Total Score: 6.8/10
Another Black India Pale Ale, the fastest growing style in Australia, and from Otway Estate Winery & Brewery (commonly known as “Prickly Moses”), who are pretty good Australian craft brewers. They aren’t up there with Doc’s favourites: Feral, HopDog or Little Creatures, but they do pull together some decent brews. Now it is the IBAs turn to impress, and if anything I know how big and beautiful an IBA* can be after Kaiju’s benchmark Behemoth.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Deep brown/black body with a half centimetre tan head… we’re smack in Black IPA country here (and loving every minute of it!). 8/10.
S: Prickly Moses didn’t hold back on this one: Big piney/resin/earthy hops intermingle with a dark chocolate base and hints of roasted coffee weave about in the foreground. An assertive, heavy-handed aroma, as it should be dammit! 8/10.
T: The hops take a bit of a backseat on the tongue, which gives the roasted coffee/dark chocolate malts a chance to shine. It’s an even keel between bitter/sweetness however it doesn’t really assert itself as much as it did in the aroma, which is a shame because it was a massive flavour profile that I was expecting. It finishes with a roasted coffee bitterness, that again is slight compared to other IBAs. 6/10.
M: Mouthfeel is really well done with a medium body and creamy carbonation… wait I just let off a massive belch, a little bit over-carbonated then. 7/10.
D: If I think back to all the IBAs I’ve had now (according to BeerAdvocate: four) this has to be the lightest tasting, and that is not a good thing, Otway have this annoying habit of brewing to a standard just below awesome when you just know that if they added a bit more ingredients to the mash they would nail it. I let my beer warm somewhat to get a better taste and it brought it up a notch overall. 7/10.
Food match: The style would dictate a combination of Asian cuisine and heavy stews, as luck would have it Japan has the answer to our IBA dilemma: Chicken Katsu Curry (extra gravy please!).
*Black IPA and IBA being interchangeable terms in beerland.