AleSwiller (1) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2013 does not count
I have a great advantage in that I live close to this brewery, that enables me to get 19L keg fills. This is good as I love this beer, it is just so deep in flavour and after taste. A beer that just keeps on giving! davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle from Olinda Cellars. Exceptional, very tasty. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, liquorice. Taste is sweet and bitter, with very long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Black, with a frothy head. Pyobon (1404) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2013
(Bottle) Black with huge beige head. Lovely aroma mixing chocolate and hop pine. Full bodied with excellent mouthfilling velvety carbonation. Dark chocolate and dark roast malt flavours from start to finish with plenty of bitterness steadily building. Overall an excellent beer. gav12c (119) - Wollongong, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2012
on tap@ the illawarra brewery.pours black as midnight with a thick tan head that lingers. hops up front in the aroma with some subtle roasted notes which is all magnified in the flavour. jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2012
Had on tap at the brewery. Great dark malt and hop aromas. Lovely combination of roasted malt bitterness and over the top hop bitterness. Very nice beer.
Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2013
Pours totally black with a small brown head. Aroma is malt, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, fruit, notes and hops. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to a roasty and bitter finish. Pretty damn good. M_Sack (720) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2013
Black pour with a tan coloured frothy head. The aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and citrus fruit a little disappointedly muted. The flavours step up though with coffee, chocolate and vanilla creating a sweetish front to mid palate, dry roasted malts and a good whack of tropical fruit and pine hops to add great bitterness to the end. Very well balanced. A fine example of one of my favourite types of beer.
Rock_Buffalo (23) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2014
The Children of Darkness India Black Ale has a tendency to surprise through contradiction. When the bottle is opened and you pour a nectar so dark that you feel you're staring into the abyss, you expect to be hit by a corresponding heady aroma, but instead the scent that wafts forth is subtle and tantalising, with a fortified edge that can easily be missed under sweeter notes that permeate early. The head on pouring is volatile, flaring up early before dying rapidly to a thin foamy icing that's glaringly white in contrast to the black ale below. On first taste you a struck a hefty blow with delicious chocolate and coffee, but this quickly transitions into a sweeter citrus edge as the brew lingers on your taste buds as the surprisingly light and refreshing Black Ale is rapidly consumed. An amazing drop that's well worth the search, especially for the chance to sit and mull over its complexities.
Frangimus stoutnick (842) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2013
UPDATED: APR 3, 2013 Black with light tan head. Aroma is fruity and roasted dark malt. Taste is roasty bitterness which lingers. Overall, one of the better black IPAs in Australia. ALLOVATE (3015) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2013
Cap came off and beer ensued; could not get it into the glass quick enough as it literally exploded all over the kitchen bench. The author of seduction it finally settles in the glass. Three inches of rocky brown plume atop an inky black body. Strong note of eucalypt and hibiscus with notes of cola, roasted coffee bean and carob, charred pine-wood and camphor. Chalky, dry palate. Heftily smoky, bonfire ash finish. Hops are prevalent but the bitterness is well restrained (maybe it’s showing its age prematurely). Soft mouthfeel, soft presence with good length. Malt forward but with a lot of piney, woody, nutty hop and yeast nuances. An enjoyable brew without being in your face. Nice!! (33cL, Bottled October 2012, Cellarbrations Carlisle)