Falls away pretty quickly leaving very fine lacing and all but the thinnest file. Aromas are dominated by dark sugars, molasses and citrusy hops. Flavours are super sweet and very molasses like. Only slight hop bitterness on the finish with some alcohol to balance. Full mouthfeel.
TimE (2792) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
med brown hazelnut and brown sugar with a touch of cotton candy and apples. Lovely. Full bodied very strong hazelnut finish. Yummy.
jonnyguns (648) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from mane liquor. This is a beast of a beer! Pours a jet black with a disappearing beige head. Superb lacing left around the glass! Nose has heavy milk chocolate tones along with hints of vanilla and espresso. Taste has a citrus/grapefruit hop bitterness to it. Chocolate smooths out the palate. My palate is just coated in chocolate. Cream mouthfeel. Can feel the alcohol. Great black ipa one of my favs for this style
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pmuzz (378) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beautiful beer. Full of flavour and distinctly refreshing, a perfect way to enjoy a beautiful newcastle day! Thoroughly enjoyed it, but would recommending new comers to a BIPA to try a more subtle option first before trying this. Excellent.
Pyobon (795) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Poured clear black with very small beige / milk coffee head. Pleasant but subtle aroma; most distinct aroma was vanilla, but accompanied by yeast and stone fruit. Fantastic palate, full bodied bordering on sticky, although not cloying, with beautiful fine carbonation giving a velvety smooth feel with nice tingle. Wonderful taste too; starts with a rich dark toffee roast malt bitter sweetness out of which grows a stronger hoppy bitterness which provides a long lasting aftertaste which also retains the sticky sweetness. Overall an excellent beer.
ComradeK (859) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a smallish light beige head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. Dark roasted malt notes and a touch of black coffee mix with treacle and some surprisingly mild herbal and sappy hops aromas. Strong resin, herbal and black pepper hops up front lead into a thick, sweet body of treacle and Turkish coffee. A touch of bitter cocoa comes in towards the finish, which is loaded with more herbal and resin hops. There is a bitter pine resin aftertaste. The hops in this beer are quite subtle; it takes a few sips for them to really hit home. This combines with the dark sweetness, which makes this taste almost more like a Scotch ale than a black IPA, to make one of the more nuanced black IPAs I have sampled.
gam (2908) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium sized biege head blackest of pours medium strong carbonation aromas piney caramel coffee rich chocolatedark fruit citrus note vanilla caramel is superb flavours vanilla caramel mix medium bitter roasted chocolate coffee resiny pine dark citrus cocoa touch liquorice ripping ale this the finish hop and malt aftertastes so good vanilla dark citrus rich chocolate lasting bitter superb body great ale
ShaneJ (307) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Slowbeer. Darkest brown/black with minimal tan head. Aroma of port, bitter chocolate, piney hops. Thick, syrupy palate with flavours of grapefuit, stewed plums, bitter chocolate, Xmas pudding. Not your average Black IPA; something so much more. Enjoyed greatly!
davidm (1868) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Smith Street Cellars. Feels like an imperial stout to me. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, biscuit, alcohol, hints of vanilla and grass. Sweet and bitter, with very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.