captain_ramrod (7) - - FEB 27, 2016 does not count
As satisfying as swing a stray cat against a steel pole. Meow thats good beer. davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 1, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 Tap. Exceptional beer. Aromas of alcohol, flowers, liquorice, and fruits of the forest. Taste starts sweet, with bitterness taking over for a very long lasting finish. Palate is creamy, with a full body. Black, with a frothy white head. FlyingWombat (21) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2011
Enjoyed this beer on several occasions in several forms. It was best fresh in draught form, a real "wow" beer in the local craft beer landscape. It was the awesome Aussie Black IPA that existed before the BIPA really took off here in Australia (everyone is brewing one now!). This review is of a 1 year old aged bottle (750ml), poured into tulip glas. Beautiful solid and consistant black appearance with massive creamy tan head. Big aroma of burnt roasty malts, coffee, biscuit, dark fruits and yeast. Hops have clearly mellowed from the aging. Taste is roasted matls, coffee, chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth, full and warm. Solid finish, moreish. Easy to drink and enjoy several at once, even thought the alcoholic effect kicks in quick. Probably wouldn’t want to age it any longer, because the yeast seems to be on the edge of turning. But all round...a well crafted beer! Mattburns (114) - USA - SEP 28, 2010
At the taphouse. Damn good. Black with an off white head. Aromas of nuts, dark chocolate, caramlisation, toffy. Taste much of the same but with a nice hop bite. Big and creamy in the mouth. Lovely carb. I would have said this was a stout if I wasn’t the wiser. All in all a wonderful beer. mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2010
Thought I should come out of rating semi-retirement to give some love to this excellent beer. I must say that calling a beer a ’black Belgian IPA’ is a bit of a turnoff for me, and the concept itself sounds like a mess as well, but this beer really works. And it actually tastes like a Belgian black IPA! The aroma is like a Belgian stout with the chocolaty, pruney stuff like Hercule Stout. And it tastes like a black IPA - quite a bit of roast, almost stout-like, but with great fresh hop drive that really accelerates through the palate. Superbly fresh flavours with everything in the right place. It’s a big beer flavourwise, but not heavy in the least, no alcohol character or other weirdness (quite an accomplishment in the realms of Aus micros) and incredibly drinkable. Really good beer. Bridge Road is really kicking goals at the moment.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2010
Bottle. Looks great with a thick black pour producing a huge fluffy tan head that lasts till the end. Complex, roasty aroma has strong notes of coffee, dark fruit, banana and dark chocolate with hints of vanilla and tobacco. Flavour is also very roasty but less sweet than the aroma with notes of coffee, roasted malt, licorice, wood and dark fruit standing out and a grassy, piney, slightly fruity undertone from the hops. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with fairly high carbonation and a lengthy bitter finish. In some ways this seems more like a Belgian stout than an IPA, with the hop characteristics becoming more apparent as it warms. Regardless this is a very nice brew which is great now but will probably be even better with some ageing. Jade (435) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2010
Black beer with a biege head. Fruity aroma. Strong, full roasted taste. Bitter after taste - great beer. TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 24, 2010
Bottle. An exceptional mix of styles, doesn’t drink anywhere near like its 18.5%. Thanks to yalnikim for smuggling some back across the Tasman. Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2010
Pitch black with a great mocha head. Aromas are all over the place, coffee, choc & caramel from the malt with some fruit as well. Lovely strong dark malt flavours that really cover up the alcohol. Rich full mouthfeel. This is an outstanding beer, I loved it. bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours jet black with a dense tan coloured head. Hangs around pretty well leaving nice lacing. Brilliant aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate toffee caramel and coffee offset by some decent citrusy hop aromas. Brilliant stuff. All seems to come together really nice. Flavours pretty much follow what you would expect based on the aromas. Flavours are initially sweet thanks to the dark caramel and toffee. Finish shows lots of bitterness from both the hops and roasted malt. Fullish smooth mouthfeel. Brilliant beer.