Stuu666 (14806) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015 Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - NOV 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed the preceding Ravens and enjoyed the compare and contrast elements of NZ and US hops varietals. I see this as a beer that relaxes and enjoys the best of both elements. Deep black with port notes and a skim of cream coloured head. Aromas tend toward the orchard fruits of the Motueka Raven along with dates plum and chocolate. Full and plummy in the mouth and then apricots, peaches and dried fruits on a silky body. Not many indicators of the IPA nature but for all that, richly Porterish in nature. I love Porter. I also thoroughly enjoyed this beer,
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is roasted, caramel, pine, taste is similar, sweet toffee, boozy. Niksko (627) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2013
330ml bottle. Idiosynkrasie (7963) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2013
Pours a dark, coca-cola brown with a finger of very fine tan head.
You could smell it as soon as you opened the bottle. Really sweet mandarin liqueur, citrus fruits, some chocolate, and a bit of alcohol
Taste is sweet mandarin on the attack, followed by some chocolate, and then a really spicy, liquorice bitterness on the finish.
Body is heavy, with a sweet, syrupy mouthfeel.
The nose is lovely, but overall this beer doesn’t hide the alcohol well and I’m not a huge fan of the flavour profile.
330ml bottle [Thanx David]. Black colour with average, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, beige head. Herbal, piney hop aroma, some spicy yeastie notes, dark malty background. Taste is initially hoppy, dry, dark malty and rather Black IPA typical, later hints of leather, plum, cherries, minimally pungent spicy yeasty, hints of green onions, tarragon mustard, green hazelnut. Complex and kind of unique. HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with red glints around the edge. Resiny hops, dark fruits and malt aroma. Taste is darker: caramel, soy, chocolate and light espresso. Nice black IPA. mickash (37) - - JUN 20, 2013
I love this beer. Pours beautifully, retains head. Subtle chocolate and caramel biscuit flavor-super smooth, goes down a treat. Could drink this as a session beer-delicious.
Scopey (15683) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle at CGarvie tasting. It pours dark brown with a small beige head. The nose is mellow roast, caramel, berry and sweet jam. The taste is smooth roast, toast, caramel, dark fruit, bitter-sweet, boozy, earth, ash and bitter coffee with a dry warming finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Perhaps a touch boozy, but pretty decent nonetheless. BenH (3434) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
Bottle. Darl brown with little tan head. Aroma is slightly resinous, dark fruits. Taste of resinous pine, little coffee, caramel and toffee. Little sweet and sticky with a bitter finish. Nice zimbo (970) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
bitter root beer not enough substance for me too much sap and fermented sugar. Okay but a bit infected for me cgarvieuk (25987) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
bottle at home ... dark black brown ... soft sweet that toffee malt nose ... more of that caramal malt .. soft wishy washy ... soft fruits ... highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2013
Anzac Day special: big shout across the Tasman to Stu McKinlay and our bros in the struggle for better beer. This is a splendid imperial black IPA. If it wasn’t 10% I’d be driving back to the bottle shop to load up right now. Instead, I’m lolling in front of the computer with a big stupid grin on my coupon. When I first tasted Pot Kettle Black, I knew Stu and the guys could produce a great strong ale. This one is raven black with a short, lacing head. Gorgeous, rich aroma - keeps you dipping your snout over and over. Licorice, violets, dark molten chocolate, white, pepper, Shiraz - just lovely. Huge, filling mouthfeel. Thick, creamy. Not a million miles from an imperial stout in the mouth, with a terrific licorice-root spicy finish. Port, molasses, pine cones. Bravo. Dearly hope this wasn’t a seasonal one-off. (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars.)