craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Ed5388 (2236) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a robust tan froth. Huge vinous notes in the nose with piney herbals and juicy fruit nectar, all sitting upon a massive base of chocolate roast. The flavor starts with a blast of creamy milk chocolate, turning to dark chocolate and cocoa nib, and eventually finishing with roasty barley notes. Assertive hop character in the flavor as well, with ample bitterness to complement the bitterness of the dark malts. Fruity depth and hints of evergreen sneak in as well. Warming but not boozy. Massively thick rich palate with creamy effervescence and a roasty sweet finish. Awesome.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle huge thanks to JulienHuxley.
Appearance : Pitch black with small foamy and creamy brown head. Very long head retention with awesome lacing.
Aroma : Crisp, resinous, citrusy and herbal hops with some roasted malt, coffee and slightly wine-y woody notes. Awesome complex nose, a bit unbalanced towards the hops but still well married with the malt. Very light hint of alcohol as it warms up. Light smokey notes as well.
Taste : Great citrusy and juicy hops, piny and resinous. Then the malt comes in, great roadted notes with coffee and light chocolate. Hops come back on the finish with great resinous and juicy piny notes along with some coffee and some wood. Slight red wine notes.
Palate : Awesome soft fluffy and pillowy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation that fits perfectly with the beer.
Overall : Wow this is good. Big citrusy and juicy hops all the way with a great malty backbone with the subtle added complexity of the wood. Awesome persistence on the finish by the malt and the hops. Very elegant, packed with flavour, drinkable, awesome palate, great appearance... hard to find something bad about this beer.
pushkinwow (2100) - 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.
Minderbinder (2027) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with low beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus, roasted malt, fruits, sweetness. Taste is of citrus, roasted malt, wine, sweetness, alcohol. Overall: very good, nice body.
PriorL (1989) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
mikem409 (1613) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle big big thanks to ernesto. pours black/red with perfect tan head that last and last. aroma of hops and oak. taste is absolutly amazing, hoppt, sweet oak and hint of wine best ipa i have had so complex
beernbourbon (1326) - 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.
jbeatty (1098) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.