Huhzubendah (2230) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013 750 mL growler paired with original Nintendo and a wife. The beer is a deep, dark shade of brown nearing black. The head is wet sand hued, standing in at nearly two inches tall and plastering the tulip glass with sticky lacing.The aroma offers pine, hops, roast, chocolate. So fresh and flavorful. While I’m not normally a huge fan of black IPAs, this one is delicious. Hop forward, yet well balanced, offering chocolate, bready malts and lingering resinous pine. Medium bodied and smooth on the palate. Lightly bitter for the style with an elegant roast character.While Hill Farmstead Jimmy is undoubtedly my favorite black IPA (though barrel aging certainly plays a role in this instance), Foster stands in second. A great example of the style.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.
Pours pitch black with a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind.
Slightly floral hop aroma countered by slightly roasted malt notes. Hints of pine and citrus along with chocolate, toffee and toast. Not much wheat character and the nose is kind of bland.
Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a nice balance of dry, bitter hops and roasted makt. Could use some sweetness and there’s not much wheat character. Dry, bitter, piny hops up front linger over hints of chocolate, coffee, toast and oatmeal. Subtle citrus presence along with some grapefruit and faint orange/lemon zest. Decent and well balanced but nothing about this reminds me of wheat beer. Also, could use more sweetness.
msante79 (2194) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Pony-HK. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Aromas of roast, pine, little wheat, and some fruit. Flavors much the same with nice amount and pine and roast with a little citrus and fruit. Lighter body which made it easy to drink. Good stuff.
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dead black pour with a cappuccino like tan froth. The nose holds an extreme pine/ evergreen character with spurce like herbals and only the slightest hints of sappy resin. A touch of citrus compliments it all. The flavor holds sweet caramel and roasty malts with excellent proliferation of evergreen. Balsam fur, wheat grain, and dry roast. Really interesting and unique. The palate is medium to full with low, but perfectly caressing carbonation. Evergreen and roasty dryness in the finish. An amazing example of the style, and a small notch above James.
craftycarl21 (2116) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
**Note: This is a different recipe in 2012- no rye, straight wheat black IPA** Draught at the Farmhouse in Burlington; big thanks to my main man sflpunk for putting this on tap! Nearly black pour, smallish creamy but bubbly head. Nose holds a beautiful combination of dark evergreen notes (spruce and hemlock tips), orange rind, and good toasty malt and wheaty bread presence. Flavor brings more great west coast pine sap, excellent grassy bitterness, roasted malt, and beautiful smoothness on the palate, though also very very effervescent. Not the most complex of their beers, but the simplicity and forward flavors fit so wondrously with this brew. Excellent.
Steve_0 (2106) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler at my parents house, shared with my dad. Thanks Frank!!! Pour is pitch black with a pillowy brown head and great lacing. Pine, grass, roasted cocoa, light coffee, a touch of vanilla, and wood in the aroma. Pine needles, earthy hops, roasted malt, dark chocolate, bread, and graham crackers with a big bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel with medium-to-soft carbonation. Not my favorite HF beer, but a damn solid Black IPA.
Fred82 (2091) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at brewery.
Appearance : Pitch black with a small creamy brown head. Nice head retention.
Aroma : Nice citrusy and resinous hops with nice spicy rye. Really nice fruity hops.
Taste : Spicy rye with roasted malt. Crisp finish with spices. Sharp bitterness on the finishé
Overall : Really nice one. Great balance between rye and hops. Nice mix of rye spices with roasted malt. Nice dry and sharp finish. Great hop profile.
Reynolds314 (2011) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is better then James. A total hop bomb with a background of rye and chocolate. FInish is very bitter but still quite tasty.
AdamJackson (1995) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
$6 at three penny
Pitch black. 2 finger leathery brown head that fades to a thin Layer. Nice lacing
Smell is smoker malts, chocolate and tobacco. Lots of American piney hops.
Taste is very bitter, hint of smoke and some pine cone at the finish. Espresso beans and honey as well
Medium body. High carbonation on this tap.
johnnnniee (1953) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the source.
Pours a solid dark brown, black color with a decent sized off white head that persists forever. Smells of garlic and green onion with a nice hit of caramel and light chocolate along with a nice earthy spicy wheat aroma. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. sweet caramel and bready spicy malt accentuated by hints of chocolate and countered by onion and garlic hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy grainy mouthfeel. I normally don’t go for a wheat beer, but I enjoyed the hell out of this one.