Leighton (8685) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2013 Growler shared at a ChrisO tasting, London. Pours black-brown with a creamy, rich beige head. Big sticky pine nose, good roasted malts, dirt, cocoa. Medium sweet flavor, super smooth, great pine character, cocoa, smooth roast, light mud. The hops are just stupidly fresh and smooth. Medium bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Lightly sticky, resinous finish with nice roast, more cocoa, mellow chocolate, pine. Just crazy drinkable. No abrasiveness to the bitterness. Delicious.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: Second best Black IPA out there after Stone SSR. That simple.
How: Tap on location directly at the brewery
The look: Clear back-ish body (like Coca Cola) topped by a long-lasting small tan head
In long: The nose is uber-hoppy, this really is hop bomb, plenty of citrus and tropical fruits and pine-tree over roasted coffee beans. Taste has a nice malt backbone of roasted coffee beans, chocolate cake and dark fruits. Just enough to add to the complexity of the beer without stealing the spotlight from the hops. Hops are shinning, vibrant and fresh. Highly aromatic and not all that bitter, this is a very tasty beer that never feels aggressive. Citrus fruits, tropical fruits and fresh pine-tree. Some chocolate and coffee beans in the after-taste. This is without a doubt among the best Black IPAs out there. In my opinion it is second only to my beloved Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale. That Hill Farmstead brewer can really work miracles turning water, cereals and bacteria into wonderful beers. Ok, Jesus turned water into wine but we all know it was just a 6-3-6-3-13=3.1 wine.
Loineshawn (3007) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at lord hobo. Wow. First wiff is big juicy grapefruit, tangerines, touch of fresh flowers and some dark chocolate and biting roast. Complex beautiful balance between fresh clean juicy citrus grapefruit and roasty tar. Easily the best balck ipa I’ve had. Quite bitter. Dry. Awesome beer. Exceeded expectations.
Theydon_Bois (5311) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler at Chriso - 25/09/12 thanks to Leighton for this one.
Very dark mahogony brown pour with a thinnish tan head than soon departs to the edge of the glass.
On the nose - pine, pine, pine on the nose. Lovely ! Add some hops and bitter grapefruit. A little light smoke also.
Taste follows nose, great piney hoppy black IPA with bitter grapefruit and other tropical fruit tones.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
A Rolls Royce of black IPA’s !
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!
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler, thanks Dany!!! Pours clear black and holy fuckshitballs is this a sharp looking brew! Head is going to dissipate in the next epoch apparently. Nose is grapefruit, light mocha, jerky, smoke, tropical fruit. Flavours of big smoketropical fruit, pine. Gorgeous stuff!
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Farmhouse in Burlington. First note: this is by no means a porter, and should be re-categorized. Pours very dark, nearly black, with a beautiful, tight light beige head. Aroma is full of hop character, with pine resin, blood orange zest, a touch of grapefruit, and some floral notes. Slight chocolate and caramel malt adds a bit of balance on the nose. Flavor is excellent; very hop driven, more evergreen and citrus hops leading the way. Palate has great bitterness, but still smooth and drinkable. Another great beer from Shaun Hill’s new brewery.
hopdog (8229) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus and floral hops. Toasty. Tastes of citrus, floral, lighter roastiness, and nice and hoppy.
oakbluff (403) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler courtesy of Glouglouburp- huge thanks again to Dany my HF mule. Appearance- murky brown cola, nominal head, some light lacing. Nose- pungent dank hops intertwined with nuts and slight roast. Taste- very hop forward- solid bittering hops, citrus, then a back end wave of medium roast, caramel and dark chocolate. Lingering grapefuit pith leads a nicely drying finish. Carbonation is spot on and hasn’t suffered from travelling all the way to Winterpeg. Very balanced hop forward beer if that makes any sense. Excellent stuff and another winner from the good people at Hill Farmstead.
oteyj (2124) - 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.