Travlr (24897) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Bottle courtesy of JulienHuxley, thanks! Pretty much black (not a surprise, I guess)., nice brown head with massive lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate covered pine needles. Taste is spiced, roasted and peppery cocoa, almost like a mole sauce. Really tasty. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
19th March 2013Leighton (21296) - 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. mcberko (17854) - 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. jtclockwork (16602) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle thanks to Leighton. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of red wine barrel, french oak, roast chocolate, roast vanilla coffee, unsweetened raisins, tangerine peel, piny hops, toasted nuts and light grapefruit. So delicate and beautiful. Medium body. Really takes the style to a whole new level.
Dedollewaitor (16171) - 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! Scopey (14766) - 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. hopdog (12584) - 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. j12601 (12000) - 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). hopscotch (11113) - 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.