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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2684) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Pours very murky dark brown swampy in color with a creamy bright cocoa head. The aroma brings sweet winey barrel a little more prevalent than citrusy hop flavors that are present, but a beautiful blend overall. The flavor brings bitter orange notes from the hops that seem nicely enhanced by the wine barrel flavors that help give a dry ending.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5072) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Black and cool to pour with a head that separates. I will sy it. The best thing about this black ipa is that it does not tadye like one. But there is some roastiness. It is a very nice ipa. I like this a lot.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5071) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Split from a bottle. I was fortunate enough to have Society and Solitude #2, so it was nice to get a taste of this one in the bottle. This one poured a near pitch-black color with a small tan head. Aroma was dark chocolate malts, roasted notes, plenty of nice pine character too to balance it out quite well. Like S&S#2, this one was quite well balanced, with about as great a mouthfeel as I can imagine. I go back and forth on this particular style, going one direction one day and one the other - if only they could all be this good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggirlpanties (189) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 22, 2012
500mL thanks to GT2. Pours dark chocolate with fluffy, tan foam. Aroma is bitter dark chocolate, hops, roast, like a porter and IPA had a baby. Taste is very roasty, bitter, black coffee. Not too hoppy but loads of dark chocolate and coffee bitterness. Not a palate wrecker though, quite drinkable and balanced. Very bold, dense, rich mouthfeel. But not aggressive or cloying.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
500ml bottle, pretty fresh. The pour yields a deep mahogany body with a hint of chestnut at the edges. A short but steadfast head of creamy, light brown foam gently settles to a thin center film with a pronounced edge. Droopy splotches of lacing mark the glass. The nose is based in dark roasty malt, showing burnt sugars and earthy, scorched molasses. Deep, dark, black forest cherries lend a lush sweet-tart fruitiness. Oak imparts a touch of ever-so-slightly toasty vanilla and slightly peppery, dry tannins. Hops are potent, primarily green and grassy, with a touch of pine. Flavors are again quite roasty in the malt base, showing rich, biting earthiness along with scorched molasses edges and hints of grilled fig. Black cherries again add hint of acidic sharpness and dark fruity sweetness. The barrel imparts more juicy, peppery wine character – dry, sharp, and earthy. Hops show strongest on the finish, mainly grassy in nature. The palate is substantial, yet it bravely defies the conventional notion that a 10% monster has to be cloying. On the contrary, it is adequately dry and well attenuated, even slightly chalky in its somewhat yeasty finish. Carbonation is just shy of moderate, but it manages to lend a sufficient drying effect. On the whole, this is damn near tops in the genre. Complex as all hell, and quite vinous, I’m hard pressed to find a more interesting and well-executed Black IPA. Another winner from Hill Farmstead.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
500mL thanks to JulienHuxley. Deeper brown to black pour. Perfect 360 mocha foam in sheets. Nose is black pepper, spicy hops, au poivre steak, sharper lemon and key lime/grapefruit. Small vanilla. Taste is dense, aerated, fluffy with red wine barrel, alcoholic heat, black pepper. Palate is dense, bitter, sharp citrus, mild sugar, creamed coffee. Hazelnut and coffee abound with no harsh roast and no soil/earth. Very nice. Much better than Jim. Probably my favorite for style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13413) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Bottle courtesy of JulienHuxley, thanks! Pretty much black (not a surprise, I guess)., nice brown head with massive lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate covered pine needles. Taste is spiced, roasted and peppery cocoa, almost like a mole sauce. Really tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Pour from the bottle thanks to Tim for sharing the wealth. Dark brown black with a slightly tan head. Mild aromatics of pine and grass. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, a trace of wine and a subtle new oak barrel character. Very nice mouthfeel and body. The oak is subtle and not overpowering which is perfect for this beer. The alcohol is not apparent. Great complex beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Again, giant thanks to my man oteyj for saving a bottle of this for me!! Pre-Farmhouse Festival 2012 tasting, 500 ml. Pours a not-quite-black with a bubbly light beige head. Nose holds big resiny pine and loamy earthen hop character with touches of oaky vanilla sweetness. Slight scallion bite and caramel/brownie sweetness residing in the background of the aroma; great so far. The flavor is absolutely stunning, with the oak and vinous dark fruit sweetness immediately up front, then quickly giving way to rich, dark hop profile of spruce, sap, with dry red wine character melding with the bitterness beautifully. Complex, a touch of boozy heat which I honestly really like in congruence with the other aggressive characters of this beer, and the usual lovely HF carbonation. A work of art, particularly in a style that seems to get more and more difficult to make distinctive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2012
500 ml. Bottle pour. Pitch black with a nice tan head. Slight tart/oak flavor. More of a chocolate dark malt commanding iPa. Very smooth for 10 percent.


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