Stine (1629) - 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.
auerbrau (3179) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Parker Pie Company - West Glover, VT. Bristling pine needle and coffee-like aroma. Bright and vibrant. Flavors were clean and stunning. This seems much darker and heavier than most Black IPAs, but it never gets oily or stout-like, staying fresh and carrying the unique and delicious Carafa and C-hops combo forward. Very nice.
Maverick34 (2366) - New York, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught via brouwerij lane. Deep mahogany pour. White head. Earthy yeasty smell. Light coffe taste and roasted malts. Excellent
AdamJackson (2885) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at skinny pancake Poured dark brown to black. In the glass, three finger coffee head with tight bubbles. Faded slowly. Lots of head lacing. Brown edges. Pretty black. Roasted and smoked malts. Hint of campfire and some cocoa tastes. Simcoe and other piney hops. Some tropical fruit tastes. Overall, a pine dominated IPA. Very soft, drinkable, medium body. Fine bitterness at the finish that sticks around.
mabel (6830) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[4148-20111124] 750mL bottle. Aroma like tennis shoes dipped in hoppy grapefruit orange paint. Black brown body with a long-lasting creamy light tan head and some spotted lacing. Bitter toasted citrus zest hops and roasty grains hops flavour. Full body. All hoppy hops and citrus though. (8/3+/8/4/16) 3.9
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, HogTownHarry, jerc)
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My bottle [750ml] shared with HogTownHarry, jerc & mabel -- c/o Glouglouburp. Nov. 2011. Pours a dark ruby-brown, almost black, with an average size semi-lasting frothy beige head. Aroma: Whoa, a hop explosion! Resiny, citrusy and leafy along with roasted malt and a hint of coffee -- smells great! Flavour is predominantly hops followed by roasted malt and a big, long bitter finish. Average bodied. A treat for this hop-lover, I absolutely loved it!
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler... super hoppy black ipa, I personally like more roast but if you’re into really fresh and hoppy beers, this is for you
drfabulous (4196) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 growler thanks to Glouglouburp. Big black body with tan head. Nice subdued aroma. Chocolate taste upfront. Pine and hops there as well. But this is really subdued compared to other Black IPAs, such as the recent Stone one. This is really balanced and big and rich on the chocolate. Very nice.
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Verre, d’un fût au Farmhouse Tap and Grill. Arômes très invitants de houblon fruité (agrumes, citron, fruits tropicaux). On détecte une légère présence de grains torréfiés. Robe noire, peu de mousse et effervescence moyenne. En bouche, le malt torréfié et céréalier se montre relativement svelte, cédant la place à un beau houblon fruité (surtout des agrumes). Finale relativement sèche présentant une amertume houblonnée d’intensité moyenne. Une très bonne bière, mais tout de même moins exceptionnelle que la plupart des bières de Hill Farmstead.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown almost black with a small head of off white foam that quickly fades to a thin film with sudsy lacing left behind. Dark chocolate roast, bold piney hops, and smooth dark malt in the aroma. Flavor is of darkly roasted grain, bitter chocolate, and piney hops that add ample bitterness, but smoothed out nicely by the choco caramel malt. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation that leads to a roasty, bitter finish. Excellent black ipa.