nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour from a 750 ml. growler revealed a dark black brown beer with a tan mocha like head. Aromas off it were roasted toasted malt and earthy pine needles. Really nice feel on your palate. Blend of flavors was exceptional with coffee, cocoa, and bitter citrusy hops. Grassy earthiness and purity of flavors as well. The finish was long long and extremely good leaning on the dry balanced side. Definitely one of the top IPA’s of this style I have tried.
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by Kan! Thanks. Pours a rich blackish brown hue, near opaque with brownish edges, lighter, a frothy beige head dies to a loose bubbly tiny film, light lacing. Aromas are a rich huge blast of citrusy hops, grapefruit envelopes the nose, with lemons, grass, and florals bringing up the rear. Touches of resiny pine. Dry and bitter, very. Some touches of roast, smoke, and toffee, gentle roast, toast, faint cocoa. Nice. Initial is medium bodied offering a heavy handed citrusy hopping with smokey malts, roast and ash, touches of smoked essence, toast, and roast. Mellow sweetness, a blast of hops and smoke play well. Really works well. Top notch AGAIN from the crew at HF.
Reynolds314 (2228) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My expectations are so high from Hill Farmstead that a 3.8 was actually a bit of a dissapointment. Hugely bitter finish on this one. Relatively fizzy and thin tasting but the hop flavors are very very good and citrusy flavorful. Slight roasted character that could be stronger. Overall a great black IPA.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours dark brown with a red tint and a bubbly tan head. Aroma of piney hops, orange peel, caramel malts and some citrus in there too. Flavour is bitter, caramel malts, orange peel and lots of hops. Very fresh tasting, bitter, well balanced. Gorgeous!
mcberko (5931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL growler, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany!), pours pitch black with a small tan head and tons of sediment. Aroma is a perfect rich balance between intense hops and roasted malts, with a bit of espresso and piney / resinous hops. Flavour begins intensely roasty and burnt, with beautifully roasted / woody / espresso-y malts, followed by intense piney / resinous hops, leaving a rich roasty and hoppy finish. Little bitterness, as the hops are simply incorporated to expel their flavour without the associated bitterness. Excellent black IPA - one of the best I’ve had.
Ernesto987 (3526) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2013 Growler I picked up from last event, huge bitter bomb. Not much black malt characteristics really. The flavors are delicious but a little one dimensional.
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011-11-24. Black body with a small tan head. 4+ Massive hop aroma explodes out of the glass a couple feet away from your glass. Mild, odd roasty undertones. 9+ Flavour is a bit disappointing at first after such a big aroma, roasty dark malt is fairly bitter and don’t entirely work with the hops at first. The hops grow exponentially from the first sips, eventually providing a much more pleasing balance with the roast, at least for my tastes. Lots of fresh leafy green hops. 7+ Smooth average bodied palate is softly carbonated. 3+ Really nice, it took me a while to get into it but it grew on me a lot by the end of the glass. Bottle shared by Blankboy
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Uber black pour with a vivacious white froth. Monstrous earthy grapefruit, orangepeel, and a beautiful soft roast cocoa nib bitterness that tails off with cream and herbal dankness. Righteous dark chocolate earthen grassy hops in the flavor culminate with citrus resin and caramel hints. Rich palate with a caressing mouthfeel and roast finish. Another epic HFS beer.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the brewery. Pitch black with a decent white head. Great hop aroma. Fresh piney hop taste. This beer us well made.
Fred82 (2113) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2012 Pint shared two ways at Black back.
Appearance : Deep brown with small head.
Aroma : Citrusy and piny hops with some coffee. Light caramel.
Taste : Piny and citrusy hops. Quite hoppy.
Overall : Well balanced. A bit more hops than malt but fairly elegant. Would have given it a 3.9 but my last rating was more complete and done on a better palate so rating stays the same.
12oz on tap at Black Back.
Appearance : Pitch black with small creamy brown head.
Aroma : Great citrusy and fruity hops, nice chocolate notes.
Taste : Great citrusy and fruity hops. Nice roasted malt. Finish is citrusy with chocolate and light coffee.
Overall : Great beer. Nice hops with a great roasted malt presence. Not too much hops so you can still taste the nice flavors imparted by the malt. One of the better balanced black IPA I’ve had. Still this is not my favorite style. November 8th 2011. 9,4,8,3,17;4.1