motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 4, 2015
just unretired this one - it’s been on tap at both the happy wombat and the grain store in newcastle during the last week, listed as before the dawn black ipa. dark purpley brown with a thin, large-bubbled, off-white head; aroma of lamingtons, stewed pear; modest bitterness for the style and without much new world hop presence, but some pleasant roasted notes as it warms, light caramel and milk chocolate; probably as much a brown ale as it is a black ipa mkel07 (5845) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2012
On tap at Archive. Poured the colour of dark back oil with no light coming through at all. Very hoppy in both the nose and the mouth. jandd1983 (4276) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured a black color with a foamy tan head. The aroma was of caramel, chocolate, a little cocoa and a touch of grassiness. The taste was similar with sweetness, but bitter and hung around for a while. A very good Black IPA. hawthorne00 (3903) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle, 10C. Black with an inch of pale beige head that fades to a coat. Aroma of nectarines, orange blossoms, mocha, pineapple. Bittersweet and very choc-orangey. Little sweetness. Silky mouthfeel, alive with moderate carbonation. Firm bur unobtrusive bitterness. Earthy cocoa note, suggestion of roasted barley. Another good BIPA (!) from the Goaters - lovely texture as ever, perhaps slightly less interesting but more harmonious than the Thorny Goat. maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours jet black with a medium, dense lightly tanned head leaving great lacing. Nose is smack full of piney hops and light bitter sweet chocolate undertones. A hint of liquorice as it warms. The chocolate and pine are balanced in the taste. Liquorice slowly takes over with warmth. Super easy drinking. Solid stuff
Davros (3132) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2012
Pours dark brown with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows a fair bit of grapefruit and tropical fruit-like hops. Underneath is some roasted malt. Also some resinous notes. Pretty rad!
Fairly roasty flavours but still quite approachable (especially for a BIPA!). Lots of hops in there too, providing big tropical fruit flavours. Excellent balance between the hops and roasted malt.
Could use a bit more carbonation.
Amazing stuff. Muggus69 (2438) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2013
640mL bottle 2012
Deep ruby body, verging on opaque. Tight tan head holds
Moderate aroma; cooked citrus, woody spice, dried leafy hops, with some faint dry roast & biscuity malts.
Reasonably lively carbonation, full body with good length, yet alcohol well obscured.
Plenty of flavour on the palate; spicy, citrusy hops backed by lightly roasted malt notes of cocoa & charcoal. Firm bitterness on a drawn out finish.
Decent black IPA; well made - abv certainly well-masked!. Probably lacking the depth of complexity of the best examples. davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 11, 2012
On tap at the Alehouse Project. I think they nailed it. Aromas of liquorice, caramel, chocolate, some cola and grass. Taste is sweet and bitter, long lasting. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Black with a frothy head. Stew41 (2021) - Phuket, THAILAND - OCT 13, 2012
Not in the class of the Thorny Goat. Lean palate, by comparison, with more obvious hops drying out the palate. Cut grass and roast on the nose, both of which are subtle. Some smoke and slate in the back palate provides some interest but otherwise a bit pedestrian. Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours totally black with a brown head. Aroma is malt with fruits, chocolate, roasty notes and hops. Taste is light to medium sweet leading to a hoppy and fruity finish. Very very good!