AmericanAussie (2) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yeastie Boys create great dark beers. Although this beer is listed as a Black IPA, Iíd categorize it into the Russian Imperial Stout category. That being said, the aroma jumps out at you. It smells rich in chocalate, but yet not sweet. It seems to finish dry, so does not overwhelm in residual sweetness. There is a beautiful balance between the hops and malt. If it wasnít so high in alcohol, this is a beer that could be consumed one after the other. Speaking o f the alcohol, it does not show in this beer, despite itís 10% ABV. Iíd highly recommend trying this one if you are into flavorfull beer. As a preface, I am one who does enjoy IPAs and Imperial Stouts This is much more balanced than common double IPAs.
davidm (2057) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - 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.
Brenhophead (686) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330mL bottle. Pours black (a slight amount of light get through) with a tan head. Aroma on this beer is mind boggling! Itís like a chocolate covered cherry with hints citrus; a very unique aroma. That amazing cherry ripe aroma follows through to the flavour with a slightly bitter coffee after thought. This beer is so unique in flavour itís a must try.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like black IPAs. I like stouts. I like big bold brassy beers. And, this, wow. The alcohol floats above the glass like an orange-scented cloud, in the mouth itís full of jafa-cake sweetness and dark bitter chocolate notes on the aftertaste. This is, simply, delicious. A fruity chocolately boozy cake in a glass. Just something to melt into...
pmuzz (400) - 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.
maneliquor (3482) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 Bottle from Mane Liquor. This is a re-rate as the first bottle was completely flat. Nose is superb. Loads of white chocolate. Heavy cocoa and vanilla mix perfectly. Canít resist the smell and taste of white chocolate as Iím a little bit of a sweet tooth. Damn appealing. Taste shows lots of grapefruit like bitterness. Heaps of dark, bitter chocolate and espresso undertones. Vanilla comes through slighter than what the nose shows. Great balanced stuff for such a big black IPA. Full bodied mouth feel, a little creamy with some extending bitterness to finish it off. 10% drinks far too easily. Fantastic stuff
ComradeK (1100) - Sydney, 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.
jonnyguns (1104) - 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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gam (3909) - 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
highlandlad (1464) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Anzac Day special: big shout across the Tasman to Stu McKinlay and our bros in the struggle for better beer. This is a splendid imperial black IPA. If it wasnít 10% Iíd be driving back to the bottle shop to load up right now. Instead, Iím lolling in front of the computer with a big stupid grin on my coupon. When I first tasted Pot Kettle Black, I knew Stu and the guys could produce a great strong ale. This one is raven black with a short, lacing head. Gorgeous, rich aroma - keeps you dipping your snout over and over. Licorice, violets, dark molten chocolate, white, pepper, Shiraz - just lovely. Huge, filling mouthfeel. Thick, creamy. Not a million miles from an imperial stout in the mouth, with a terrific licorice-root spicy finish. Port, molasses, pine cones. Bravo. Dearly hope this wasnít a seasonal one-off. (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars.)