jmm635 (855) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark brown with a khaki colored head. Piney hops hit me first, followed by roasted malts and chocolate, with noticeable spicy rye. Like a really well-hopped porter. Lingering finish. Very enjoyable!
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a growler. Black beer with a tan head. Aromas of pine, grass and dark chocolate. Medium in body on your palate. Roasted malt, earthy,grassy and bitter hops. Hard to decipher any wheat quality. Great flavor retention and the finish is clean and dry. Really good.
Godofthecellar (667) - NYC, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler, poured black with tan head which dissipated quickly. Smell and taste of malt and cocoa. Very smooth with a dry finish. Nice balance between the malt and hops, overall one of my favorite black ipa’s
ekoerper (588) - Iowa, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and lots of resiny hops. Pours black, tan head with good retention and lacing. Flavor is highly bitter, lots of resin and dank grapefruit, coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel and a slightly sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation. Nice.
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another offline rating from last December. Taster at the source. Jet black with a nice head. Smell was very hop forward, like I would expect from HF "lighter" hoppy ales, roasted malts, slight cocoa, and a bit of hay. Taste again with the hops, piney, resin, slight juicy citrus, roast, bit of cocoa, and a nice bitterness. Best I have ever had of the black IPA style.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap at the Blind Tiger. Pours a deep cloudy brown with a medium sized tan head. Aroma consists of a nice dose of earthy style hops coupled with a caramel malt undertone. Taste is hops forward with a nice balance of the same caramel malt from the nose, finishes long and dry with the rye really coming to is own in the end. Easy to put down, has a medium body and is silky smooth in the mouth. Excellent beer, the first I have had from them, kudos!
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 re-rating for the winter 11-12 batch. poured from a 750ml growler. pours brown just about black color (more black than brown...) with a lively but dense latte colored head that hangs out for quite a while. Hovering just above the glass there is a rich potent blast citrus and pine sting with a chocolatey roastiness. taste begins with an explosion of hop flavors that are stinging my best guess is chinook. the color makes you think stout but the malt flavor is lighter and cleaner without any astringency. mouthfeel has the perfect bitter bite and medium body with moderate smooth carbonation. I should’ve got a 2L...
biggirlpanties (181) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL swing top thanks to GT2 via yourefragile. Thanks! Great appearance : opaque black with a fluffy tan head. Webby lacing. Aroma is peat moss, ash, wet earth. Taste is woody, bitter, hints of fresh grapefruit juice paired with coffee. Strange combination of aromas and flavors that don’t meld as well as its rivals. Palate is okay, thinner, needs more body. Feels overly bitter and sharp. Definitely good beer but disappointing for hill farmstead.
yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL growler. Thanks Tucker.
Pours a clear dark brown, near black with a thick foam tan head. Good retention and sticky lacing throughout. Strong roast malt aroma with a strong punch of pine, light smoke and faint citrus. Flavor has a strong roast malt backbone with a subtle spice and breadiness throughout before a dry finish with strong pine hops and mild citrus sweetness. Enjoyed the balance of malt and hops more so with this than James. Creamy, medium thick body with light carbonation. A very nice black IPA with subtle rye spiciness.