Gramoit (494) - 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. Maris (1611) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2013
From a 500ml bottle on 21/1/2013. Pours a very dark amber with a medium to big tan head which disappears quickly. Has a pleasant pine hop aroma with some dark malts (particularly caramel) in the background. In the mouth, there’s lots of sweet milk chocolate and caramel, which is set off against a big piny resiny hop finish, which features a touch of roastiness as well. The palate is quite creamy and the carbonation lively. A very good black IPA with heaps of character. Makes me proud to be an Aussie! Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2013
Pours totally black with a brown head. Aroma is malt, fruit, roastiness and hints of pine. Taste is medium sweet leading to a dry roasty and fruity finish. Very impressed with this one! hawthorne00 (4188) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2012
Bottle, 10C. Almost black with a light tan head that fades to a coat then sticks around. Aroma of grapefruit, orange blossoms, pine, licorice, a hint of cocoa (or my eyes are deceiving my nose). Silky mouthfeel, low carbonation. Taste has slight sweetness with a little mocha, plenty of bright citrus fruit, pine, lingering bitterness. Very clean palate which for me makes it lack a little charm - but the flavours ring out so clearly it’s more than a fair swap. Very good. Pyobon (1530) - 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.