italarican (1382) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at my farewell to NY party at Blind Tiger. Black pour. Slightly smoky with robust coffee notes and a slight fruity juiciness. Mild citrus notes, particularly grapefruit, and coffee. No chalk presence that I commonly get. What I really like about Hill Farmstead is they not only do flavors I like but get rid of the ones I don’t. This is no exception.
jackl (3775) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg @ The Ginger Man, NYC. Pours deep brown with a deliciously tight, thick mocha tan head. The nose is subtle roasted espresso bean, light bitter chocolate. Hints of pine, oak, lemon and spicy baked bread. The taste is a wonderfully harmonious balance of rich chocolate-dipped espresso and floral, spicy hops. The bitterness of the roasted flavors doesn’t dominate like in many black IPAs. More subtle bucolic herbs and sweet fruits are present, too. The body’s medium, the mouthfeel’s luxurious. The carbonation soft. Overall, a really great beer (served in excellent condition, too!). Hill Farmstead just keeps making great stuff.
Huhzubendah (2230) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the Blind Tiger in NYC.
The beer appears black with a thick, tan head. Long lasting retention with copious lacing. Hill Farmstead beers are beautiful. The aroma brings roast, pine, a hint of chocolate. Nice flavor. Well balanced, with a healthy pine bitterness on top of a roasted malt bill. Medium bodied with lingering chocolate in the finish. A solid beer.
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Jow (1818) - New York, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
So I finally try the ever elusive hill farmstead, and I call myself a beer man. Anyways tap at the blind tiger prior to checking out a show at the comedy cellar this Monday night. Pours dark brown with thin head and nose of evergreen forest, coffee, and tropical fruit. Tastes of pine, earth, cocoa, coffee, grapefruit, and resin. Nice round finish and easy drinking. Quite pleasant
mikem409 (1457) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at parker pie. pours light black with off white head. big citrus aroma. taste is medium body and loads of hop. semi dry
Sammy (8024) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed on tap at the Black Back Pub. An IPA that happens to have a shwartzbier element, chocolate stoutish. Average mouthfeel.
PhillyCraft (2762) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2012 On tap at Gingerman. Pours a deep murky black with medium to large bubbly beige head, good lacing patterns. Aromas of unbelievable citrus from the Centennial, roasted malts, chocolate, and bread. Taste is chocolate up front, followed by some sweet caramel malts and finishing with a nice juicy hop bite. Notes of grapefruit, pine, cocoa powder, smoked malts, and very subtle vanilla. Aftertaste is all ipa with an earthy grassy quality. Overall a delicious black ipa but I still prrefer the less roasty blacks like the ugly from Alpine.
Rrauth (1070) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the ginger man in NYC. Black IPA with citrus aroma. Brown head with nice lacing. Smells like it was dry hopped or it's fresh. It's a really nice beer to end our trip on.
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rejtable (1122) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours coffee black with a light head and lots of lacing. Aromas of espresso, plums, pine hops. Lots of hop bitterness in the finish. Medium body and med carbonation. A really special brew!
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Blackback Pub in Waterbury VT. Chocolate, roasted almonds, coffee, and light citrusy hops make for a quiet, dark aroma; flavor is somewhat similar, but with a resinous interior that shows the green a little bit more, though still not really very much. The hop qualities in this example seemed very relaxed and even almost hidden to me, and it wasn’t clear if the malts were meant to be the star of if they were drawn to the stage by accident. Their flavor is excellent; lots of chewy chocolate, nougat and nuts, with a smoky haze of roast. That distant hint of resin and citrus rind is enough to keep my senses in this thing. Palate is surprisingly thin, but not too much so; it lands on roasted nuts and chocolate at the end; for me it’s a tasty, strange one.