Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: An original, hoppy and very oaky big black beer.
How: Bottle 500ml. First and only batch so far. Twice. This rating for a bottle consumed 4 months after the beer release.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with good retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Interesting nose blending dark berries, soft liquorice candy, mild vinous oak presence, subtle piney hops. The base beer (Society and Solitude #2) is unrecognizable yet the aroma is really not overwhelmed by the barrels, it’s entirely a new beer. Taste is dark berries jam swimming in bittersweet chocolate, some black liquorice, earthy notes, burnt molasses, unexpected black pepper sensation, some piney hops resin, a whole lot of oak tannins, a bit of booze. The finish is very harsh (burning sensation) with the astringent oak tannins raking back of the mouth along with some hops resin and some booze. A smoother carbonation would have been more appropriate. Very good big beer, an original creation that defies style classification and offers lots of complexity, yet I found it a bit too harsh and not quite up to my expectations from this great brewery. This is my 5500th rating, what an achievement, but let’s be honest, we the top-100 raters on ratebeer are collectively one big argument against the theory of evolution.
jackl (4379) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ THE Stouts Tasting Pt II: 2 Stouts 2 Furious. Thanks to Leighton for this. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny head. The nose is fruit by the foot. Jammy red wine. Fresh strawberry. Earthy toasted coconut. Chocolate-dipped bruised fruits. A bit of charred malts. The taste is more of the same. Rich roast malt, coffee rind bitterness. Nice red wine accents. More berry, grapes. Nice woody hop finish. Peppery dryness. Really well balanced. The wine barrel really adds a great fruitiness to this beer. Overall, superlative stuff. Great.
Scopey (6315) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle consumed at THE stouts tasting part 2, big thanks to Mr L-to-the-eighton. It pours very dark brown with a medium beige head. The nose is varnish, pine, charcoal, caramel, sweet treacle, toast and faint cocoa. The taste is roasted malt, berry, red grape, plum, vinous, cocoa, powder, earth and wood with a very, very dry finish. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. A creative and interesting "black ipa" for sure, but far too dry for my liking.
madmitch76 (14486) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
19th March 2013
Stouts and Porters II. Big thanks to Leighton again for coming up with the Hill Farmstead goods! Opaque black beer, good pale tan head. Palate is light and a little dry. Mild fine carbonation. Very light touch of dark malt, no bitterness or roast. Nice light pine hops with well integrated red wine derived red berry fruits. A little oak softness before a dry finish. Bitterish red berry aftertaste. Very nice!
Leighton (10538) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 Bottle shared at Bruce’s, London during The Stouts Tasting, Pt. II - one of my contributions to this little soirée. Many thanks to Mom and Dad for picking this up. Pours deep brown with a tight, khaki cream head. Nose holds loads of juicy pine, grapes, ripe berries, oaky red wine, subtle roast. Medium to big sweet flavor, dried and burnt wood, dark sugars, raisins, dry cocoa, burnt grass, burnt pine. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Lightly resinous finish, plenty of burnt wood dryness, dried dark fruits, burnt pine, toasty bread. Lots of dry, vinous texture. Great stuff overall. Deep complexity, nice balance.
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from gnosis.. thank you. Consumed after the Everett. Pour is dark brown/black with a tan 2 finger frothy head. Smell is chocolate, cofee, dark fruit, some citrus. Taste is bold.. chocolate, wood, dark fruit, some hops, coffee. Medium body and resiny. I dont know if it was because I drank after but certainly reminded me of a hopped and aged Everett. Delicious.. best black IPA i’ve had (if that is what this is considered)
sarro (121) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Consumed twice. Fresh and aged about 6 months old. Pours dark brown with a frothy, mocha head.
Nose is chalk, roast, dark chocolate, and floral hops on the backend
Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.
Taste is chocolate malts and supporting perfumey hops.
Finishes slightly boozy. Reminds me a bit of Everett, but creamier and with added components of hops and vinous oak. Very creative and well done.
Huhzubendah (2421) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottles acquired from the release last weekend. Couldn’t wait any longer. Shared this with Brad while watching Le Tour de France.
Served in my new Hill Farmstead wine glass.
The beer has a beautiful appearance. Dark brown with a thick, lasting, oily beige head. Seemingly everlasting retention with a thick sheet of lacing on the glass.
The aroma offers roast, pine, malt, caramels, wine, oak. Fabulous.
The flavor is fabulous as well, imparting an elegant sour and tart character. Gracefully balanaced. Oak, pine, hops, caramel malt, wine, sweet and sour.
The feel on the palate is ridiculous. Alcohol...where?!? Silky smooth and wonderful.
Overall, this is without question the best black IPA I have ever had, although this is a bit of a diversion from that style. Regardless, a phenomenal brew. So glad I made it to this release.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-21-2012
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50 cl bottle sent to us Mikkeller Bartenders by a very generous Chicago bar owner. Black pour, small brown head. Aroma is ripe grapefruit and cantaloupe, roasted malts, chocolate, cake crust, a very hoppy over-all impression, a bit of piney hop notes, citrus. A component of berries and mild oak is present beneath, which sort of surrounds the whole aroma with a subtle red wine aroma. The taste reveals the red wine barrel more than the aroma. A tannic note of berries and oak, complimenting the malts very nicely. Hops have the high pitch, adding bitterness and citrus notes in the finish. Body is as full as the style allows, and the hops have a large enough play space to steal the show together with the barrel. Well deserving of the score.
mcberko (6029) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany!), pours black with a small tan head. Nose is very complex, still bringing out more of the black IPA base beer than the barrel notes, with the hops still present after the barrel aging and subsequent aging time. Moderately roasted malts underpin the hops. Very subtle red wine and oak qualities are present, but they are certainly secondary. Flavour is very complex, bringing out the best of both worlds: caramel and roasted malt upfront, followed by the hops, with complex but subtle barrel qualities that accentuate everything else going on, finishing on a vinous, hoppy note. The carbonation has somehow become more aggressive than the regular Society & Solitude #2 – I feel this could do with a tad softer mouthfeel. I do much prefer the regular Society & Solitude #2. Nevertheless, yet another expertly crafted Hill Farmstead brew, though not in their upper echelon I feel.