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


on tap

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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Bridge Road Brewers together with gypsy brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø 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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BoBoChamp (5754) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2012
33cl, new exclusive Australian collab. brew Anno 2012, from Ølbutikken Copenhagen, complex brew, malty/woody and slightly floral/roasted, easy to drink, balanced, clear, good head, good brew, yet expensive!

nearbeer (5662) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2017
33 cl. looks to have been bottled 2016-05-10. Deep brown almost black pour with a creamy head. Aroma of molasses, cocoa and light coffee with maybe some hints of citrus and soy sauce. Flavors of espresso with cream, cocoa nibs, caramel, toasted nut and some green herbs prickling on the tastebuds. Almost medium body is smooth with low-medium carbonation and has a nice balance.

kerenmk (5358) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks Yoav. Very dark with tan film. Fuel, roast and coffee aroma, roast wooden barrel taste. Sleek texture, delicate, full body, short finish.

jesperhammer (5017) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2012
02-NOV-2012, bottle @home, from Ølbutikken. Clear almost black with lasting tan head. Roast and hops. Licorice, grape fruit, pine, chocolate. Not hard roasted. Quite balanced if it does lean to a side it is the ipa side but really nice. Soft carbonation, medium body. Finish a little soap’y and bitter from hops. Very nice black ipa.

Habanero (4911) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2013
Bottled. Pours deep brown with a small lacing, tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus, pine and coffee. Sweet flawor that ends up more dry. Medium to full bodied, oily text. and soft carb. A nice black IPA indeed.

RichardGretton (4862) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle. Almost pitch black beer with a strong creamy light brown head. The aroma is very lightly roasted, but the flavour is far deeper. It is roasted and bitter with with some coffee maltiness. Overall a reasonable stout like beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Wim (4226) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
on vacation, dark brown black colored body with a large off-white head and with a spicy citrus fruity malt hops aroma a fruity malt hop dry bitter taste with a alcholic bitter finish

hawthorne00 (4195) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2012
UPDATED: APR 8, 2017 [April 23 2012] Bottle, 13C. Clear dark brown with a light tan head that fades to a coat. Aroma of chocolate, orange, grapefruit, some bread. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Not all that sweet but there’s toffee, bread and chocolate; bitter oranges and light spices. Bitter but not severe finish and there’s no sense of the hops having to struggle out from underneath to make their presence felt. Very inviting weight. No clashing or muddled flavours. Delicious. [8 3 8 5 17= 4.1]

[May 17 2012]A little of the zesty edge is already muted.

2013 version, April 17. Growler. Almost black with a large light tan head that lasts well. Aroma of cocoa, fudge, flowers, pine, grapefruit, passionfruit. Much less citrus than last time, pretty clearly a different hop. Shame, I loved the choc-orange. Similar balance, but perhaps a little more bitterness and the pine shines though at the end too. Really very nice but doesn’t quite do it for me like last time. [8 4 7 4 15 = 3.9] Leaving score as is.

[4/14] 2014 version. Back to that choc-orange. A little more bitterness or just (even) less sweetness than the original version? Food: sweet Gorgonzola on Challah.

[13/4/6] Think this is the only beer I have access to that I try to buy _and_ drink within a fortnight of release. More tropical this year, no choc-orange thing but lychees, flowers and nectarines meld with the chocolate brioche.

[8/4/17] Bottle from Wine Republic. Similar to last year, but a little cleaner, maybe a limey edge up front. Again chocolate brioche, barely ripe nectarine, some tropical notes. Quite bitter and a little peppery at the end. Best since the first year?

gam (4135) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2012
Good sized tan head dark pour medium strong carbonation aromas passionfruit citrus pine rich malt caramel stonefruit the flavours piney grapefruit strong medium ibu apricot coffee caramel taste not as good as aroma but good the finish good hoppy and malt richness lasting bitter works well on palate

maekchu (4104) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle.Nose of roast malt, piney hop, light chocolate, and alcohol fumes. Dark brown color with translucent edges and a light tan head. Flavors of roast malt, moderate piney hop, quite fruity, light citrus, and a gentle roast malt finish. Thin-medium body, light on the palate. Certainly a bit of a variant on the US version of the style (given the AUS hopping). Nice, but not really exceptional.

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