Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #2
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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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The second in our series of experimental Imperial IPAs Ė 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 hoppedÖ

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamJackson (2343) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Picked this up two days ago in a 750ml growler. Poured into a Hill FarmStead tall glass. I had been storing the 750 in the fridge so itís pouring at about 40 degrees F. Nothing beats remarkably fresh HFS beers.

A - Poured a chocolate colored 2 finger head that subsided over the course of about 4 minutes with a nice creamy lacing around the edges of the glass. The brew itself is a solid black color but while pouring, you get the amber and brown color. In the glass, itís pitch black throughout.

S - Iím getting a very pleasant balance of citra hops, grapefruit, pine and some woodiness. Maybe some smoked malts but itís very muted and almost impossible to pick out.

T - Wow. This is absolutely delicious. A terrific balance of aromatic hops that light up the taste buds and solid malts that go down impossibly smooth. Holy moly. Iím getting some floral and a bit of spice in the aftertaste.

M - A solid 90% carbonation on a single mouth swish. Itís a solid medium bodied beer with a smoked malt and hop linger that sticks around for a very long time.

O - Terrific and solid. What an incredibly drinkable beer on a Sunday afternoon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2306) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
Pours a pitch black, tan head, very citrusy and grassy aroma, lots of life to this one, really great body and a very nice finish, a good bitterness and a solid brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
S&S2 pours a pitch black color. Nice frothy tan head is poured. Good retention. Lacing all throughout the glass. Looks really nice being poured in the glass. Looks thick. Aroma on this one is really nice and big. Being a Black IPA or whatever you want to call the style I was expecting more roastiness here but it was definitely a nicely hopped aroma more than anything. Grapefruit, citrus, pine, floral hoppiness. Slight roastiness here. Taste is just more of the same. Big piney hops, bitter grapefruit and citrus. Iím just really really impressed on how hoppy this Black IPA is. Itís just big and fresh. I picked up some more roastiness in this one with a slight bit of chocolate. Nice bitter grapefruit taste left on the palette. Mouthfeel is pretty damn nice on this beer. Full, creamy, heavy bodied. Awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (1946) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 29, 2012
Growler sample via oakbluff. Consumed with Savvy1982 and oakbluff. Near black in colour with medium carbonation. Huge hoppy nose, with elements of grasses, tropical fruit and dank basement, along with notes of roasted malt and dark roasted oily coffee bean. In the mouth the pale, cara, and rosted malts provide a nice backdrop to the dank hop explosion. Solid roast and hop bitterness on the finish. Remarkable stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
eshepski41 (18) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Pours a deep dark amber, basically black when not up to light with tan head. Smells very roasty with a lot of hops and tastes the same with some coffee notes and maybe some slight bitter chocolate. Finishes very nicely with a mix of hops and maltiness. Quite excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReggieDunlap (3005) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Growler from shan and isaac...Pours black with a creamy medium tan head...nice bottom up slow forming...good retention. Aroma is hoppy...nice citrus with light spice and pine...underlying coffee and charred wood. Flavor is super roasty and charred with some coffee and balanced with lots of bitter, spicy/piney hops. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a burnt, bitter finish...awesome beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Growler courtesy of yourefragile, and thanks to starrdogg for the assist. Sved in a mini snifter because all my Hill Farmstead glasses are packed. Moving sucks. Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head and plenty of spotty lacing on the way down. The dose has a good dose of roast along with a bit of pine. Very complex and integrated. Flavor has great roasted malt and a nice hop complexity. Some pine and resin and slightly dank. Medium body with a dry, bitter finish. Really great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (5918) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
750mL growler, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany!), pours a dark brown / black with a small beige head. Aroma is intensely hoppy with citrus and piney hops, roasted caramel malts, and notes of spruce. Flavour of citrus hops, loads of wood, spruce and pine needles, with lightly roasted malts and earthy notes. Medium-to-high bitterness on the finish with lots of the earthy / spruce notes being emphasized. Delicious beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Swing top Bottle, thanks Kan. Pours black with off white head. Aroma has big pine and citrus, some spruce too. Flavors are big and sprucey, caramel malt notes. Nice and hoppy really tasty and easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
750ml growler. Courtesy of a recent trade... Pours a deeper shade of porterish dark brown with less intense edges and topped with a creamy light beige head that eventually leaves a thin film... Aroma of clean fresh green piney citrusy, fairly robust with a fair roasted malt backbone. The hops absolutely take precedence and even grow as it warms... Flavors are once again are hop forward with a piney citrus focus with more of an emphasis in the former. Semi-sweet through the middle but then leaves an earthy tinged bitterness on the palate. Full bodied, almost thick and completely filling.

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