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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 – 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…


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13343) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2013
9th December 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to the lord of HF provisions - Leighton. Dark brown beer with a good tan head. Palate is soft and a little dry. Smooth dark malts, little cream. Touch of coffee. Light piney hops with a whisper of citrus. Spice. Smooth finish. Nice!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (9830) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
Growler from the brewery. Pours seep brown-black with a thick, lasting beige foam head. The aroma has ripe grapefruit and moderate roast, honts of chocolate. Medium sweet flavor with good, moderately aweet chocolate, some baking cocoa, a bit of charred wood, toast, earth. Medium to full bodie with fine, somewhat creamy carbonation. Resinous finiah with lots of charred malts, bitter baking cocoa, some milk chocolate, a bit of purple grape and grapefruit. Lovely beer. Punchy but balanced and rich.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lubiere (9423) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2012
A deep dark IPA with a super thick creamy lacing dark brown head. In aroma, a beautiful complex catnip and piney hops, orange pulp, meaty, complex. In mouth, a smooth licorice chocolate malt with loads and resinous hops, catnip, flowers, wonderful black IPA. On tap at the brewery, March 12, 2012.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8537) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Growler... Pours black with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Great retention. The nose furnishes a boatload of roastiness and dank hops. Full-bodied and creamy with modest carbonation. The flavor is burnt and bittersweet up front, followed by lingering bitterness in the finish. Very nice for a style I don’t adore. Growler courtesy of landhoney!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2012
Growler @ Dans house, courtesy of glouglouburp. Huge thanks! Pours a black appearance with a small tan head. Big roasty, somewhat burnt, a touch piney aroma with a touch of booze. Huge roasty, a bit charred malty, light chocolate, piney, organic hoppy flavor. Roasty aftertaste with a bit of booze.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8092) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2012
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (7863) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 21, 2012
750mL growler thanks to oteyj. Pours clear, deep Marron with thicker brown nose leaving sticky, webby lace. Nose is super meaty melon flesh, big jackfruit, big squashy hop pellet nose, earhty sweet onion. Heavier roasty and espresso character. Taste is silky, rich, nicely dark chocolate forward with very little resinous pine sap hop character. Not as abusively bitter or alpha acid lacerative as I was expecting. Thick, spicy, mega dark chocolate palate. Ends super chili pepper spicy and rich. Very good. Thankfully not as big as a hop bomb as I was expecting. More like an over hopped imperial stout. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts and citrusy hop resins coalesce in this harmonious, balanced Imperial Black IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the blackness.
-Roasted malts ramify into dark chocolate and coffee flavors.
-As always for Hill Farmstead, the soft, natural carbonation and lean residual sugars create a very comfortable mouthfeel.
-Hop resins emulate pine needles at times.
-That hop aroma is something else. Leafy, resinous, coniferous, citrusy, etc.

Growlers.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
Growler split at Bruce’s pad - huge thinks to Agent C Dee Aye (aka Leighton) who lugged this treat over the pond for us even though he’d already had it, drinking it again would be no chore mind you ! Pours pitch black with a good sized tan head that dissipates to pond work. Nose is jammy berry fruit, streak o’booze, liqourice, pine resin, bitter grapefruit, dark chocolate, dank hop notes. Taste comprises rich cocoa powder, pine, bitter tropicals, skunky hops, boozey coating, bitter grapefruit, dark berry compote, light smoke and roastings. Medium bodied with bollocks, fine carbonation, earthy hop bitterness and subtle roast in the closure. Meine freundes, das is genau meine strasse !


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