TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 13, 2010
Pint at Galbraiths. What a treat. No hiding from the hops in this puppy...passionfruit embellishes the nostrils and the tongue. Little hints of mint as well. Like nectar in a glass. Nice one boys. KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2011
on tap at Hashigo Zake
sort of zippy, very dark, big head (dies fast) and nice lacing. Not a lot of nose off the top but it gets interesting when you stick you gob into it - that’s the hard thing about nose and taste, they oft seem to be the same thing. Lightly coffeed and chocolated. A bit toasty? The hops are not really prominent. Wait, there they are. I would say spruce and grapefruit - not overwhelming but . . . yea. 
OK. Now, this New Zealand predilection for assigning wild fruit tastes -" we are in the South Pacific so it must have the regional flavours" - but guava and passion fruit? Pah-leeeez. They are native to South and Central America. OK. Maybe calling it ’American’ is a just wee stretch but it ain’t there. [I will buy some on the way home tonight and reacquaint myself.] Not sure why they insist it is an "American " whats-it and the ascribe very non-regional tastes.
It is bitter and very full bodied - no hint of anything sweet - but it is all relative. This side of full bodied. Tad bit creamy-ish and maybe sticky. Nicely carbonated, and finishes a bit astringently.
I like it. Would buy it again. Just don’t believe the label with al your heart
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2011
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours jet black with a small beige head. Head dissapears quickly but leaves some nice lacing in the process. Some nice citrus and pine on the nose, mixing with roasted malts. Roasted malts override the hops a little in this one, which isn’t necessairly a bad thing if thats your thing. Pretty good beer and I would have again DeliriumT (537) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2012
Amazing bouquet of malts and hops makes you think this will be a big beer. But you will be surprised how refreshing this beer is for a black beer. Well done! Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of bluebetty. Pours brown with an orange hue and a beige head. A little citrusy hops in the nose on a bed of sweet roast. Medium body, sweet roast, licorice and quite a solid aromatic hop profile. Ends quite bitter. Very well made. 200312
Maris (1498) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2012
From a 500ml bottle on 2/10/2012. Pours a dark amber with a small head. Has a moderate fruity, hoppy aroma with just a hint of chocolate. The flavour more full on with an interesting mix of roasty, resiny bitteress, set off against some sweet citrus fruit and touch of toffee. The carbonation is typical of an IPA. All in all, an enjoyable, high quality black IPA. pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2012
This looks great, smells fantastic but still lacks a little something. Still very nice Black IPA, and in keeping with the style. beer-yum (1653) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 20, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2015 An excellent black IPA. This is a great beer to consume at the start, middle, or end of a session. Basically, a jack of all trades - and a master of all! pictoman (1084) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 29, 2013
Poured from 500mL bottle. Clear very dark brown with nice beige head. Predominant hoppy aroma, hint of caramel. Tastes starts off hoppy and quickly recedes into a chocolatey roasted mouthfeel. Dry finish, medium body. lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 19, 2013
rating from backlog. forgot to note anything on this one. nevertheless, it was very nice.