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 Ė 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, Iím hard pressed to find a more interesting and well-executed Black IPA. Another winner from Hill Farmstead.
ineedbeer (837) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes taken firm last weekís tasting.
Aroma is surprisingly hoppy, but rather piney, woodsy and grassy. Medium light grapefruit and citrus. Moderate roast notes.
Pours dark brown with a thick brown head with good retention. Moderate retention and lacing.
Flavor has moderate roast and light chocolate. Moderately strong bitterness with light oak. Moderate grassy hop notes with some woodsy character. Light grapefruit and berry notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, this beer held up better than I expected. Hops are changing but still rather present. Not as much barrel character as I was expecting.
PhillyCraft (3390) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, generously shared by Al, pours black with medium and lasting beige head. Really sick appearance to this black IPA. Aromas is plums, roast, copper, figs, and dates. flavor is grape juice, malt, bitter hops, licorice, roasted grains, chocolate. Medium bodied with a long lasting finish. Stoked I was able to try this. Got even better as it warmed.
DrSilverworm (6803) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle, big thanks to phaleslu for sharing! Dark brown / black color. Thin brown head. Good, thicker lace. Smooth, dry, kind of soft carbonation. Medium to bigger body. Lighter, softer texture. Kind of tart taste... Moderate bitter, good roast malt, light dark chocolate. Very toasty. Kind of tart, sweet taste. OK barrel aged black IPA, a lot of tart, tannic character here that is unwelcome for me. WTF? Iím not really interested in a sour black IPA. Right now... itís a decent sour black saison, at best. OK beer as it is, but I expected much more from this
phaleslu (6665) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle via BA trade. Pours a deep brown with mahogany highlights and a small fizzy brown head. The beer is lighter than Jim but the head is darker. Strange but cool. Aroma of dark fruits and oak, definitely picking up the wine barrel character, along with dark chocolate, florals, citrus fruit, and herbs. Flavor of chocolate, roast, earth, citrus peel, and a deep, underlying vinous character throughout it all. Medium-bodied, with a vinous, mildly bitter, roasty mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Really interesting black IPA. Stil drinking very well.
jtclockwork (8771) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of red wine barrel, french oak, roast chocolate, roast vanilla coffee, unsweetened raisins, tangerine peel, piny hops, toasted nuts and light grapefruit. So delicate and beautiful. Medium body. Really takes the style to a whole new level.
PriorL (1988) - 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.
JorisPPattyn (8011) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good tan/brown head over virtually black beer; shards of lace. Chocolate, sweet liquorice, garden herbs and leaves. Stout-like taste, littel impact of the hops; again liquorice & chocolate. Finish yields the barrel-aging, even Bourbon (rather than wine), and a light, refreshing acidity. Rich MF, alleviated by fine CO≤ pearling. Rich for its purpose, barrel aging has done a world of good. Thanks to the kind donator!
jbeatty (1064) - 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.
Ed5388 (2197) - 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.
j12601 (6707) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Dany that I shared with Andy, Max, and Pearl prior to our trip to the Hill Anniversary. Pours a deep black with a thin beige head. A touch of wood and smoke, hints of roast and cocoa, light dusty old hops. Caramel, roast and cocoa. Perhaps a bit more age on this than it should have, but I felt I needed to save it for friends, so thatís my fault. Though, maybe itís one of those things that just changes in strange and unexpected ways. Who can say. The wine barrel does start to come through about midway, getting a touch vinous and woody. Warming alcohol and big heavy roast comes through toward the end. Iíd be interested in trying a very fresh bottle of this (though with the barrel aging on a black ipa Iím not sure hop the hops would translate anyway).