mickmac (494) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2018
640 ml bottle. Pours with an average sized tan head over a clear dark brown-black body. Aroma-taste of pine resin and brown bread crust. Medium bodied mouthfeel and moderate bitter finish. DavidAust (276) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2017
Tall bottle into an IPA glass. About 6-8 degrees Celsius (as per brewers instructions).
Aroma was a mix of malt and floral notes that was surprisingly hard to separate, with the malt quickly overriding the IPA characteristics.
Jet black as midnight. Held up a few centimetres from a light bulb and nothing, not a ray of light came through. Tan head, about a finger and half, and good lacing. No visual carbonation, but that could be due to the opaqueness of the beer.
Immediate bitterness upfront, that was quickly hidden behind the malt backbone, and left the palate on a medium length with caramel overtones. The mouthfeel was neither thick or thin - in fact it was unnoticeable - leaving all the focus on flavour.
Good drop, enjoyed.
CurlyJoe (427) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2017 Pours a dark cloudy brown with tan head, plenty of lacing. Aroma is very chocolatey and a little boozy, like a liqueur chocolate. Also plenty of dark roasted coffee and some sweet, dark fruit. Taste is mostly driven by chocolate initially, then fruit and malt comes through, finally finished off by a fair hit of bitterness. Some lingering booze too. Very smooth drinking with creamy head. Nothing offensive, but not lacking in big flavour and substance. Very well rounded beer. mcberko (20253) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2016
640mL bottle, pours black with a small beige head. Nose brings out a good mix of roasted malt and piney hops - pretty typical for the style. Flavour is surprisingly easy-drinking for the style, with robust roasted malt and piney hops in good balance. No harshness at all. Very nicely done. varanid99 (1417) - AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2016
Deep brown, almost black pour with a decent tan head. Piney, tropical fruit, chocolate aromas. Taste is sweet, chocolate, tiny bit of coffee, pine and nice long but light bitterness. Pretty damn good
vanvenlo (1938) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2016
Bottle(13-Mar-16)Light plum aroma.Black,low head&suds lace.Sweet roast plum choc flavour.Sweet roast malt finish&plum herbal aftertaste. ngunity (182) - - JAN 23, 2016
From bottle, pours very dark brown with stoutesque head; beautiful to look at. Drinks smooth with lingering pine finish. Definitely an IIPA first and black second, with just a bit of roastiness floorpie14 (1) - - NOV 30, 2015 does not count
Creamy head, good weight, not too effervescent. Balanced fruit with a strong smoked malt backbone. Classy aussie brew for all weather. hawthorne00 (4232) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown with an inch of light tan head. Seething aroma of kumquats, grapefruit, nectarines with pain au chocolat behind. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. Getting towards silky. Sweet with mocha, fudge, biscuit. Fruit flavours struggle to assert themselves as much as in the aroma, but gradually show through. Alcohol is well hidden. Very good, but doesn’t quite live up to the aroma. Maris (1625) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2015
From a 640ml bottle on 17/10/2015. Pours not far off black with a big tan head. Has a big nose featuring lots of tropical fruit, some piney hops and some chocolate. In the mouth, it’s got terrific balance for a big beer. There’s heaps of sweet fruit and chocolate, set off against some really firm hops and a distinct roasty, lingering bitterness. The texture is quite creamy and the carbonation. Long, intense,complex and harmonious. Yet another great beer from Riverside.