JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2013
Good tan/brown head over virtually black beer; shards of lace. Chocolate, sweet liquorice, garden herbs and leaves. Stout-like taste, littel impact of the hops; again liquorice & chocolate. Finish yields the barrel-aging, even Bourbon (rather than wine), and a light, refreshing acidity. Rich MF, alleviated by fine CO² pearling. Rich for its purpose, barrel aging has done a world of good. Thanks to the kind donator! jbeatty (1257) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle, reviewed 06/10/2013, thanks to Mac! Pours dark brown, near black, thin white creamy head, dies to a nice foamy surface slick, sticky spotty lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, piney haze, vinous roasty finish, almost juicy, sangria-like. Taste is soft, roasted malts and coffee, piney hops, slight sweetness with a bit of wood. Body is soft, creamy palate, typical Hill Farmstead. Really nice, the wine notes add a different dimension to this style. Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours deep dark brown/ black color with a finger of frothy tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, burnt caramel, red grapes, and slightly boozy. Taste of roasted malt, slight coffee, some red wine/grape notes, dark fruits, and some piney bitterness. j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Dany that I shared with Andy, Max, and Pearl prior to our trip to the Hill Anniversary. Pours a deep black with a thin beige head. A touch of wood and smoke, hints of roast and cocoa, light dusty old hops. Caramel, roast and cocoa. Perhaps a bit more age on this than it should have, but I felt I needed to save it for friends, so that’s my fault. Though, maybe it’s one of those things that just changes in strange and unexpected ways. Who can say. The wine barrel does start to come through about midway, getting a touch vinous and woody. Warming alcohol and big heavy roast comes through toward the end. I’d be interested in trying a very fresh bottle of this (though with the barrel aging on a black ipa I’m not sure hop the hops would translate anyway). tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle tnx Sean. Pours pitch black with a huge cresny tanned head leaving lace. Aroma is fruity vinous hint of sweetness pleasant balanced roast and hopoiness. Flavor is so good, balanced between the dark astringent and bitter, subtile maltyness very fruity and vinous anf great bitter finish.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
In short: An original, hoppy and very oaky big black beer.jackl (8423) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2013
How: Bottle 500ml. First and only batch so far. Twice. This rating for a bottle consumed 4 months after the beer release.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with good retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Interesting nose blending dark berries, soft liquorice candy, mild vinous oak presence, subtle piney hops. The base beer (Society and Solitude #2) is unrecognizable yet the aroma is really not overwhelmed by the barrels, it’s entirely a new beer. Taste is dark berries jam swimming in bittersweet chocolate, some black liquorice, earthy notes, burnt molasses, unexpected black pepper sensation, some piney hops resin, a whole lot of oak tannins, a bit of booze. The finish is very harsh (burning sensation) with the astringent oak tannins raking back of the mouth along with some hops resin and some booze. A smoother carbonation would have been more appropriate. Very good big beer, an original creation that defies style classification and offers lots of complexity, yet I found it a bit too harsh and not quite up to my expectations from this great brewery. This is my 5500th rating, what an achievement, but let’s be honest, we the top-100 raters on ratebeer are collectively one big argument against the theory of evolution.
Bottle @ THE Stouts Tasting Pt II: 2 Stouts 2 Furious. Thanks to Leighton for this. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny head. The nose is fruit by the foot. Jammy red wine. Fresh strawberry. Earthy toasted coconut. Chocolate-dipped bruised fruits. A bit of charred malts. The taste is more of the same. Rich roast malt, coffee rind bitterness. Nice red wine accents. More berry, grapes. Nice woody hop finish. Peppery dryness. Really well balanced. The wine barrel really adds a great fruitiness to this beer. Overall, superlative stuff. Great. Scopey (15687) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2013
Bottle consumed at THE stouts tasting part 2, big thanks to Mr L-to-the-eighton. It pours very dark brown with a medium beige head. The nose is varnish, pine, charcoal, caramel, sweet treacle, toast and faint cocoa. The taste is roasted malt, berry, red grape, plum, vinous, cocoa, powder, earth and wood with a very, very dry finish. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. A creative and interesting "black ipa" for sure, but far too dry for my liking. madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
19th March 2013Leighton (22304) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2013
Stouts and Porters II. Big thanks to Leighton again for coming up with the Hill Farmstead goods! Opaque black beer, good pale tan head. Palate is light and a little dry. Mild fine carbonation. Very light touch of dark malt, no bitterness or roast. Nice light pine hops with well integrated red wine derived red berry fruits. A little oak softness before a dry finish. Bitterish red berry aftertaste. Very nice!
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 Bottle shared at Bruce’s, London during The Stouts Tasting, Pt. II - one of my contributions to this little soirée. Many thanks to Mom and Dad for picking this up. Pours deep brown with a tight, khaki cream head. Nose holds loads of juicy pine, grapes, ripe berries, oaky red wine, subtle roast. Medium to big sweet flavor, dried and burnt wood, dark sugars, raisins, dry cocoa, burnt grass, burnt pine. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Lightly resinous finish, plenty of burnt wood dryness, dried dark fruits, burnt pine, toasty bread. Lots of dry, vinous texture. Great stuff overall. Deep complexity, nice balance.