hawthorne00 (3952) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2011
Bottle. Clear mid brown with a large lasting beige head. Low remaining carbonation. Aroma of pine, citrus, grapes, gooseberries, cut grass, a hint of chocolate and roast. Taste is dry with deeper roasted flavours and more pine than suggested by the smell. Lingering pine bitterness. I liked the way the roasty side and the IPA are brought together but left just slightly dissonant. gam (3930) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2011
Biege head good size soft carbonation very black pour aromas citrus mild floral dark caramel piney hops flavour strong medium bitter piney taste caramel chocolate bitter is something grapefruit sweet and bitter tastes mix so well finish hop citrus pine dark tastes caramel chocolate bitter lasting morishingly good black ale creamy aftertaste as well maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours dark brown with some red tinges round the outside. Nice tan head that stays and leaves great lacing. Aroma has lots of pine and citrus surrounded by slight roasted malts. Pine is everywhere in the taste with a very nice touch of citrus and grapefruit. Solid but lacks a little of body and roastiness JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle: Red brown beer with a light brown quickly diminishing head. Aroma is herbal hoppy and big malty with some chocolate and toffee notes. Taste is heavy sweett and bitter with notes of resin, herbs and spruce. Very bitter, dry finish. A different take on a black IPA. A tad too malty for me. Davros (3187) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2011
Pours ruby-tinted black, with a large, light tan head.
Nose shows lots of fruity hops, with passion-fruit and peach very noticeable, along with some soft resinous pine. Later on some cocoa and roasted malt become apparent. Very nice.
Very aggressive flavours, lots of pine, roasted malt, coffee and alcohol. Ends with a brutal hoppy and roasty bitterness.
Carbonation seems a little high to me.
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2011
Poured an almost black body with a decent head. Expected fruity aroma, peach and passionfruit followed by a touch of coffee. Taste is pleasant if not exactly standing out , same flavours as in the aroma. Very easy to drink and one BIPA I could probably drink plenty of. ALLOVATE (3015) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2012
Just on cool and into a snifter. Deepest, darkest brown, opaque with a quickly settling pad of yeasty goodness. Big, towering head of foam, holds up high for the length, daubing thick layers of froth in its wake. Deeply, resinous, sharp and piney, forestfloor hops meets salty caramel on the nose with nuances of tar, tobacco, scorched oak, cherry brandy and burnt, bitter raisins. Begins sweet, candyish and fruity in the mouth. A dry and drawing backend leads to a lovely balance of chunky malts and resinous, earthy hops. Very approachable stuff. Firm body, not too heavy, not too light, moderate carbonation and oily late. Wood, smoke and ash, burnt, bitter raisins and dark stone fruit like the nose, powdery cocoa too, lingers long between each sip. This sample is by no way fresh but the way the malt is not hidden, unlike other Black IPA’s, makes this a very quaffable ale. Another Murray’s gem! (33cL, BB 04/05/12, Cellarbrations Carlisle) jonno (2762) - JAPAN - JUN 25, 2011
This wasn’t too bad, but after the Kooinda Black IPA masterclass, this was ever so slightly non descript. Still a good solid effort, as expected by one of Australia’s better breweries. A decent fruity nose with some alcoholic malt coffee and chocolate notes. The body is fairly dense with the sweet chocolate quickly overun by the fruity hop finish. Never really differentiateis itself, but goes down nicely and demands a repeat! Muggus69 (2494) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2011
Black body, brown highlights. Dense tna head sticks around.
Aroma of fruity hops - citrus, tropicals, and spice. Notes of coffee grinds and dark chocolate noticeable.
Creamy palate, perhaps not as thick as I was expecting for the strength and looking like a stout afterall, certainly more like an IPA, rounded edges, no sign of roast acridity.
Solid back bone of sweet pale malt bringing with it notes of dark chocolate, roasted nuts and mocha. Hops come through with a vengence; resiny, ripe fruits, dried spices, with a firm but not aggressive lingering bitterness.
Very well made, doesn’t really come across as the dark beer it is, more like an IPA, and a bloody tasty one at that. Deadly drinkable! TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle. Smells great - tropical fruit. Lots of chocolate malt flavour with pine from the hops. Delicious.