jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle from gnosis.. thank you. Consumed after the Everett. Pour is dark brown/black with a tan 2 finger frothy head. Smell is chocolate, cofee, dark fruit, some citrus. Taste is bold.. chocolate, wood, dark fruit, some hops, coffee. Medium body and resiny. I dont know if it was because I drank after but certainly reminded me of a hopped and aged Everett. Delicious.. best black IPA i’ve had (if that is what this is considered) sarro (134) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Consumed twice. Fresh and aged about 6 months old. Pours dark brown with a frothy, mocha head.
Nose is chalk, roast, dark chocolate, and floral hops on the backend
Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.
Taste is chocolate malts and supporting perfumey hops.
Finishes slightly boozy. Reminds me a bit of Everett, but creamier and with added components of hops and vinous oak. Very creative and well done. AcctError96987 (3723) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottles acquired from the release last weekend. Couldn’t wait any longer. Shared this with Brad while watching Le Tour de France.
Served in my new Hill Farmstead wine glass.
The beer has a beautiful appearance. Dark brown with a thick, lasting, oily beige head. Seemingly everlasting retention with a thick sheet of lacing on the glass.
The aroma offers roast, pine, malt, caramels, wine, oak. Fabulous.
The flavor is fabulous as well, imparting an elegant sour and tart character. Gracefully balanaced. Oak, pine, hops, caramel malt, wine, sweet and sour.
The feel on the palate is ridiculous. Alcohol...where?!? Silky smooth and wonderful.
Overall, this is without question the best black IPA I have ever had, although this is a bit of a diversion from that style. Regardless, a phenomenal brew. So glad I made it to this release.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-21-2012 phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 17, 2012
50 cl bottle sent to us Mikkeller Bartenders by a very generous Chicago bar owner. Black pour, small brown head. Aroma is ripe grapefruit and cantaloupe, roasted malts, chocolate, cake crust, a very hoppy over-all impression, a bit of piney hop notes, citrus. A component of berries and mild oak is present beneath, which sort of surrounds the whole aroma with a subtle red wine aroma. The taste reveals the red wine barrel more than the aroma. A tannic note of berries and oak, complimenting the malts very nicely. Hops have the high pitch, adding bitterness and citrus notes in the finish. Body is as full as the style allows, and the hops have a large enough play space to steal the show together with the barrel. Well deserving of the score. mcberko (18434) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
500mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany!), pours black with a small tan head. Nose is very complex, still bringing out more of the black IPA base beer than the barrel notes, with the hops still present after the barrel aging and subsequent aging time. Moderately roasted malts underpin the hops. Very subtle red wine and oak qualities are present, but they are certainly secondary. Flavour is very complex, bringing out the best of both worlds: caramel and roasted malt upfront, followed by the hops, with complex but subtle barrel qualities that accentuate everything else going on, finishing on a vinous, hoppy note. The carbonation has somehow become more aggressive than the regular Society & Solitude #2 – I feel this could do with a tad softer mouthfeel. I do much prefer the regular Society & Solitude #2. Nevertheless, yet another expertly crafted Hill Farmstead brew, though not in their upper echelon I feel.
Dedollewaitor (16238) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2012
50cl Bottle. Trade with Xerenthar. Thanks. Pours black with a creamy thick beige head and lacings. Nose is roast, coffee, dark fruit, piney hops and wood. Intense and complex. Flavor is wood - mild red wine like, hops, funk and coffee roast. Smooth, slick and soft. Hoppy finish. The guy is a genius! nimbleprop (8595) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Oily opaque black with some tan head. Nose of coffee, hop pellets, very dank, chocolate, earthy, wet soil. Flavor is even better, sweet, chocolate, pine, grapes, earthy, coffee grounds, dried lemon peel. Full bodied, earthy finish. A little hot. Really earthy. For those who don’t think black IPAs work, you have to try this. Plenty of coffee/porter flavor and plenty of citrus/IPA flavors. Excellent. beernbourbon (1596) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Bottle thanks to mtgoat in recent trade, thanks! Pour is near black with a medium light brown head. aroma is earthy with hints of roasted malt, pine hop, notes of old basement, and a touch of grape. Flavor is complex. Ash and roasted malt up front with a green pine hop notes following. Finish is long and earthy with notes of grape, tobacco, and faint spice. A complex offering. Lots going on here and a style i usually dont care for, but a winner in my book. pushkinwow (2851) - Ottawa, CANADA - OCT 13, 2012
500ml bottle from Tom10101. Dark brown with a slight red hue and a dark biege head that fades to nothing unless you want to swirl it around. Lots of resin with light citrus hops, oak and some smoke, tannins, roasted malts. Moderate to low carbonation, moderate to full body, somewhat sweet with an intense bitterness underneath, becomes dry and some alcohol with tannins. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Well fuck yeah this one is amazing. Almost black with a fluffy light brown head. The nose is a red wine, toasty, chocolate lovers dream. Grassy hops, milk chocolate. And a crazy hint of kids watercolor paint. Flavor is toasty and hoppy. Chocolate, light vinous notes. Resiny finish. Bold yet delicate. Wow.