Huhzubendah (2994) - 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 (1023) - 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 (9325) - 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.
Dedollewaitor (14641) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl Bottle. Trade with Xerenthar. Thanks. Pours black with a creamy thick beige head and lacings. Nose is roast, coffee, dark fruit, piney hops and wood. Intense and complex. Flavor is wood - mild red wine like, hops, funk and coffee roast. Smooth, slick and soft. Hoppy finish. The guy is a genius!
nimbleprop (5886) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oily opaque black with some tan head. Nose of coffee, hop pellets, very dank, chocolate, earthy, wet soil. Flavor is even better, sweet, chocolate, pine, grapes, earthy, coffee grounds, dried lemon peel. Full bodied, earthy finish. A little hot. Really earthy. For those who don’t think black IPAs work, you have to try this. Plenty of coffee/porter flavor and plenty of citrus/IPA flavors. Excellent.
beernbourbon (1387) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to mtgoat in recent trade, thanks! Pour is near black with a medium light brown head. aroma is earthy with hints of roasted malt, pine hop, notes of old basement, and a touch of grape. Flavor is complex. Ash and roasted malt up front with a green pine hop notes following. Finish is long and earthy with notes of grape, tobacco, and faint spice. A complex offering. Lots going on here and a style i usually dont care for, but a winner in my book.
pushkinwow (2243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Tom10101. Dark brown with a slight red hue and a dark biege head that fades to nothing unless you want to swirl it around. Lots of resin with light citrus hops, oak and some smoke, tannins, roasted malts. Moderate to low carbonation, moderate to full body, somewhat sweet with an intense bitterness underneath, becomes dry and some alcohol with tannins.
daknole (10279) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well fuck yeah this one is amazing. Almost black with a fluffy light brown head. The nose is a red wine, toasty, chocolate lovers dream. Grassy hops, milk chocolate. And a crazy hint of kids watercolor paint. Flavor is toasty and hoppy. Chocolate, light vinous notes. Resiny finish. Bold yet delicate. Wow.
joeneugs (4202) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. It pours a dark brown color with a really nice, thick lasting tan head. The aroma is potently citrusy, fruity and floral with mild vinous notes, cocoa, spice and barely any wood. The flavor has much more of the wine barrel influence. Up front it’s very strong with a combination of grapefruit, licorice, red wine, spice and pine. Little oak near the finish. The alcohol feels strong here, but the body is not overly thick. The finish is bitter and vinous. Really well balanced and well done as usual.
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Pours pitch black with a mid-sized, creamy, well-tanned head that never fully dissipates. The restrained aroma presents subtle notes of dark chocolate and bong water. Medium-bodied with a raspy mouthfeel and stinging carbonation. The flavor is mostly sweet, furnishing tawny port and dark chocolate. Finishes crisp, sweet and a touch nutty.