Mountain Goat Rare Breed Before The Dawn Black IPA - Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
Bottle: solid dark brown 640mL tallie with one of those awesome labels that don Mountain Goat's upper echelon ales. Lots of facts, funky and stylishly presented.
Appearance: dark brown in colour with ruby highlights against the light. A frothy head bubbles up to two fingers, and drops quickly to a cresty one finger. Looks quite good, but dissipates disappointingly quickly, with almost no lacing.
Aroma: quite good, if a bit simplistic. Plenty of sharp but slightly sweet caramel and molasses malts with some dark fruits throughout. Not sure it smells of an IPA however.
Taste: changes in the glass as it warms. At a slightly cooler temerpature (approx 5-6 degrees) it is filled with crisp, roasted coffee and chocolates. At (what I assume is ) the prper temperature, though - approx 9-10 degrees), the flavours resolve to a combination of those malts on the nose with some plums and the tiniest touch of biting hops.
Aftertaste: flows in the aftertaste - again no change in flavour, but it lingeres nicely. Could be sipped, but I reckon this is a good sessional.
Mouth feel: nice. Medium in body with a moderate to high carbonation. The only thing that gets me is that this really doesn't feel like an IPA at all. Seems more like a heavy stout / IPA hybrid.
Overall: I'm not sure this really comes across as an IPA, but it is a fantastic brew. I could definitely enjoy this more often than not, and would happily drink it every day if I won the lottery. At over AU$10 a bottle (not sold in cases from what I could gather) it is a bit dear, but it is worth it.
02-27-2013 12:51:29 | More by SmashPants
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
From Warner's. BB 0513.
Pours black, hint of red on edges. Off white head, two finger.
Aromas of hops, pine.
Taste is mainly hop driven, so at least this is not a hoppy stout! Hops first, then roast flavours. Add to roast a little chocolate, caramel, butterscotch. Moderate and controlled hop bitterness on back palate. As the beer warms, the flavours change to more mellow and a hint more dark chocolate , but no-one element dominates. Amazingly complex and integrated.
Mouthfeel is really spot on, lowish carbonation and medium weight.
This is a really welcome offering from MG - well done guys!
10-19-2012 09:26:23 | More by heygeebee
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Bottle shared in Sydney with a friend who brought it from Melbourne. From notes.
A - Poured black but no opaque, red comes through in the light. Good carbonation, one finger of beige head. Spotty lace and film of retention.
S - Lot's of citrus, very nice, dark fruit and some chocolate.
T - Chocolatey tropical fruits, dark fruit, nice and roasty, chocolate covered fruits. Delicious.
M - Good carbonation, medium body, decent bitterness.
O/D - A nice, soft, and tasty Black IPA. Very drinkable and tasty. Well done.
10-16-2012 09:06:00 | More by tbeckett
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
Very dark brown which appears mostly black. Creamy, dense and longlasting tan head. Very nice.
Earthy, citrussy hop character. Some light roast. Well balalanced nose and what is quickly becoming the classic Black IPA nose.
Soft malts with touches of chalky roast. Lots of earthy hop character and some nice fruity touches. Not particularly estery which is good. Very balanced.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. Silky and smooth.
A lovely Black IPA. Easy drinking and with an appropriate balance of darker malts and earthy, fruity hops.
10-06-2012 08:34:13 | More by dgilks
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours dark brown with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows a fair bit of grapefruit and tropical fruit-like hops. Underneath is some roasted malt. Also some resinous notes. Pretty rad!
Fairly roasty flavours but still quite approachable (especially for a BIPA!). Lots of hops in there too, providing big tropical fruit flavours. Excellent balance between the hops and roasted malt.
Could use a bit more carbonation.
10-04-2012 10:20:10 | More by CrazyDavros
3.55/5 rDev -12.3%
Bottle purchased from Beer Cartel by @epiclurk.
For all the Goaters' posturing on the label, this beer actually pours a lot lighter than expected: a deep brown-mahogany hue, with a very frothy, almost obscene head of mildest mocha. Lacing is great though, and the body is fairly solid. I wonder about the carbonation: it doesn't seem visible in the body much, but the head is pillowy and insubstantial, like it's being supported by a lot of CO2. Well, we'll find out, I guess...
Nose is a pleasant and workable mélange: bright, green, albeit slightly generic hops with a broad malty base and a hint of roast. The greenness of the hops becomes a little bit too prominent, almost giving a slight grassiness to the aroma: not the broad, fruity characters I expect from Galaxy and Cascade. As it warms, the malt gets a bit heavier, leaving a touch of chocolate sweetness. Overall, it's Good, but doesn't ever get beyond Good.
Taste is similar, although the hops are even less pronounced here. Mild malty entry gives some roasted but soft grain characters, before a slight spike in bitterness towards the finish. The ending is very smooth at least, with rippled waves of chocolate and coffee drifting off and away. The hop flavour perhaps only comes through near the front when you can still smell it, lending a faint citrus aroma along with some fruit skin. Feel is supple and smooth and very pleasant.
Overall, I'm happy enough with this, but it's not the most exciting (and far from being the most IPA-like) Black IPA. Given that it's a style that really needs to reign in and control the balance between it's conflicting elements, a small mishap on one side or the other can really make a big difference—as I feel it has in this example.
10-02-2012 07:54:38 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.28/5 rDev -19%
640ml bottle, thanks to mulder1010 for this. Into a Lost Abbey tulip.
Pours pitch black with a beige-tan foam on top. Nice head and good retention with wavy lacing on the way down. Impressive!
Smells of roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate and relatively faint hop presence in the form of dank pine and tropical galaxy fruitiness.
Taste has a bit of pine intermixed with roasted malt and chocolate/cocoa. The latter wins the contest and basically makes a mockery of the black IPA name, instead making this a hoppy black ale.
Nice and full bodied, what a 7.4% ABV beer needs. Good mix of roasted bitterness and hop bitterness to leave you with plenty to contemplate.
Nice to drink, i like roasted dark beers and beers with a good amount of body. Is it a black IPA? In my books, no. Too much roast for that. If i were to shut my eyes i'd know for sure it's a black ale and not be thinking it's an IPA, which for mine is what a Black IPA should do, have you think it's an IPA yet the colour is different.
09-21-2012 09:30:12 | More by MrKennedy
Mountain Goat Rare Breed Before The Dawn Black IPA from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.