Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Leighton (8684) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Sammy (7719) - 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.
adnielsen (7581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
GT2 (7035) - Riverslime, California, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lord Hobo prior to EBF and NOTB. Pours a deep black with brown highlights and a small tanned beige head. Super dank and earthy hops, thin edgy citrus behind it all. Brightness peeking out through the dark. Beautiful. Mushrooomy umami flavors, earthy and roast filled. Not as big and full as I would have expected at the start, which is kind of nice after having two bigger bodied beers (the Daybreak and Nor). It does pick up a bit of body and intensity though, slowly building up and growing into a thick and creamy mouthfeel, redolent with earthiness.
Glouglouburp (5867) - 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.
deyholla (5395) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fliptop shared by Kan. Pours near black with a grayish brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a light pine note with roasted malts and dark grains as well as a hint of sweetness. Flavor has a good amount of dark grains with light pine and some sweetness.