Dark Harvest | Bridge Road Brewers

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Bridge Road Brewers

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bridge Road Brewers together with gypsy brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergso of Mikkeller, created a one-off brew one Friday evening in March 2012. The result is "The Dark Harvest". Inspired by the timing of this collaboration, it was decided to make a dark beer, using locally grown fresh hops. Of several research hops being grown at Rostrevor Hop Garden one variety stood out for selection and was harvested just hours before being added to this beer.

Added by mulder1010 on 04-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by dansmcd:
Photo of dansmcd
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black with a retentive finger of foamy cream head and excellent streaks of lace.

S - The best of both worlds as I enjoy the passionfruit and lemon hops (simcoe?) and warm chocolate and coffee roasted malt.

T - Passionfruit is prominent at the tip, tempered by burnt coffee, which is a flavour I don't normally care for but here it feels muted and actually accentuates the hops. Fresh fruit with roasted malt never tasted so good.

M - Medium body, creamy and flavourful, moderate carbonation.

O - This is a style which I can find difficult to like, but this bad boy has nailed it. Up there with the Thorny Goat.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of goodbeerallday
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at beer deluxe.

A: chunky off white/brown head, equivellent of about 3 fingers. Near pitch black with no visible carbonation.

S: very old aged smell, oak, nutty, and some heavy malt tones. No huge hops on the nose that can distinguish. Maybe a tiny bit of smoke on this one.

T: heavy coffee and malt, no huge bitterness but some hop character definately present. Extremely smooth drinking with no real signs of the 6.6 abv showing. Quite filling on every mouthfill. No lingering.

M: extremely pleasant. No irritable astringent notes lingering.. Warming around the cheeks of mouth.

O: a decent beer, would not rave but would never say anything bad. Can't recall having a beer this smooth. Again a good black ale.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a large, light tan head.
Nose shows fruity hops, with pinapple and passion fruit the most prominent.
Underneath is roasted malt and nutty notes. Very tempting.
Roasted malt takes precedence over the hops in the flavours, with nutty, biscuit-like malt and earthy coffee notes at the forefront. Not too much in the way of hops other than in the piny, grapefruit-like assertive bitterness.
Could use a richer body.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of spicelab
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep chocolate with a tight mocha head that sits very quietly before falling gradually with some decent lacing to a raised ring.

Pine/lime splice, cut grass and passionfruit hops pairing easily with lots of toasty, gritty malts. Almost a rye-like spiciness to the roast character. Mild candied sweetness cuts through it all. Very nice.

Firm malt backbone of cocoa, liquorice and toasted grain supports a good dose of chewy hop oils. Don't get so much of the fruitiness in the nose, but more of a piney, minty bitterness.

Slick and even palate. Tingly carbonation provides a subtle lift. Mild bitterness seems to owe itself pretty equally to hops and roast.

Starting to look like Bridge Road are vying for the Limited Release Dark Beer Title (with respect to Mikkel on this occasion). Well executed, plenty happening and not much to fault.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Hoptron_3000
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black colour with dense tan head. Bottle conditioned. Good lacing.
S: Lovely piney hop stink and slight coffee.
T: Sharp pine bitterness nestled with roasted coffee. Dark molasses. Toasted bread crusts. Nice bitterness from roasted malts and hops.
M: Crisp mouth feel.
O: Wonderful, nice Black IPA/CDA.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DocDownUnder
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of mulder1010
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark Harvest
Collaboration between Bridge Roads and Mikkeller
Bottled 30/3/12
Hops from Rostrevor Hop Garden
Really should be a Australian Black Ale but this works for classification
330 ML into a Mikkeller Tulip (appropriate)

A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled black. Just a few ruby hints to this. Basically a layer of light brown head. Good lacing with this when swirled. Do get a half finger of head but quickly retreats to film again. Looks very good.

S-- Kind of like orange and pineapple combined. Interesting. Very earthy and gritty smell. Very different but very good. More Baltic Porter I think with a big hop profile.

T-- Weird. hard to put into words. Chocolate covered orange, rubbing alcohol, harsh, scorched pine, and dirty grapefruit. Malt backbone is solid and lets the hop profile come through. Interesting hop and the flavors from this are odd but very good.

M-- Low carbonation and medium feel. Oily and slick in front and mid palate. Dry finish with a long lasting metallic pine and grapefruit combination. Works in some weird way.

O-- Weird but good. Whatever this hop variety is it is different. Works well with the body of this beer though. If a Mikkeller fan should seek this out as this is good. One of the better beers Bridge Roads has done to date.

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Photo of k3ve
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adityashekhar
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Slowbeer. Shared with @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a deep brown colour, with a solid and consistent head of ochre-beige. Patchy, spotty lace forms as the head subsides. Body is pretty light, but very decent. Overall, a solid looking brew.

Nose is clear and pungent, with a solid green, slightly biting hop character drawing through the centre, above a solid malt base. Surprisingly, there's very little in the way of roast character to the brew, although there's perhaps a depth to the organics that suggests a hint of char or smoke. Good stuff.

Taste has more of a dichotomy: solid smooth roasted malt forms the basis, but the hops are certainly muted (as is to be expected from a wet-hopped ale, I guess). The roast is also mild, but without a big vector of compressed hops it feels dominant. Overall, it's a decent palate, but somewhat emphasises the drawbacks of brewing with fresh hops.

Overall, definitely a nice brew, and great to see more collaborations between Aussies and some of the world's powerhouse brewers. It's very decent and with good characters to it: but it's perhaps constrained by what it is intrinsically.

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Photo of personpitch
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bylerteck
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Harvest Wines. From notes.

A - Poured dark, dark brown. Bright with one finger of light brown head. Good rings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Roast and hop combine really well. Perhaps chocolate fruits.

T - Chocolate, roast, nice hop flavour again. Chocolate fruits come through again. Well blended and balanced.

M - Nice carbonation, smooth almost creamy medium body. Pleasant bitterness.

O/D - A nice Black IPA. Good flavours and really smooth. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being brewed in collaboration with gypsy brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller back in March 2012 means that with this Dark Harvest (the named derived from the fact that this is a Black IPA with experimental hops harvested mere hours before the mash) I am rather late to the show... and also that if you were keen on trying this brew you’ll have a damn hard time tracking it down. Regardless on my quest to provide beersumer advice I continue, even if the brew is a rare limited release that you will never get your hands on, let’s press on dear reader [actually it says bottled on 10/04/14 - so not really a limited release then - peasants rejoice!].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Big and black, not unlike like my motorcycle, with a fairly dense 1cm mocha head. Looks mocharific I must say, can’t wait to tuck in. 8/10.

S: Dark chocolate, vanilla and green (i.e. unroasted) coffee mixes with light earthy/herbal hops and a hint of smoke lingering in the background. Perhaps lacking a little in hops from other Black IPAs I’ve come to know and love (the Feral & Kooinda brews spring to mind). 7/10.

T: A subtle earthy hop note followed by some big dark chocolate and green coffee flavours and that unmistakeable smoke, finishes with some light citric bitter orange. The palate is well-balanced, though it edges towards a smoked Porter more than an IPA. As it warms the earthy tones come out more and you even get a hint of nuttiness as well. A good Black IPA then, but shy of greatness. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a fairly active carbonation, perhaps a little too active. 6/10.

D: As noted above this Black IPA borders quite closely to a Porter, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing (I love a good Porter), however when you buy a Black IPA your expectation is for the best of both worlds and the hops in this are too earthy and lacking in punch. Granted, that said this is still an enjoyable drop, it just isn’t going toe to toe with Feral Karma Chameleon or Kooinda Full Nelson or Kaiju! Cthulhu On The Moon in the Black IPA stakes... still I would buy this over many Porters I’ve had in the recent past. 7/10.

Food match: Anything cooked on a barbeque, specifically char-grilled meats.

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Photo of ADZA
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black hue with a two finger tight head and lacing everywhere,the smell is pine,orange zest,grapefruit and pineapple,the mouthfeel is just above light bodied and has tastes of pineapple,mandarin,passionfruit,boiled candy and finished with a citrus bitterness but not overly bitter and overall a nice black ale thats very easy to knock back cheers.

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Photo of admiral
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a very well balanced beer full of flavour.

aroma: orange, musky chocolate grapes with slight grapefruit

taste: cocoa/orange zest, chocolate grapefruit, musky chocolate grapes, roasted malt, spice with slight coffee.

another great beer from bridge road (with the help of quality brewer mikkeller).

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Photo of Kornoms
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to get this on-tap at the brewery from their last keg.

A: Dark, chocolaty color, with just the faintest hint of transparency. Smaller head, hung around for a while, and good lacing.
S: Piney and floral hops with aromatic oils and resins.
T: Hops come across very well, not too strongly. A delicious flavor of spice that fades to a chocolaty malt for the finish.
M: Moderate carbonation with a slight oilyness that goes very well together.
O: Love this beer. Perfectly balanced between the interesting hop profile and sweet, chocolatyness of the malt.

**I think we made up a few words to describe this beer.

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Photo of DioS
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heygeebee
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 30/3/2012.

Aggressive pour yields half finger head over black body. Head fades fast. Good lacing

Moderate hop aromas. Little else initally. As it warms the roast aromas join in.

Taste is better with the chocolate and coffee tones coming into play. Hint of grapefruit. Roast malt backbone is good. Big alcohol warmth kicks in on back palate. Long aftertaste. Bit of a mid-palate hole.

Mouthfeel is quite light and almost watery. Odd given the ABV.

Hmmm - not that good served at 4 deg, but better as it warms

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Photo of chogm54
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330Ml bottle, poured into half pint, bottled March 2015.

L - dark brown, opaque, pours a nice inch thick pale brown frothy head with reasonable retention

S - dominated by tropical fruits - like a fruit salad. Big notes of passionfruit, mango, hint of pine.

T - Initially bland, followed by resiny bitterness up front and cocoa beans with passionfruit flavours by the middle. Dark choc, roasted coffee, and slight smokiness towards finish,

F - low carbonation, thick bodied, dry finish.

O - great beer of two halves - IPA upfront, then almost porter like at finish. Well done.

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Dark Harvest from Bridge Road Brewers
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 28 ratings