mikem409 (2029) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2012
bottle big big thanks to ernesto. pours black/red with perfect tan head that last and last. aroma of hops and oak. taste is absolutly amazing, hoppt, sweet oak and hint of wine best ipa i have had so complex reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Pours black with a thin lt mocha head. Aroma is lightly tart and winey with dark fruits and roast. Flavor is winey and tart with underlying roast and some coffee...light piney hops and nice oaky notes...faint booziness. Mouthfeel is medium with a winey/piney dry finish. fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2012
roasty toasty malty hoppy (oaky winey) goodness... pours a perfect black color with a large billowing latte colored head that holds for some time and reduces leaving an even coat of lacing. the nose begins with the smell of toasted wood which leads to the dark malts and fruity hoppiness. taste is dark rich malts and bursting hop flavors ending with a mild fruity tannic quality... a vinous note plays in at the finish. pretzel like maltiness too. incredibly balanced flavors. delicate alcohol detection. radarsock (1223) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Pours dark-brown coal color into whatever stem glass I decided to use for this specific Black IPA. Smells of chamomile, Galaxy hops, pizza dough, lemon zest, cocoa powder and chili. Tastes of cigarette smoke, strong-bitter hops, plums, mugwort, tobacco, and roast. Okay, let me be straight with you: finely made, smooth and amazingly drinkable. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Huge thanks to yourefragile for sharing. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Pours near black with a good beige head and nice lacing. Some roast followed by great wine barrel character. Hops come through in bitterness and flavor. Some resin and fruit. Pine. So smooth.
egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Nearly opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, red wine, citrus, pine, light roast and some floral hops. Taste of some roasted malts, vanilla, red wine, tobacco, cocoa, and a creamy mouthfeel. I liked Jim better. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2012
500ml bottle released over the previous weekend. couldn’t resist the opportunity to drink this as fresh as one possibly could outside of being there in person. thanks to you know who for sharing... pours as it should yielding a dark licorice hued consistency, fairly homogenous throughout, with the edges showing a bit more of a dark reddish transparency. a thin to medium khaki rests on top which gradually recedes to a thin wispy film... aroma of semi-sticky roasty chocolate notes upfront that mingle rather effortlessly with a semi-pungent green piney citrus hop notes. the oak smoothens things out adding a bit of wet wood and vanilla sweetness. i personally enjoyed the more vibrant hoppiness of the ss#2 but this explores that base beer in a different perspective... smooth, softer and lush, the oak really adds a less assertive nature to its former self, more gentile overall. while the hops and roasty chocolate notes continue to intermingle, the aging in oak seems to encourage the synergy between the three dimensions. sweetness comes into play midway through but a soft bitterness surfaces late offering a welcoming respite. overall it comes together resoundingly well. the mouthfeel is smooth as can be, a bit fluffy even on the palate. quite enjoyable to drink even at its strength which i might add creepingly sneaks up on you... all in all, another fantastic HF offering. i absolutely cannot wait to visit in person to witness shaun, the site, the surroundings, even the terroir if you will, which is Hill Farmstead. Reynolds314 (3477) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2012
I feel like Im being a homer with all of these ratings for Hill Farmstead but they are completely deserving. Pours a creamy black with frothy beige head that receeds very slowly leaving lacing behind. Aroma is rich chocolate, evergreen, floral, and mellow ash. Taste is so creamy and perfect. Lightly sweet with a nice mellow bitterness and a clean finish. The french oak barrels add a great spicyness and depth of flavor. This is the best black IPA I have ever had. oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Black pour with a robust tan froth. Huge vinous notes in the nose with piney herbals and juicy fruit nectar, all sitting upon a massive base of chocolate roast. The flavor starts with a blast of creamy milk chocolate, turning to dark chocolate and cocoa nib, and eventually finishing with roasty barley notes. Assertive hop character in the flavor as well, with ample bitterness to complement the bitterness of the dark malts. Fruity depth and hints of evergreen sneak in as well. Warming but not boozy. Massively thick rich palate with creamy effervescence and a roasty sweet finish. Awesome. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2012
WOW! great spiciness from French oak. This is absolutely insanely good. How is this possible? This release is the best so far.