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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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900 Bottles. Imperial Black IPA (Society and Solitude #2) aged in French oak wine barrels for four months.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (892) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 16, 2014
From notes taken firm last weeks tasting. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy, but rather piney, woodsy and grassy. Medium light grapefruit and citrus. Moderate roast notes. Pours dark brown with a thick brown head with good retention. Moderate retention and lacing. Flavor has moderate roast and light chocolate. Moderately strong bitterness with light oak. Moderate grassy hop notes with some woodsy character. Light grapefruit and berry notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, this beer held up better than I expected. Hops are changing but still rather present. Not as much barrel character as I was expecting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3447) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle, generously shared by Al, pours black with medium and lasting beige head. Really sick appearance to this black IPA. Aromas is plums, roast, copper, figs, and dates. flavor is grape juice, malt, bitter hops, licorice, roasted grains, chocolate. Medium bodied with a long lasting finish. Stoked I was able to try this. Got even better as it warmed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6979) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
500ml bottle, big thanks to phaleslu for sharing! Dark brown / black color. Thin brown head. Good, thicker lace. Smooth, dry, kind of soft carbonation. Medium to bigger body. Lighter, softer texture. Kind of tart taste... Moderate bitter, good roast malt, light dark chocolate. Very toasty. Kind of tart, sweet taste. OK barrel aged black IPA, a lot of tart, tannic character here that is unwelcome for me. WTF? Im not really interested in a sour black IPA. Right now... its a decent sour black saison, at best. OK beer as it is, but I expected much more from this

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2013
500 ml bottle via BA trade. Pours a deep brown with mahogany highlights and a small fizzy brown head. The beer is lighter than Jim but the head is darker. Strange but cool. Aroma of dark fruits and oak, definitely picking up the wine barrel character, along with dark chocolate, florals, citrus fruit, and herbs. Flavor of chocolate, roast, earth, citrus peel, and a deep, underlying vinous character throughout it all. Medium-bodied, with a vinous, mildly bitter, roasty mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Really interesting black IPA. Stil drinking very well.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jtclockwork (8961) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle thanks to Leighton. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of red wine barrel, french oak, roast chocolate, roast vanilla coffee, unsweetened raisins, tangerine peel, piny hops, toasted nuts and light grapefruit. So delicate and beautiful. Medium body. Really takes the style to a whole new level.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1989) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle at EBT2 2013. Shared with Mathieu87 and Joris. APPEARANCE: black beer, nice stable beige head. NOSE: vanilla, coffee, some bitterness, little white wine notes, quite boozy. TASTE: vanilla, some hops, wood, some wine. Very good balanced, best Black IPA I ever tasted.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (8035) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2013
Good tan/brown head over virtually black beer; shards of lace. Chocolate, sweet liquorice, garden herbs and leaves. Stout-like taste, littel impact of the hops; again liquorice & chocolate. Finish yields the barrel-aging, even Bourbon (rather than wine), and a light, refreshing acidity. Rich MF, alleviated by fine CO pearling. Rich for its purpose, barrel aging has done a world of good. Thanks to the kind donator!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1098) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle, reviewed 06/10/2013, thanks to Mac! Pours dark brown, near black, thin white creamy head, dies to a nice foamy surface slick, sticky spotty lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, piney haze, vinous roasty finish, almost juicy, sangria-like. Taste is soft, roasted malts and coffee, piney hops, slight sweetness with a bit of wood. Body is soft, creamy palate, typical Hill Farmstead. Really nice, the wine notes add a different dimension to this style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (2236) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours deep dark brown/ black color with a finger of frothy tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, burnt caramel, red grapes, and slightly boozy. Taste of roasted malt, slight coffee, some red wine/grape notes, dark fruits, and some piney bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6863) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Dany that I shared with Andy, Max, and Pearl prior to our trip to the Hill Anniversary. Pours a deep black with a thin beige head. A touch of wood and smoke, hints of roast and cocoa, light dusty old hops. Caramel, roast and cocoa. Perhaps a bit more age on this than it should have, but I felt I needed to save it for friends, so thats my fault. Though, maybe its one of those things that just changes in strange and unexpected ways. Who can say. The wine barrel does start to come through about midway, getting a touch vinous and woody. Warming alcohol and big heavy roast comes through toward the end. Id be interested in trying a very fresh bottle of this (though with the barrel aging on a black ipa Im not sure hop the hops would translate anyway).


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