Brewed by Bridge Road Brewers
Style: Black IPA
Beechworth, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Bridge Road Brewers together with gypsy brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergs of Mikkeller created a one off brew one Friday evening of March 2012. The result is The Dark Harvest. Inspired by the timing of the collaboration, it was decided to make a dark beer, using locally grown fresh hops. Of several research hops being grown at Rostrevor Hop Garden, one variety stood out for selection and was harvested just hours before being added to this beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidAust (270) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2017
Bottle into a stout glass. Dark brown to almost black. Tan head. Slightly hop forward piney and citrus aroma which only just overrides the malty undertones. Mix of sweetness followed by a late and subtle bitterness. Nice drop just not much of a black IPA - Closer to a lightly hopped dunkel. Tasted like it was not fresh. Checked the label for the bottled date but despite having a specific are for the date, none was printed. There could be a Julian date on the bottle in 2mm high letters and numbers hidden right on the bottom edge of the bottle. If it is, I interpret the date bottled as the 6 Jan 2017 which might explain the less than expected hoppiness. All that said, still a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ANZUShophunter (412) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2017
On tap at Super Whatnot. Pours dark brown with tan head that laced nicely. Choc and pine hop aroma, smooth drinking with mild bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (1950) - HONG KONG - APR 22, 2017

330ml bottle bought at IC Beer in Kwun Tong.

Looks:Clear deep copper brown colour with a thick layer of dirt-like yeast sediments; Less than one-quarter finger head with residual soapy light beige foam which fades in 10 seconds; Fair sticky lacing with zero carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant dark malt, with caramel, toffee, strong pine, very strong resins, floral, molasses, spices, dry biscuits, lemon and grass.

Taste: Light sweet dark malt, with strong roastyness, caramel, burnt toffee, dark chocolate, floral, molasses, very strong pine, strong resins, spices, strong dough, strong lemon, strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Mid to full body; slick and oozy palate.

Mouth Feel: Good dark Ale maltyness in a slightly oily background. Very roasty with overwhelming burnt toffee but not burnt toast. Monotone hops with very little fruits but loads of pine and ooze on par with IIPAs .Flowery with moderate sweetness, very doughty with strong lemon to round. Boring!

Hoppiness: Strong pine, strong resins, floral, spices, lemon and grass in nose and taste; Bitterness - burnt malt and hops - is very strong for a lasting, very high astringent bitter-sweet roast malty finish.

After taste: Quite dry. Piney oozy and very bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one aroma and taste is straight forward ooze and piney hops, plus monotone burnt toffee maltyness to complete the picture. It is strong and competent, but with so many BIPAs with colorful hops and malt combinations, this one is just average, considering the experimental hops they used are nothing but pine and ooze. Disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (946) - HONG KONG - MAR 21, 2017
Black pour with a small white head, some lacing. Aroma of citrus and roasted dark malts. Tastes bitter, burnt malts, citrus, funk. Low carbonation, light bodied. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (694) - HONG KONG - JUL 30, 2016
Opaque cloudy medium dark brown. Beige very creamy fizzy head and spotty legs. Smells of grassy hop, light to moderate chalky dark malt, oatmeal very lightly leafy/vegetal. Pretty nice nose - good balance and restrained. Taste is quite bitter, somewhat stony, light oat. Body is very bitter, light frothiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
HKdIPA (780) - HONG KONG - JUL 30, 2016
Bottle from Brewcraft at home after Catan. Translucent cola brown pour - hazy with a light tan head. Aroma is milk chocolate, grassy hops, also kind of urine. Taste is fresh grassy bitter hops with chocolate roastiness. Light slightly chalky palate. Not bad at all but probably wouldn't get again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lello4ever (945) - ITALY - JUL 11, 2016
Colore marrone scuro, schiuma beige a grana finissima e di buona persistenza. Al naso intensa tostatura, leggermente secca, si avverte una nota dolce. Birra molto beverina, corpo medio, buon ingresso di malto tostato e cioccolato, retrogusto amaro e finale secco. Carbonazione media. Una bipa ben fatta, con una luppolatura decisa, un buon equilibrio tra dolce e amaro.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vanvenlo (1855) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2016
East of Everything ontap(22-Jun-16)Herbal molasses aroma.Black,low head&suds lace.Spirit berry herbal liqourice flavour.Bitter resin herbal&berry roast malt aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lunkie (1923) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2016
Hop fruit berry aroma. Dark brown colour poor head and lacing. Malt berry hop flavour. Smooth palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (16965) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2016
On tap at Bitter Phew, pours black with a large brown head. Aroma brings out loads of roasted malt and piney hops. Flavour is along the same lines, with a highly roasted, nearly burnt malt quality upfront, backed by tons of bitter piney hops. Nicely balanced, with a harsh finish that works. Very good.

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