Johnsense (881) - - MAY 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour from a hill farmstead growler. Good head and lacing. Big roasty/hoppy aroma - Black coffee balanced out with grapefruit and pine. The flavor is every bit as big - Roasted malt and black coffee balanced with Pine, Grapefruit, some dark toffee. Medium body. A big beer - fair to call it a double Black IPA and a good one.
Sammy (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Their self-capping bottle, re: half a growler. Very floral.A big roast, and also big citrus hops. The two are too much. Less hop kick may have been better and improved drinkability. Looks great at black body.Fuller mouthfeel.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: A decadent black malt orgy balanced by a truckload of citrusy/piney hops. Fantastic monster beer that is way too easy to drink
How: Fresh growler consumed the day of purchase
The look: Near black body topped by a medium tan head with good retention
In long: Nose is bursting with citrusy hops with some piney notes. You can smell the rich maltiness despite the intensity of the aromatic hops. This beer smells decadent and it is. Body cannot be full with a luscious tick creamy blackened malts, like a not-too-sweet black cake. Medium roast sensation, fudge chocolate, light coffee beans sensation. Very nourishing body and absolutely decadent mouthfeel. That fantastic malt backbone is complemented by the assertive hops bitterness that has a citrusy and pine needles signature. Not very resinous, the hopping is all about making this monster beer more refreshing. This Imperial Black IPA is extremely as decadent as it is easy to drink. This is the blueprint of what an extreme Imperial Black IPA should be, the execution is flawless. Maybe the best hoppy malt orgy I’ve ever had. When I drink a beer like this I feel like hugging Shaun Hill for so long that the state of Kansas would have no choice but to consider us legally married.
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750mL Bottle. Thanks for sharing Emeline. So, I’ve already writ large on this topic under Society & Solitude. These two hoppy beers have quieted me. I don’t know what to say about them. There’s no reason to talk about malt, no reason to talk about hops. One might begin to discuss the balance of water chemistry and minerals attained to showcase hops and roast malt in the way this beer does, but it kind of ruins the experience. The marriage of beer here demands and earns quietude. A quiet contemplation of how wonderful and brilliant and sunny beer can be. I see another pilgrimage in my future.
Lukaduke (2399) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick black color with a one finger mocha head... the aromas are subtle fresh hops, chocolate and a little burnt malt as well. The flavors however are not so subtle ! Rich citrus hop flavors balanced with dark chocolate maltiness create a base for alot of complex subtleties to roll along from beginning to end. Grapefruit, pine, bitter chocolate, black coffee.....
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml growler picked up at the brewery yesterday. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big, dry, leafy, resiny and piney citruses with a moderate roast backing. Dark chocolate malts behind the big hops with a touch of coffee coming through. Flavor is just as awesome. Tons of leafy, resiny, slightly juicy citrus pines up front as a soft chocolate malt backing comes in alongside a really nice, moderate roastiness that gives of a light coffee and tobacco note that increases towards the end. Citruses grow as well with a touch of tropical fruit before this finishes dry, leafy, piney, resiny, and roasty with a silky smooth maltiness. Lengthy aftertaste following a soft and smooth, medium body and a gentle, moderate carbonation. Overall, an excellent Black IPA. Tons of fresh, leafy, resiny citrus pines and a really nice roast backing that gives off just a touch of coffee and tobacco all balanced with a silky smooth dark chocolate malt backing. The carbonation and palate on all these Hill Farmstead beers continues to stand out and impress me. Great stuff right here.
nickd717 (3587) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler. Darkest brown color with a small light tan head. Great rich roasty aroma with dark chocolate, and piney hops. Complex, balanced, and insanely tasty flavor. Roasty and malty with bittersweet chocolate yet hoppy, piney, and resinous. Medium-bodied, dry and slightly palate-wrecking. Damn, this is about as good as black IPAs get. Phenomenal.
joeneugs (3555) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml growler from fbm115. Thanks! It pours very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is very fresh with lots of pine and citrus with hints of black licorice and sweet tropical fruit. The flavor is a bit fruity and sweet up front with mango and peaches followed quickly by a very spicy, piney hop bite. the finish is incredibly strong with more pine and a slight roasted malt character that is balanced perfectly with the hops. The piney/spicy/dank and roasted finish give the impression of campfire without the smoke. The mouthfeel is incredible. I can’t imagine this style getting any better.
arminjewell (6752) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of growler, thanks to Aaron for the pour! Dark brownish red pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of citrusy orange, lemon, going into grassy pine and slight mint, touch of roast and coffee notes. Taste is roasty and coffee, nice chocolate going into orange and lemon, some dank resinous and big pine notes, finishing fairly sweet with a clean but very hoppy finish. This is intense, and probably the most unique black IPA I’ve ever had.
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer! Aroma is a bit malty with hints of hops and roasted malt. Smooth texture. Malty nose with a slightly bitter finish. Roasted malt on the aftertaste. Only critique is that the maltiness is a bit pronounced on the nose. Overall superb.