Kooinda Black IPA - Full Nelson | Kooinda Boutique Brewery

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Kooinda Black IPA - Full NelsonKooinda Black IPA - Full Nelson

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Kooinda Boutique Brewery

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mulder1010 on 08-15-2011

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Photo of stevoj
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours out black with a nice full beige head. Gentle roast grain aroma, fuller taste without overdoing the bitterness. Semi-sweet chocolate lingers.

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Photo of personpitch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of chogm54
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into half pint glass

L - very dark brown -almost black. Pours a decent sized frothy head that lasts a while. Some bottom settling sediment - medium sozed, pale brown, almost like yeast.

S - Some roasted malts and burnt coffee, but i'm impressed with the strong grassy and fruity hops smells - think tropical fruits (mango, passionfruit).

T - burnt bitter coffee and roasted malts upfront, but the hops quickly dominate this - very fruit, both tropical (mango, passionfruit) and stone fruit (peach).

F - full bodied for style, almost chewy texture.

O - enjoyable brew - very hop dominated.

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Photo of mpatto
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of doktorhops
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After the rather decent Milk Porter by Kooinda I really couldn't resist a Black IPA, having never tried any Black IPAs I really felt obliged to myself to taste one - Kooinda used some clever marketing there... maybe I should invent a White Stout then? [Too late Durham already brew a White Stout, dammit!] Well anyway I'm going to hoe into this Black IPA with the gusto that only a man who wanted to be the first to brew a White Stout does... and sob quietly to myself because my brilliant idea has been taken already.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: It wasn't kidding about its name - it is indeed black-ish, not ace of spades jet black but close enough, with a tan head that retreats to a thin lacing (it's an ABV thing).

S: Wow and you're expecting some Stout notes but all you get is straight American IPA pine/citrus hops... very interesting - like your pet German shepherd surprising you in the morning with a poodle haircut. There is a toasty biscuit base as well along with a tiny hint of cocoa, however for all intents and purposes my nose thinks this is an IPA, and my nose usually knows these things.

T: Then the flavour hits you right in the senses with an unseen note of smoke on the fore, followed by roasted coffee, biscuit malt and that expected pine/citrus hop finish. It's the smoke that really comes out of nowhere, if I was blindfolded and given this in a tasting I wouldn't know what to make of this - IPA? Stout? Rauch? Pale Ale? It has a bit of everything.

M: Medium bodied with a touch of resin stickiness and a light carbonation.

D: Talk about four beers in one glass. Ok, great, let's talk about the negatives as well - obviously it's a bit all over the shop and it doesn't know where to go "But that's the idea, duh!" I hear you saying, yes to an extent it is the idea, however it says "Black IPA" on the label not "Black IPA/Stout/Rauchbier/Pale Ale" which is to say though: I still do like Dr Frankenstein's grotesque monster of a man, I was just trying to find some negative to outweigh the positives of this fine tasty Ale.

Food match: This is a banquetesque drop fit for King Henry's hall of heady smoke, sweet blancmanges and roasted pheasant... preferably drunk in this situation from a Medieval pewter goblet.

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Photo of admiral
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big and bold black IPA, full of flavour and a great example of the style

aroma: roasted malt and winey fruit predominate

taste: chocolate, winey fruit, peach, mango and stone fruit

a top quality Australian brewery - have been impressed with all the beers I've tasted from this brewery so far

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a large, dark tan head.
Nose shows masses of passion-fruit, peaches, grapes and pineapple, but with a real sweet edge. Like smelling a bag of jelly snakes! Crazily fruity. Underneath is lots of caramel and some faint roasted malt.
Similarly fruity and sweet flavours, but soon afterwards the roasted malt enters, with soft coffee notes and a resounding, bold bitterness.
Carbonation could be higher, body feels quite thick and syrupy.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a deep Ebony colour with a tight tanned ceamy head that retains well.

S - Mainly aromas of Hop and Cocoa.Quite pronounced

T - Up front some nice dark roasted malt flavours. Cocoa kicks in mid palate and finishes with a little hop bitterness no hint of the 7% abv.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Looses points for lack of hop flavour, but gains points for being a damn solid brew in its own right. Plenty on offer here and recommended.

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Photo of danieelol
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Father forgive these low-scoring reviewers for they know not what they do.

Pours black with off-white slightly strange fluffy head.

Smell is pungent grapefruit and some pine/metallic notes. Think I get some Galaxy in this (edit: apparently it's Nelson Sauvin solely, to an impressive 70 IBUs. The IBUs are readily apparent). Bit of roast and malt in the background. Tangerine.

Taste is a rounded fruity orange and grapefruit with a malt backing. Slightly funky malt taste. Again, tangeriney.

Mouthfeel is about medium with strong carbonation.

Well done guys, damn classy beer. Don't really understand the "lack of hops" comments, there were plenty of hops in mine. May be due to freshness issues.

Edit: This is probably the best regularly available Australian IPA I have had, rivaling Feral's offerings. This beer is clearly underrated.

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Photo of joecast
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably the darkest of the style I've tried so far. Nearly pitch black with an excellent thick tan foamy head. Leaves heaps of lacing down the glass. Not what you expect from the usual IPA, but they must take the style pretty seriously.

Nice floral hoppy aroma mixed with more than a touch of dark malt influence. The combination of the two turns it into something different than what I expect. The citrus and coffee aspects are quite, um, quite interesting. I take back what I said before. It's like they both independently add to the aroma but still maintain their individual character. Nice but I would prefer heavier hop aroma and dial back the coffee on this. Shocking I know.

In the taste as well the contribution of the dark malts is right up front. Ground coffee bean, roasted malt, hop bitterness, dry, this beer doesn't mess around. Hits hard and doesn't even give you the chance to brace yourself. The whole palate gets coated with a drying bitterness which lasts right through the finish.

As with any style there are examples which hit each end of the spectrum. This one hits the harsh brutal end. A bit too much black which, to my mind, obscures the IPA.

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Photo of IanRiley
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a creamy, smooth, tan head. Good head retention.

Big, piney, resinous hops. Very nice and clearly quite oily. Very mild roasted note.

Lovely, sharp hop character with plenty of earthy, resinous bitterness and a very slight fruity edge. Only a touch roasty with a drying minerality. I really like this and it shows off the dry, earthy style of Black IPA very well.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A very nice Black IPA and a wonderful demonstration of what can be done with the style.

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Kooinda Black IPA - Full Nelson from Kooinda Boutique Brewery
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