PhillyCraft (7595) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle, generously shared by Al, pours black with medium and lasting beige head. Really sick appearance to this black IPA. Aromas is plums, roast, copper, figs, and dates. flavor is grape juice, malt, bitter hops, licorice, roasted grains, chocolate. Medium bodied with a long lasting finish. Stoked I was able to try this. Got even better as it warmed. Strykzone (7490) - 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. egajdzis (6673) - 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. joeneugs (6371) - 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. tom10101 (6195) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
Bottle 500 ml. Black with a small persistent brown head and nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, pepper, citrus, raisin, plum and wood. Taste of roasted malt with citrus and strong presence of the wine barrel aging. Mouthfeel is dry but almost creamy too with a vinous finish. Crazily complex but not 100% that all those flavors fits perfectly well together. Still a superb beer!
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
In short: An original, hoppy and very oaky big black beer.Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2012
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.
WOW! great spiciness from French oak. This is absolutely insanely good. How is this possible? This release is the best so far. JulienHuxley (5877) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle. Nice black pour with off white foam and tons of lacing. Aroma is absolutely enticing - tons of roasted malts, burnt oak, vanilla, piney hops, pepper, five spice, ginger and tons of raisins and plums complete this über layered aroma. Taste is roasty, hops and wine barrel flavors coexist remarkably well - I wasn’t expecting it to be this harmonious. Palate is quite dry, well carbed, medium bodied, long lasting winey finish. Surprising, and amazingly good. This is one of many beers that I wish to have not shared with Fred ;) AdamChandler (5113) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Picked this up at Hill Farmstead on Saturday. I put these in the fridge to retain the great IPA properties as long as possible. Today, enjoyed with a friend in a Hill Farmstead Glass on a beautiful afternoon in New Hampshire. Thanks Shaun for your time and care!
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2012
A - Appearance is as expected. Pours a very dark brown to black out of the bottle. The beer in the glass is completely black with a 2-finger coffee coloured head of creamy and big bubbles. It fades slowly with nice sticky lacing.
S - The scent is raisins and tangerines with some vanilla and roasted malts. Citrus is the only hop scent I’m getting.
T - Pinning down all of the tastes in this beer is proving to be very challenging. First, I get raisins and a fine mix of lemons and oranges. In the middle, the acidity from the wine barrels comes through with a nice level of tannins and grape skin must. The finish is a hint of pepper with a finish that’s a nice balanced bitter hoppy finish of pine and oranges.
M - Big level of carbonation on the mouth swish. Medium body and oh boy. If you fill your mouth with this beer and drink slowly, it coats your tongue and makes your tongue tingle. Very few beers do this.
O - Society & Solitude #2 is my favorite beer from Hill Farmstead. I was skeptical when Shaun said he’d be putting the beer in wine barrels. However, Jimmy is a beer that is complex and contains a lot of depth. It’s also a beer that is perfectly suited for 500ml bottles because, you want more than a glass, but it should be shared with a friends. Two pours per glass. Great for sharing and nice on a hot summer day.
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.