leftside (5) - - MAR 6, 2013 does not count
Aromas of roasted malts and citrusy hops; pours a deep amber/brown with a thin tan head and delicate lacing. The taste is incredible - it retains the ’typical’ IPA characteristics (hoppiness, spiciness) and the roasted taste only kicks in after the beer is held in the mouth for a few seconds. Superb balance and complexity. Body is light and refreshing, a little on the fizzy side but nothing too extreme. The finish is long and hoppy - delightful. Overall, worth repeated drinks. Very pleasant and interesting. bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours jet black with a dense light tan coloured head. Hangs around for a while leaving some delicate lacing and a thin film throughout. Aromas seem very typically of th style. Resiny and slightly spicy citrusy hops, light roasted grain and some dark caramel. Nicely balanced. Taste shows probably more of the roasted grain than expected. A hint of astringency in the bitter finish adds to the resiny hops. Quite full mouthfeel. I like it. highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2013
Maybe it’s because I’d suffered a few dark hours Before The Dawn, but I thought this was a ripper. Looked great: as dark as you’d expect and the fat, lacing head was a real stayer. Hop-dominated aroma of mixed tropical fruit - passionfruit, pineapple. Galaxy mainly. Also some faint dark malts in the background. Good aroma balance. Quite a full mouthfeel, with that slightly syrupy texture that seems characteristic of highly hopped Australian ales. It works well here with that hefty 7.4% abv. Bitterness seems spot on for this weight and the malt bill provides a sold base. Ticks all the boxes for me. I liked this as much as their pepperberry collaboration with Mikkeller. I’d like to see a black IPA in their regular beer stable - I’d pick up a six-pack of this regularly if I could get it. Highlight of a poor day on Planet Earth. (640ml bottle from Carrington Cellars, Katoomba. 2012 vintage) ursulaspiers (1) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2013 does not count
chocolate, black, frothy, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, long finish, ComradeK (1256) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2013
640ml bottle. Pours an intense black, with a moderate off-white head, which lasts well and leaves good lacing. Potent resin, bitter herbal and spice hops mix with some latte in the aroma. Strong pine resin and herbal hops up front usher in a touch of sweet citrus leading into bitter espresso in the mid-palate. Cocoa notes and fresh herbal hops make a pleasantly bitter finish. This is a very enjoyable beer. It could perhaps have done with a little more dark malt flavour, but nevertheless, it is a nice take on a black IPA.
stoutnick (842) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2013 Metallic smell of hops and malt. Bland flavours. Way too thin and disinteresting personally. Nothing on Murrays Shaun’s Fault Ale. DeliriumT (543) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2012
Pours black with little head. Aroma is sweet, fresh and robust. Flavour is a great balance of malt and hops. Very good example of the style mickmac (488) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle. Clear black body, with red highlights and a sparse beige head. Aroma-taste: citrus pith, pine with a biscuity body a minerally long bitter finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2012
From a 640ml bottle- Two of my favourite styles but together can’t do any better than that. Maris (1572) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2012
From a 640ml bottle on 28/11/2012. Pours a very dark brown with a medium head. Has a relatively light but pleasant aroma featuring sweet dark fruit (prunes) and a dash of piney hops. Fantastic flavours greet you when you take a sip. You get typical IPA citrus fruits, along with some dark fruit, chocolate, a little espresso, toffee and a touch of licorice. Finishes with a medium to firm hop bitterness, with some distinct roasty notes. This is a very nice black IPA. Mountain Goat are getting quite good at delivering quality hop driven brews.