Brewed by Murray’s Craft Brewing Co.
Style: Black IPA
Bob’s Farm, NSW, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Why would our business deliberately produce something that most people won’t like? Isn’t the whole purpose of being in business to sell as much of your products and services as you can to make money? At Murray’s our passion is about our beer. What interests us and a lot of our supporters is pushing the boundaries of what great craft beer can be. Shawn’s fault is an out-there beer! Freestyle brewing at its extreme. If you like big flavours and something a bit different, you’ll love Shawn’s Fault. And if you don’t – then it’s Shawn’s fault! This is not a beer for low-carb, no flavour fans. Inspired by reading about an American craft brewery’s India Black Ale, this is a full flavoured IPA brewed using dark malts. The result is a great blend of big hop flavour and aroma with the strong dark chocolate, almost coffee-like flavours from chocolate and black patent malts used. The naming of this beer is really a joke with no pun intended. And if you really hate the beer, don’t blame Shawn. Blame Murray!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark coppery brown with a lasting, foamy tan head. Hoppy aroma has notes of grapefruit, lemon, passionfruit and spruce, with malty, caramelly undertone. Flavour is quite hoppy also with some solid piney notes upfront and some decent bitterness but this is tempered by some substantial sweetness and stronger notes of caramel and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is light and slick with lively carbonation and a lingering bittersweet finish. Really just like a very hoppy brown ale and quite a nice one at that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2010
hoppy beer, great off the tap. had a strong malt backing as well. tried this at The Local Taphouse and was quite impressed, especially after all the hype murray had given it in the leadup (dont like hype, as usually go into the tasting with too high of an expectation.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2010
Tap at Beer Deluxe. Very impressive beer. Dry, lean and freshly hoppy in a way that Big Wednesday wasn’t. Seems to me like classic US hops - fresh and piney, with a lot more aroma than flavour and bitterness. Doesn’t taste especially roasty (it’s a deep brown, nowhere near black) but has a line of dark chocolate running through it, which perhaps might enhance the dryness. It’s a really great mix, super tasty. I’d love to see them brew a pale IPA this good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2012
I love this beer. The idea of putting an IPA and and a dark beer, my two favorites styles together was brilliant. A fantastic hop aroma and enriched by the great chocolate and dark malt profile. Easy to drink, which could end up to be dangerous, with the abv of 7.5%. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rangi (670) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 30, 2014
Really enjoyable black ipa. Full of amearican resiney, citrus hops with very slight pine. Subtle coffee and roast notes to back up. Great beer which is well balanced but still offers some nice full on punchy flavours. Would order again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmeup (663) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2011
Awesome BIPA! Choc roasted malt, berries and pine. Freestyle, go for it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eManu (541) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2011
Pours a dark reddish brown, with little tan head, just a ring around. Aroma of sugars, coffee, and hops. Flavors of bitter coffee, hops, grassy. Little waterry in texture, hints of raisin. Some nice flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gramoit (472) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2012 Murrays never disappoint, this is another ripper. Coffee, Chocolate, some roasted malts and hops on the nose. Dark chcoclate and coffee at first is tasted but then the hops come in to make it full of flavour but very well balanced whilst being fairly bitter. I was lucky enough to have this on tap at Manly Murrays.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2012
A reasonable beer. I like the concept and the fact Murray’s is trying something new. The various flavours were nice, but a little confusing together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2014
Pretty good black IPA, not as balanced as some others out there though. But still easy drinking, partially helped by the lower ABV.

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