bigda83 (854) - Jamestown, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Draft at the Blackback. Pours a dark black, fairly clear for a dark, and had a medium off white head to it. Aroma had some coffee, pine, resin to it. Flavor was very good and not what I was expecting. Surprisingly very hoppy. I got notes of citrus, pine, resin, coffee, and hints of chocolate. Medium body, thin texture, average carbonation. Mildly bitter on the finish. Overall, one of the better black IPAs. merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
A: Dark Brown/Blackish Hue, Passes Very Minor Light, Off White Head Ring, Decent Lacing
S: Dark Mildly Smoked Wheat, Mild Chocolate
T: Smoked Wheat, Medium Grainy Malts, Mild Chocolate
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter
Overall, nice carbonation, decent dark wheat nose and flavor. seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Another offline rating from last December. Taster at the source. Jet black with a nice head. Smell was very hop forward, like I would expect from HF "lighter" hoppy ales, roasted malts, slight cocoa, and a bit of hay. Taste again with the hops, piney, resin, slight juicy citrus, roast, bit of cocoa, and a nice bitterness. Best I have ever had of the black IPA style. ThirstyBird (2992) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2013
catching up with an old rating from 2010. From a growler thanks jedwards! Appears super dark cola color with a nice tan head than falls to a blanket. Smell is citrus, chocolate and dark malt. The taste is slightly sweet up front, lightly bitter in the middle with a subtle dryness on the aftertaste. Medium body with elegant, smooth fine carbonation. biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
750mL swing top thanks to GT2 via yourefragile. Thanks! Great appearance : opaque black with a fluffy tan head. Webby lacing. Aroma is peat moss, ash, wet earth. Taste is woody, bitter, hints of fresh grapefruit juice paired with coffee. Strange combination of aromas and flavors that don’t meld as well as its rivals. Palate is okay, thinner, needs more body. Feels overly bitter and sharp. Definitely good beer but disappointing for hill farmstead.
GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
750mL flip-top growler big thanks to yourefragile! Dark sepia pour, clearish. Thick mocha head erupts. Sheen, rocky retention. Big swathes of lace. Nose is soft, peaty, some spicy melon like chili powder rubbed pomelo (Thai snack),chocolate milkshake. Taste is light bodied like a 5% oatmeal stout, bitter, roasty, coffee heavy, some light soil and earthiness. Palate is lighter, bitter, easy to drink than expected. As it warms, it really gains some silkiness, mild alcohol warming, fudge, ganache. Palate really improves density at warm temperatures. Really nice improvement. Goes from a 3.7 to a 3.9 for me. Delicious but delicate, could easily be under appreciated if you don’t let it warm up and see how it evolves. I really liked it, especially how it is sessionable at 6.5%. Well done. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Draft at lord hobo. Best black IPA to date. Big roast, chocolate, big piney bitterness. Full creamy mouthfeel . Roast and pine feed off of each other beautifully. Great beer SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
Tap at prohibition pig. Notes of banana cream pie. Touch of roasted coffee. Pleasant juicy grapefruit hop presence. Wheat roast grapefruit hop actually work quite well together. Tasty interesting brew. Liked quite a bit. Dry. Nice body. Nice. reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Pours black with a medium creamy tan head...nice lacing and retention. Aroma has bitter dark chocolate and mild pine. Flavor has slightly more pine, burnt/roastiness, dark chocolate, and even a hint of espresso...fairly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is roasty/piney and very bitter...dry and lingering. yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2013
750 mL growler. Thanks Tucker.
Pours a clear dark brown, near black with a thick foam tan head. Good retention and sticky lacing throughout. Strong roast malt aroma with a strong punch of pine, light smoke and faint citrus. Flavor has a strong roast malt backbone with a subtle spice and breadiness throughout before a dry finish with strong pine hops and mild citrus sweetness. Enjoyed the balance of malt and hops more so with this than James. Creamy, medium thick body with light carbonation. A very nice black IPA with subtle rye spiciness.