ShaneJ (566) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Slowbeer. Black, bitter, very nice. Citrus, pine, roast malt, quite sweet, but dry finish. Quite good.
Davros (1999) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a large head.
Nose shows roasted malt, piny and resinous hops, bready malt, honey and grainy notes. Nice!
Lots of roasted malt as a flavour, with nutty, toasty and bready characters too. Some earthy resinous hops but they’re not bold.
Nice moderate-high carbonation works well.
Very enjoyable stuff.
allanbowers (93) - melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours jet black with almost no head.
This is a fairly lively black ipa which is far more drinkable than the 6.5% alcohol content would suggest.
This isnt over powering with hoppy taste.
beer-yum (548) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pleasant black IPA made more interesting by the chance of comparing the brew to the Motueka (NZ) hops version. Personally, I prefer this one with the Yakima (US) hops but wouldn’t pass on the other if offered.
Brenhophead (584) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330mL bottle. Pours black with an off white head and a rich dark malt aroma with a sweet citrus backing. Wonderful creamy chocolate and stone fruit flavours. Very nice beer.
davidm (1937) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from K&G. Great balance. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, grass. Taste is sweet and bitter, very well balanced, and with long length. Palate is creamy, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.
hawthorne00 (2516) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 10C. Almost black with a light tan head that fades to less than a coat. Aroma is floral and earthy with some citrus, mocha, licorice and some molasses lurk underneath. Dark sugar sweetness and coffee are more upfront in the taste, with citrus and pine as accents. Dry finish with moderate bitterness, lingering pine. Very nice, but again I wonder whether I’m a bit late on this one.
ALLOVATE (2459) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Second in the trilogy.
Into a snifter at just on cool. A midnight mahogany is the body with a loose one inch of messy foam atop that laces well. Nose has toffee and burnt sugar, scorched berries, raisins, cranberries and a hint of ripe plums under layers of smoke and ash. Quite rich, tarrish and assertively herbaceous in the mouth. Plenty of meaty dark malts fill it out well; the carbonation only soft and prickly. There is a little blueberry bubblegum up front, burnt sugar and a touch of charred wood in the back before the barreling hops take over. Nicely bitter and very resinous, dry and long in the finish but lacking in a little definition. I had expected more esters present and am still unsure about the Yakima type hop/s used. Still, this is a solid version of the style!! (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
jonnyguns (1044) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a very dark brown/black with nice fluffy head. Aromas of chocolate, little bit of coffee maybe and some hops. Taste is roasted chocolate/coffee hit upfront with the sweet hops coming through. Really good beer like this one better than the NZ version! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
LesArgen (218) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 The latest combo special from Yeastie Boys and Liberty Brewing looks so good in the glass I should take a picture - almost pitch black with a creamy head that lasts to the bottom. There’s a load of malt on the nose, predominantly chocolate and coffee with some light citrus and floral notes over the top. The hops are more dominant in the mouth, particularly on the tip of the tongue, where you get a nice citrus tingle. The malt and chocolate are also well represented, and you get just a hint of tobacco. It has a lovely, creamy palate and an impressive length. Perhaps not God’s greatest black IPA, but a very, very nice beer (squealer from Prince Wine Store, Essendon).