Pyobon (1399) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2013
(Bottle) Beautiful looking beer - opaque almost black with large dense tan head. Lovely hoppy aroma with grapefruit, pine and some floral hints. Palate is lighter than you might expect for such a dark beer, having medium body nice fine carbonation. The flavour is also lighter than appearance leads you to expect, but is in no way lacking. This is a hoppy beer, but not over the top in bitterness. The flavour starts with a balance of roasty and tangy notes before the hoppy bitterness rapidly develops for a reasonable bitter finish. An unusual and very nice beer. stoutnick (842) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 Smell is hops and roasted character. Taste is more resiny quality in amongst the dark malts. Palate is perhaps too bitter after roast fades; not enough fruity dry hopped character. But it is a beer which grows on you, once you can deal with the bitterness. Ended up liking the intensity and boldness. bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with dense light tan coloured head. Plenty of lacing as it falls away to all except the thinnest film. Aromas show lots of sweet caramel and plenty of suggary sweetness. Hops show through as sour oranges. A little roasted grain brings it all together. Nice. Taste is dominated by resiny hop bitterness with only the some feint sweetness upfront. Finish is dominated by hop resins which hang around for ages. Medium mouthfeel. Nive beer.
Lunkie (1932) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2012
Dark brown colour excellent head and lacing. Chocolate malt hop atoma. Smooth fruity spicy chocolate malt flavour. Rich lingering palate. jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2012 Bottle from mane liquor. Pours black with a solid lasting tanned head. Aromas include lots of citrus fruits, grapefruit, dark chocolate and roasted. Loads of roasted malts and dark chocolate Backed by slight tropical fruits. Nicely of carbonated. chocolate more evident as the beer warms. Wonderful black IPA one of the best beers in Australia
Davros (3178) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2012
Pours black with a lasting, light tan head.
Nose shows pine, citrus, nectarines and grapefruit, along with very soft roasted malt and some crystal malt.
The roasted malt is more prominent as a flavour, but there’s also a fair hit of sweet malt underneath to stop things from getting to dry. In terms of hops it’s an assault of pine and grapefruit followed by an aggressively bitter finish.
Excessive carbonation. Gramoit (490) - Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2012
Pine hops strong on the nose. Taste is very smooth with medium-high bitterness and includes plenty of hops but with a strong dark chocolate flavor. fletchfighters (1528) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2012
Poured black with a light brown head.
Tropical fruit notes with a big roast background. Nice.
Heavy roast that turned to nail polish remover. Harsh bitterness. Could not finish as was overwhelming undrinkable. Pitty as nose and first sips were good
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mkel07 (5955) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2012
500ml bottle. Black as a moonless night with a good helping of light brown foam. Piney hop aromas burst forth and fill the nose. Quite light in the mouth with that familiar IPA flavour. damoninja (3) - D, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2012 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2012 Oh yes, maybe the best ipa I?ve had. Looks like a stout, smells sweet with a mild hint of tang, not the usual sour you get from an ipa. Love it, must try. Wheatsheaf in Adelaide had on Tap at tome of review.