Pyobon (1370) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(On tap) Black, thin tan head. Smokey aroma. Medium body with light but soft and mouthfilling carbonation. Taste starts with dark toffee and smokey burnet notes develop. There’s a nice long fairly restrained bitter and smokey finish, Very drinkable for this unusual style.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head is good and brown, the body black. It smells roasty, aromatic, darkmalty, bit pulvery, chocolate. The taste is coffee, roasty, bitter, sweet, aromatic, coffee. Delicious 3.9
beer-yum (1538) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2015 A smooth/centering brew that makes an interesting interlude between stronger/sweeter recipes.
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
quite nice, tasted a bit darker than expected, would be much more comfortable with calling this a hoppy porter than a black ipa. has a bit of depth in its malt.
Travlr (23376) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Malthouse. Black color, small tan head. Aroma of cocoa and pine. Taste is bitter burnt espresso and more pine. Nice.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I don’t know, there’s something vaguely unsettling about black IPA as a style. You know how you get served a big black pint and you expect chocolate, coffee and charry toastiness but you actually get perfumy tropical fruits, grape, hay and green herbal grassiness? Yeah, that’s what you get here maybe with a hint of cowshit. I say cowshit, but it’s the rather nice earthy aromatic cowshit rather than being something unpleasant. It’s a smell that casts my mind back to my youth on farms and in dairy sheds and my description should in no way be interpreted as being being negative in this area. The pint itself appears as a black mahogany colour with a persistent coating of cream-mocha coloured head that left some lacing down the glass. The taste is of dehydrated tropical fruits: guava, papaya and rock melon. Along with this is some chocolate and caramel that is helped along by a nice bite of bitterness. I rather liked it, but as with every black IPA, there was a touch of the heebie jeebies.
I’d still go back for another though...