durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by the one and only TURDFERGUSON. Gotdam, these beers are in someways so well done it seems pointless to talk about them. Like "yup, they got this right" is enough said. Pours dark brown, think foamy head. Nose is hoppy but not skunky or overdone like many of the style. Citrus notes and cocoa malts. Taste is similarly balanced between sweet and bitter; malt and hops. Light palate. Refreshing and not confrontational at all for this sometimes too-big style.
Franckg (390) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Arômes de houblons frais, chocolat et de noisettes. En bouche, tout est bien balancé. Bon goût de houblon avec des pointes de malts rôtis. Superbe finale de chocolat, noix et bois. Très rafraichissante. Une des meilleures black ipa que j’ai bues.
Theis (14290) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at MikkellerBar. Pitck black - offwhite head. Super fresh hoppy. Burned malts. Some sweetness. Resin. High bitterness. Citrus. Dry bitterness. Lovely.
hackobock (2102) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
October 10, 2014. On tap at M&F.Pours black with brown head. Aroma is roasted coffee and light chocolate notes, sweet licorice, grass, grapefruit and herbs. Taste is light to medium sweet malty and light fruity sweetness, medium grassy and roasted bitterness. Finish is dry grassy bitter with a sweet licorice note coming through in the end. Medium bodied, average carbonation.
manuelMTL (224) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 0.75 l growler in tulip. Pours a black with an insanely frothy brownish head. Nose is a great mix of grassy hops and roasted malts that add a nice coffee touch. In the mouth, I get strong coffee notes that dominate mainly the finish. First, it is very hoppy with floral and earthy notes and some breadiness. That’s where you find the typical Hill Farmstead IPA touch. I can’t really pinpoint it. But it reminds me a lot of barnyard. Medium carbonation. One of the best Black IPA I ever had!
Slipstream (2193) - USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Threepenny. The excellent rich aroma is floral with some toasted grain. Flavor has plenty of espresso & burnt grains, and a dash of molasses. This is a very good example of an unfavorite style.
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler filled at the brewery. Pours a deep brown, jsut about black, with a moderate mocha head that lasted until nearly mid-glass and left partial lace. Very pleasant aroma of pine, malt and light roast. There is some mild citrus in the nose as well. The flavor begins with a solid malt backbone and some light roast followed by pine and mild grapefruit pith. Dry piney finish. Medium bodied. Very solid and enjoyable.
tectactoe (3084) - Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler: Dark, dark brown, nearly black with a nice, creamy tan head on top, frothy like a latte foam; thin bubbled, long lasting, moderate lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of crispy cocoa malts, toasted nuts, mild roast, grapefruit peel, dense pine, & mild orange rind. Solid bits of grass & earthiness throughout. Taste hits with bitter grapefruit & citrus up front, complete with a nice mouthful of ashy, leafy hoppage. Backbone of rosed malts, faint char, & some overly toasted nuttiness. A touch of bitter orange peel comes back in the finish, alongside a resonating woodsy finish with reminders of milky cocoa. Gets less bitter with time. Medium mouth feel. A really good black IPA.
bytemesis (4264) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler- thanks Jason! Pours dark black, large creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, great lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, roast, pretty standard for style. Flavor is a nice blend of roasty and bitter, quite light sweet, light plus bitter, lots of roasty coffee notes plus pine and some citrus. Medium body. Solid, as would be expected.
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Hill Farmstead. Pours jet black with not much head. Aroma is faint chocolate, charred wood, fresh hop. Taste is powerfully complex...the hops are prevalent and balanced so well with the roasty, malty flavors. I loved every second of this one.
Ed5388 (2491) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml growler from the brewery thanks to Dan P. Shared with Kenny. Pours black with a finger of rocky tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, semi sweet chocolate, grapefruit, and some herbal hops. Taste of roasted coffee, burnt malts, grapefruit zest, and some earthyness, with a caramel/toffee finish.