AdamChandler (3920) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked this up at Hill Farmstead on Saturday. I put these in the fridge to retain the great IPA properties as long as possible. Today, enjoyed with a friend in a Hill Farmstead Glass on a beautiful afternoon in New Hampshire. Thanks Shaun for your time and care!
A - Appearance is as expected. Pours a very dark brown to black out of the bottle. The beer in the glass is completely black with a 2-finger coffee coloured head of creamy and big bubbles. It fades slowly with nice sticky lacing.
S - The scent is raisins and tangerines with some vanilla and roasted malts. Citrus is the only hop scent I’m getting.
T - Pinning down all of the tastes in this beer is proving to be very challenging. First, I get raisins and a fine mix of lemons and oranges. In the middle, the acidity from the wine barrels comes through with a nice level of tannins and grape skin must. The finish is a hint of pepper with a finish that’s a nice balanced bitter hoppy finish of pine and oranges.
M - Big level of carbonation on the mouth swish. Medium body and oh boy. If you fill your mouth with this beer and drink slowly, it coats your tongue and makes your tongue tingle. Very few beers do this.
O - Society & Solitude #2 is my favorite beer from Hill Farmstead. I was skeptical when Shaun said he’d be putting the beer in wine barrels. However, Jimmy is a beer that is complex and contains a lot of depth. It’s also a beer that is perfectly suited for 500ml bottles because, you want more than a glass, but it should be shared with a friends. Two pours per glass. Great for sharing and nice on a hot summer day.
_angst_ (3840) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2012 500 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you Dany! Pours extremely dark brown, almost black, with a creamy and slightly bubbly mocha head that slowly dissipates while clinging to the glass and leaving some thick lacing. Smell is sweet, malty, slightly fruity and slightly herbal with roasted malts, caramel, pineapple, peaches, dark chocolate, lemon balm, brown sugar sweetened coffee, grapefruit juice, orange peal, alcohol, passion fruit, pine, sweet dark grapes, elderberries and resinous wood. Taste is slightly sweet, bitter, tiny sour, floral, fruity and tiny herbal with roasted malts, grapefruit juice, green and dark grapes, caramel, resinous wood, juicy plums, passion fruit pineapple, moist freshly cut grass, high quality dark roast coffee, orange peal, bitter chocolate, lemon balm, dill, toffee, black pepper and hints of salty liquorice and tar. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, extremely balanced, very tiny boozy and near full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter and tiny sour with resinous wood, dark grapes, pine, dark roast coffee beans, grapefruit peal, freshly cut grass, lemon zest and hints of caramel. Extremely balanced and extremely nice! This is one of the best beers I’ve ever tried.
Steve_0 (3587) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home with friends. Pitch black in appearance with a small khaki head and great lacing. Smell is very hop forward with aromas of grapefruit, wine notes, tannin, light char, and grass. Smoke, tobacco, light grapefruit, graham crackers, and dark fruit with a lightly bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well and really easy to drink.
reggiedunlop (3537) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thin lt mocha head. Aroma is lightly tart and winey with dark fruits and roast. Flavor is winey and tart with underlying roast and some coffee...light piney hops and nice oaky notes...faint booziness. Mouthfeel is medium with a winey/piney dry finish.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle released over the previous weekend. couldn’t resist the opportunity to drink this as fresh as one possibly could outside of being there in person. thanks to you know who for sharing... pours as it should yielding a dark licorice hued consistency, fairly homogenous throughout, with the edges showing a bit more of a dark reddish transparency. a thin to medium khaki rests on top which gradually recedes to a thin wispy film... aroma of semi-sticky roasty chocolate notes upfront that mingle rather effortlessly with a semi-pungent green piney citrus hop notes. the oak smoothens things out adding a bit of wet wood and vanilla sweetness. i personally enjoyed the more vibrant hoppiness of the ss#2 but this explores that base beer in a different perspective... smooth, softer and lush, the oak really adds a less assertive nature to its former self, more gentile overall. while the hops and roasty chocolate notes continue to intermingle, the aging in oak seems to encourage the synergy between the three dimensions. sweetness comes into play midway through but a soft bitterness surfaces late offering a welcoming respite. overall it comes together resoundingly well. the mouthfeel is smooth as can be, a bit fluffy even on the palate. quite enjoyable to drink even at its strength which i might add creepingly sneaks up on you... all in all, another fantastic HF offering. i absolutely cannot wait to visit in person to witness shaun, the site, the surroundings, even the terroir if you will, which is Hill Farmstead.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Huhzubendah (3098) - 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
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours dark brown to black with a creamy, nougat coloured to pale brown head. The aroma holds balanced hoppy notes of tart citrus, mild pine, black currant, tea, juniper, tropical fruit flavoured hard candy and new cut grass. Well-integrated malt of fancy chocolate, soft roasted grain, asphalt and some dark caramel. Subtle wood tones of vine and a tiny touch of vanilla. Hints of blueberry jam, liquorice and wet apple tobacco. Round, compact and deep nose. The flavour is light sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic with perfect balanced and soft malt character alongside fruity, grassy earthy, mild resinous and a dash of floral hops. Wood and a vine lurking in the background. The mouthfeel is super soft, smooth and velvety with a light carbonation. Vine, well-adjusted, hops, violet candy and smooth malt on the finish. Medium to full bodied.
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Reynolds314 (2989) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I feel like Im being a homer with all of these ratings for Hill Farmstead but they are completely deserving. Pours a creamy black with frothy beige head that receeds very slowly leaving lacing behind. Aroma is rich chocolate, evergreen, floral, and mellow ash. Taste is so creamy and perfect. Lightly sweet with a nice mellow bitterness and a clean finish. The french oak barrels add a great spicyness and depth of flavor. This is the best black IPA I have ever had.