davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Tap. Great beer, tastes like an imperial stout. Aromas of apple, liquorice, dark fruit, and coffee. Taste is great, with a sweet start and a long-lasting bitter finish. Palate is velvety, with a medium-to-full body. Colour is a very dark brown, with a frothy white head. Stew41 (2025) - Phuket, THAILAND - AUG 14, 2011
A relative non-event. Excess fizz distracted me from the get-go. Roast is mid weight and of course does get dominated by the hops but I guess that’s the intent of the style to some degree. Gets a touch resiny and sweet on the finish, again a function of the hops
StevieT (2013) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2014
From a growler from Murray’s. Pours a very, very dark brown, off-white head that laces well, mild coffee aroma, bitter roasted malt flavours with dark chocolate hints. fletchfighters (1531) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2012
A-- Poured black with a bit of red on the sides of the glass. A mostly mocha colored film, no real head to speak of. Was told that they were almost out of this and were surprised they had any today.
S-- Chocolate was predominant but got a bit of the citrus and hop smell. What was there was lemon with tropical fruits.
T-- Excellent. Plain and simple. Was hop forward with citrus (lemon and grapefruit) with a bit of pineapple. Followed by a nice chocolate finish.
M-- Excellent carbonation. Very well balanced between the malts and the hops. Not over the top like some US IPA’s can be. Very nice beer.
O-- Solid as heck black IPA. Maris (1514) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2011
From a 330ml bottle on 8/10/2011. Abv listed as 7.5% rather than 7.2%. Pours a very dark amber with a big head. Has a slightly fruity, hoppy aroma. The flavours are primarily dark chocolate and a touch of fruit. Very hoppy at the back. Another enjoyable beer from Murrays.
Pyobon (1403) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2013
(On tap - Forest Lodge Hotel) Black with a good slightly off-white head. Lovely aroma with notes of exotic / stone fruit. Full bodied with zingy carbonation. Taste is rich and dark with notes of coffee and dark chocolate. with nice refreshing fruity / floral overlay. Great hoppy bitter finish. Overall, this is an excellent beer - after two at 7% you know you have been drinking, but this is what beer is supposed to be. eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2011
black ipas pose lots of questions. like, do they (should they) even exist, really; how the hell do you mix superfruity hops and dark malts together and keep it drinkable; and how do you keep the body light enough for the hops to come through and full enough to be satisfying in a dark beer kind of way. and shawn has answered all these questions very convincingly here, except for the first one: the weaknesses here are not from the brewing but the concept. the licorice and tar of the black patent rubs the edgy passionfruity hops up completely the wrong way - it’s like espresso and sauvignon blanc at once. but theres a nice chocolatey softness in the mid palate that partially redeems it, and the bitterness comes through clean and peppery. ComradeK (1236) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2011
330ml bottle. Pours a near opaque, ruby-hued black, with a large beige head, which lasts well, and leaves excellent lacing. Fresh, strong hop aromas of pine and grapefruit mix with some floral notes and some very imperial stout-like molasses and dark chocolate. A sharp lemon flavour introduces the beer, moving into a strong bitterness, with pine, spice and some chilli. This gives way to a sublimely dark and malty body, with rye bread, dark chocolate and wafer biscuit flavours mingling pleasantly. Floral hops reappear towards the finish, along with a touch of spice and coffee. This is an amazingly good beer, as I have come to expect from Murray’s. It combines the best elements of an IPA and an imperial stout to create a dark and luscious beer with a huge kick of hops to pep things up - a lovely brew indeed. jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle from mane liquor. Dark brown pour with a small tanned head. Solid lacing left on the glass. Nose is pine dominant with a hint of dark chocolate. Taste is loads of pine and citrus hops. More hints of Choc in the taste. No real roasted malts or coffee tones about it tho. Easy to drink but not as good as a kooinda black ipa or a before the dawn.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with smallish tan coloured head. Reasonable lacing. Noce aromas of citrus hops supported nicely by some roasted grain. A little light caramel shines through to wrap things up. Flavours show some sweetness up front before the expected bitterness from the grain and hops. Nice beer.