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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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The second in our series of experimental Imperial IPAs – Release #2 is essentially an Imperial version of James, our Black IPA. Brewed with buckets full (literally) of Simcoe and Columbus hops, in the kettle and, as dry hops, in the fermenter. This Imperial Black IPA is a mere 9.5% abv and heavily, heavily hopped…


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AirForceHops (3298) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2013
750 ml growler from HFS. Black color thin head. Nose is great mix of Simcoe, Chinook and even a mild bright citrus note. Flavor is a blend of cedar wood, pine cones, charred malt with light tones of chocolate. Carbonation gives a pleasant tingle on the tongue. This drinks like a 6% brew, never would have guessed it was 9.5!! I personally am not a huge fan of pine hops but... This is a truly tasty with a deep complexity of hop varieties. Wonderful Black IPA!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (4036) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Sampled at the brewery. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of dark malts, a lot of floral and citrusy hops, and some light roasted notes. Flavor the same. Smooth texture. A great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Imperial James you say? Yes, please. 750 mL growler muled by starrdog and raveskdr. Pours a dark mocha brown, near black with a thick, dense dark tan head. Long lasting retention and thick sheets of lace. Deep, complex aroma of roast malt, caramel, dark fruit and pine hops. Minimal traces of alcohol and great balance. Smooth, medium thick body with light carbonation and a sweet, sticky finish. Strong roast malt presence with some dark chocolate sweetness balanced by a strong pine and resin hop presence. Delicous. So, I normally don’t like Black IPAs, but... I liked this. Thanks to me for opening this.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2618) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2012
On draft at Hill Farmstead today. The beer is near black with a thick, brown head. The aroma offers the best balance of pine and roast I have yet encountered in a beer of this ilk. The flavor is fabulous. A beautiful marriage of pine and roast. Additional notes of chocolate and citrus. Lovely malt body. Medium bodied and easy to drink too quickly. Alcohol content gracefully hidden. Typically not my favorite style, but this one delivered. Another terrific beer from Shaun and Hill Farmstead. Reviewed on 7-14-2012

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Draft at The Boilermaker in Philadelphia, PA. Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind. Sweet and roasted malt aroma with some piney, grassy notes.  Malts dominate he nose but hops shine as it warns with subtle citrus, dank buds, pine needle and grass. Roasted dark malt character with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, toffee and coffee bean. Medium bodied with an explosion of dank, piney hops that linger over the sweet and roasted malt notes into a dry finish.  Finally a black ipa that’s hoppy enough.  Dry, dank and bitter with subtle citrus sweetness cutting through.  Underneath, there is some roasted dark malt for balance with sweet and dark chocolate, oatmeal, caramel and toffee.  Really nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TaktikMTL (5854) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de céramique, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de pamplemousse et de pins. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pamplemousse et de céréales torréfiées. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #4289)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Keyes88 (60) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Had on tap at the Boilmaker while sitting next to Shaun himself! It was dark in the bar but I'm assuming this is near black in color. Pour with a tan head. aroma is of roasted malts mixed with grapefruit and grassy hop notes. Has a mixed flavor that blends a coffee, piney abd citrus flavor profile. Well balanced and an amazing presentation of the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9226) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Nearly a black pour with a nice sized, sticky beige head. Toasted malts, citrus hops, some earthy kerosine notes. Flavor is hoppy but well balanced, citrus, earthy and light grassy notes. I love the integration of roasted malt and hops in this brew. Special stuff. Man I love HFS.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (2938) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
On tap at Hill Farmstead. Almost black with a small persistent beige head and beautiful lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, chocolate and herbal notes. Taste is about the same and alcohol is present. Medium body. Quite complex. A very good black IPA!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3371) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2012
On tap at Teresa’s. Dark brown with bone froth. Nose is orange, caramel, grass, pine and pink grapefruit. Creamy medium body with a soft but vibrant tingle. Taste is bitter chocolate, orange peel and juniper. Finishing with dark roast coffee. Best black IPA i’ve tasted.


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