@nine_fingers_brew was born out of a musicians unfortunate accident which left him with nine fingers. The loss to the music world is a gain to the brewing world if the Black Ale Sun is anything to go by. Brewed for @gabsfestival 2019, it’s labelled as an Extra Black Ale (XBA). This is probably an apt description when you look at the concept of an XPA – it’s got enough oomph to provide flavour and enjoyment, but it’s no big dog Black IPA. Give me four (or six) of these on a cool Friday night or Sunday afternoon with mates in front of the footy and I’d be a happy man. This is my first Nine Fingers. I’m going to have to buy some more of these and explore the rest of their range.
Can. Pours black with deep brown tinges around the edges and a small, off white head. The aroma doesn’t match the appearance, with tropical fruits (passionfruit and lychee) and floral citrus notes, finishing with roasted malts. Quite bitter (pine and grapefruit) up front, moving into moderately roasty, dry malts, a touch of espresso and bitter dark chocolate to finish. Moderate mouthfeel, but quite full for its ABV. Really enjoyable beer.

3.7/5. Trent. Purchased @lugarnocellars