durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottle shared by the one and only TURDFERGUSON. Gotdam, these beers are in someways so well done it seems pointless to talk about them. Like "yup, they got this right" is enough said. Pours dark brown, think foamy head. Nose is hoppy but not skunky or overdone like many of the style. Citrus notes and cocoa malts. Taste is similarly balanced between sweet and bitter; malt and hops. Light palate. Refreshing and not confrontational at all for this sometimes too-big style. madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
25th September 2012Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
The ChrisO small midweek tasting. Cheers Leighton for this rare treat. Opaque black brown beer, little tan head. Light piney nose. Mellow dark malts with big fruity and piney hops. All very well integrated. A really smooth black IPA.
Growler, thanks Dany!!! Pours clear black and holy fuckshitballs is this a sharp looking brew! Head is going to dissipate in the next epoch apparently. Nose is grapefruit, light mocha, jerky, smoke, tropical fruit. Flavours of big smoketropical fruit, pine. Gorgeous stuff! Boutip (6533) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2012
Growler: Poured a clear deep black color ale with a large dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of piney hops is incredibly intense with great floral qualities. Taste is a mix between roasted malt notes with light bitter and dry notes submerged by a huge amount of piney hops with some citrus notes. Body is average with good carbonation. This a great demonstration on how dry-hopping should be done to limit the bitterness of hops but ensure floral piney notes are prevalent. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
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radarsock (1223) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2012
This cuddly Black IPA proffers lemon pie over humid earth, before coniferous hop resins kick in, massaged by roasted cocoa allusions.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A creamy head of foam covers the darkness.
-The soft, natural-feeling carbonation does wonders for the mouthfeel.
-The hop intensity was relatively low for a Hill Farmstead brew, but this might only be because of the keg’s age. No idea when this was last brewed...
-Bready undertones are tasted as well.
On tap at Blackback Pub, in Waterbury.
Had on tap in my stemmed HF glass at Harvest. Poured a muddy coaly dark brown with a leggy, frothed head. Smells of liquorice, coffee dregs, roast and hops. No booze detected. Nice tintermingling of hops, roast, sourdough, and wet tobacco. Not as good as either Jim or Jimmy, I’d have to say. Theydon_Bois (20628) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Growler at Chriso - 25/09/12 thanks to Leighton for this one.
Very dark mahogony brown pour with a thinnish tan head than soon departs to the edge of the glass.
On the nose - pine, pine, pine on the nose. Lovely ! Add some hops and bitter grapefruit. A little light smoke also.
Taste follows nose, great piney hoppy black IPA with bitter grapefruit and other tropical fruit tones.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
A Rolls Royce of black IPA’s ! Scopey (15704) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2012
Growler, many thanks to Leighton at ChrisO. It pours hazy, very dark brown, with a thin-medium light tan head. The nose is big on the citrus: zesty lime, orange, grapefruit, lemon peel, as well as pine, potpourri and roasted malt in the background. The taste is roasted malt, charcoal, light ash, zesty lime peel, grapefruit, light charcoal, chocolate and pine, with a bitter, roasty finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Flavoursome and well-balanced. Delicious. czar (9430) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 on tap at hill farmstead harvest festival. black pour with a very nice crema cap, very good retention and lacing. dark roastiness, hint of sweetness, light lactic notes, resin and pine along with bright citrus notes. some earthiness. average to soft carbonation, medium body - fairly oily, lightly boozy, very nice coffee-piney medium long finish. balanced and very aromatic. excellent! tom10101 (6265) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2012
On tap at Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival. Dark (almost black) with a medium mostly lasting beige head and nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus, pine/resinous and malt. Taste is sweet and bitter with citrus, pine and roasted malt. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Medium to full body. Nice complexity and correct balance but way heavier than expected. Not a really sessionnable Black IPA though still a very good beer.