joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
500 ml bottle. It pours a dark brown color with a really nice, thick lasting tan head. The aroma is potently citrusy, fruity and floral with mild vinous notes, cocoa, spice and barely any wood. The flavor has much more of the wine barrel influence. Up front it’s very strong with a combination of grapefruit, licorice, red wine, spice and pine. Little oak near the finish. The alcohol feels strong here, but the body is not overly thick. The finish is bitter and vinous. Really well balanced and well done as usual. hopscotch (11409) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle... Pours pitch black with a mid-sized, creamy, well-tanned head that never fully dissipates. The restrained aroma presents subtle notes of dark chocolate and bong water. Medium-bodied with a raspy mouthfeel and stinging carbonation. The flavor is mostly sweet, furnishing tawny port and dark chocolate. Finishes crisp, sweet and a touch nutty. JAXSON (610) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Pours black with a tight, creamy beige head, fine lacing of tiny bubbles. Nose is black licorice, anise, sweet dark berries reminding me of the same barrel presence in Birth of Tragedy. Also a nice collage of earth and pine. Flavor is quite roasted, much more so than in the nose, with some sweet dark berries as it opens, piney hops on the finish. Interesting experiment, to me it brings out some of the great fruity qualities of Birth of Tragedy, though in a much different package. hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Bottle. Poured a black color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, earthy, wood, chocolate, and pine. Tastes of roast, earth, dark chocolate, some coffee, wood, and some wine. Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Pours very murky dark brown swampy in color with a creamy bright cocoa head. The aroma brings sweet winey barrel a little more prevalent than citrusy hop flavors that are present, but a beautiful blend overall. The flavor brings bitter orange notes from the hops that seem nicely enhanced by the wine barrel flavors that help give a dry ending.
Strykzone (7796) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Black and cool to pour with a head that separates. I will sy it. The best thing about this black ipa is that it does not tadye like one. But there is some roastiness. It is a very nice ipa. I like this a lot. radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Split from a bottle. I was fortunate enough to have Society and Solitude #2, so it was nice to get a taste of this one in the bottle. This one poured a near pitch-black color with a small tan head. Aroma was dark chocolate malts, roasted notes, plenty of nice pine character too to balance it out quite well. Like S&S#2, this one was quite well balanced, with about as great a mouthfeel as I can imagine. I go back and forth on this particular style, going one direction one day and one the other - if only they could all be this good. biggirlpanties (204) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 22, 2012
500mL thanks to GT2. Pours dark chocolate with fluffy, tan foam. Aroma is bitter dark chocolate, hops, roast, like a porter and IPA had a baby. Taste is very roasty, bitter, black coffee. Not too hoppy but loads of dark chocolate and coffee bitterness. Not a palate wrecker though, quite drinkable and balanced. Very bold, dense, rich mouthfeel. But not aggressive or cloying. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
500ml bottle, pretty fresh. The pour yields a deep mahogany body with a hint of chestnut at the edges. A short but steadfast head of creamy, light brown foam gently settles to a thin center film with a pronounced edge. Droopy splotches of lacing mark the glass. The nose is based in dark roasty malt, showing burnt sugars and earthy, scorched molasses. Deep, dark, black forest cherries lend a lush sweet-tart fruitiness. Oak imparts a touch of ever-so-slightly toasty vanilla and slightly peppery, dry tannins. Hops are potent, primarily green and grassy, with a touch of pine. Flavors are again quite roasty in the malt base, showing rich, biting earthiness along with scorched molasses edges and hints of grilled fig. Black cherries again add hint of acidic sharpness and dark fruity sweetness. The barrel imparts more juicy, peppery wine character – dry, sharp, and earthy. Hops show strongest on the finish, mainly grassy in nature. The palate is substantial, yet it bravely defies the conventional notion that a 10% monster has to be cloying. On the contrary, it is adequately dry and well attenuated, even slightly chalky in its somewhat yeasty finish. Carbonation is just shy of moderate, but it manages to lend a sufficient drying effect. On the whole, this is damn near tops in the genre. Complex as all hell, and quite vinous, I’m hard pressed to find a more interesting and well-executed Black IPA. Another winner from Hill Farmstead. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
500mL thanks to JulienHuxley. Deeper brown to black pour. Perfect 360 mocha foam in sheets. Nose is black pepper, spicy hops, au poivre steak, sharper lemon and key lime/grapefruit. Small vanilla. Taste is dense, aerated, fluffy with red wine barrel, alcoholic heat, black pepper. Palate is dense, bitter, sharp citrus, mild sugar, creamed coffee. Hazelnut and coffee abound with no harsh roast and no soil/earth. Very nice. Much better than Jim. Probably my favorite for style.
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