Pdubyah (793) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 3, 2014 bozoNZ (781) - Christchurch, - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A couple of months old now so the hop hit has mellowed a touch. rich darl malt base - very drinkable but just shy of the punch it had early on
All the time I’m thinking that I’m not a fan, that I’m trying to like this in a really hard way, but there is the crash of the bitterness that is the thing. That’s all the thing there is though. As it sits I do get a caramel on the aroma, that’s somewhat pleasing. I liked this more as it warmed in the glass, but then it just finished and I had no more.ShaneJ (910) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2013
Earlier Rating: 10/21/2012 Total Score: 3.8
I think I find this a little bit ooh and little bit ahh and not a lot of wow.
The hops are remarkable, the aroma I got none. The bitterness is at a nice level and malts are understated.
Bottle from Slowbeer. Black, bitter, very nice. Citrus, pine, roast malt, quite sweet, but dry finish. Quite good. Davros (3290) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2013
Pours black with a large head.
Nose shows roasted malt, piny and resinous hops, bready malt, honey and grainy notes. Nice!
Lots of roasted malt as a flavour, with nutty, toasty and bready characters too. Some earthy resinous hops but they’re not bold.
Nice moderate-high carbonation works well.
Very enjoyable stuff. allanbowers (93) - melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2013
Pours jet black with almost no head.
This is a fairly lively black ipa which is far more drinkable than the 6.5% alcohol content would suggest.
This isnt over powering with hoppy taste. beer-yum (1890) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 26, 2013
A pleasant black IPA made more interesting by the chance of comparing the brew to the Motueka (NZ) hops version. Personally, I prefer this one with the Yakima (US) hops but wouldn’t pass on the other if offered.
Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2013
330mL bottle. Pours black with an off white head and a rich dark malt aroma with a sweet citrus backing. Wonderful creamy chocolate and stone fruit flavours. Very nice beer. davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle from K&G. Great balance. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, grass. Taste is sweet and bitter, very well balanced, and with long length. Palate is creamy, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head. hawthorne00 (4116) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2013
Bottle, 10C. Almost black with a light tan head that fades to less than a coat. Aroma is floral and earthy with some citrus, mocha, licorice and some molasses lurk underneath. Dark sugar sweetness and coffee are more upfront in the taste, with citrus and pine as accents. Dry finish with moderate bitterness, lingering pine. Very nice, but again I wonder whether I’m a bit late on this one. ALLOVATE (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2013
Second in the trilogy.jonnyguns (1106) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2013
Into a snifter at just on cool. A midnight mahogany is the body with a loose one inch of messy foam atop that laces well. Nose has toffee and burnt sugar, scorched berries, raisins, cranberries and a hint of ripe plums under layers of smoke and ash. Quite rich, tarrish and assertively herbaceous in the mouth. Plenty of meaty dark malts fill it out well; the carbonation only soft and prickly. There is a little blueberry bubblegum up front, burnt sugar and a touch of charred wood in the back before the barreling hops take over. Nicely bitter and very resinous, dry and long in the finish but lacking in a little definition. I had expected more esters present and am still unsure about the Yakima type hop/s used. Still, this is a solid version of the style!! (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a very dark brown/black with nice fluffy head. Aromas of chocolate, little bit of coffee maybe and some hops. Taste is roasted chocolate/coffee hit upfront with the sweet hops coming through. Really good beer like this one better than the NZ version! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone