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


on tap

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RATINGS: 104   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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ration (2236) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2012
021212. Bottle at hotel from Kris Wines, London. Pours black with a nice head. Aroma roasted malts, hops, nuts. Nice hoppy chocolate taste. Smooth oily texture. Very nicely balanced. Not Bad.

davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 17, 2012
On tap at beer de luxe. Very tasty, with very good balance. Aromas of coffee, grass, and caramel. Taste is sweet and bitter, with very long length. Palate is creamy and full bodied. Looks are beautiful; black with a big frothy head.

StevieT (2011) - AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2016
From a bottle. One of my favourite styles, light on the roasted flavours it’s quite hop forward. Very nice stuff.

GoufCustom (1998) - 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.

Lunkie (1932) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2016
Hop fruit berry aroma. Dark brown colour poor head and lacing. Malt berry hop flavour. Smooth palate.

vanvenlo (1881) - 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.

Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2013
Pours totally black with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, fruit, citrus and hops. Taste is light to medium sweet of fruity hops leading to a blasy hoppy finish. Great stuff!

KeefOz (1838) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottled 10/4/14. Poured a very dark brown with a one- to two-finger light tan foamy head that retained well and laced well. Aroma of sweet fruity hops and chocolate malt. Taste of dark chocolate with a hint of roasted coffee with a citrus hops bitterness. Medium body. Creamy mouthfeel with coffee bitterness on the finish. Well worth trying.

fletchfighters (1527) - AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2012
poured dark cola and settled black, hints of ruby show through. Light brown layer of film. Excellent staying power to this. Good lacing. Smells of chocolate covered orange with dirty, gritty pineapple and orange hybrid. Good nose. taste is a bit odd but good. a little rubbing alcohol but it is restrained. Really do not notice the body as the hop profile dominates. Orange, pine and grapefruit. all muddled together and very dirty. palate is a little meh but good. A little bit of metallic pine and grapefruit but oily in the front and mid and low carbonation. I like this. Very different and to me the hop character is what stands out. Not the body of this.

Maris (1513) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2013
From a 330ml bottle on 20/12/2013. Should be taken off the retired list as this one was bottled on 18/3/2013 (ie. it looks like an annual). Pours the darkest of amber with a huge foamy head (bottle gushed on opening). Has a moderate aroma featuring chocolate malt and fruity hops. Tastes of choc and caramel malt with some firm, slightly grapefruity hops following. Has a slightly creamy texture and lively carbonation. Exhibits fantastic balance and goes down super easy for 6.6%. a really good black IPA, which isn’t a surprise given Mikkeller is involved.

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