AdamChandler (5052) - 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!
Reynolds314 (3450) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 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.
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. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Again, giant thanks to my man oteyj for saving a bottle of this for me!! Pre-Farmhouse Festival 2012 tasting, 500 ml. Pours a not-quite-black with a bubbly light beige head. Nose holds big resiny pine and loamy earthen hop character with touches of oaky vanilla sweetness. Slight scallion bite and caramel/brownie sweetness residing in the background of the aroma; great so far. The flavor is absolutely stunning, with the oak and vinous dark fruit sweetness immediately up front, then quickly giving way to rich, dark hop profile of spruce, sap, with dry red wine character melding with the bitterness beautifully. Complex, a touch of boozy heat which I honestly really like in congruence with the other aggressive characters of this beer, and the usual lovely HF carbonation. A work of art, particularly in a style that seems to get more and more difficult to make distinctive. Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark brown to black with a creamy, nougat coloured to pale brown head. The aroma holds balanced hoppy notes of tart citrus, mild pine, black currant, tea, juniper, tropical fruit flavoured hard candy and new cut grass. Well-integrated malt of fancy chocolate, soft roasted grain, asphalt and some dark caramel. Subtle wood tones of vine and a tiny touch of vanilla. Hints of blueberry jam, liquorice and wet apple tobacco. Round, compact and deep nose. The flavour is light sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic with perfect balanced and soft malt character alongside fruity, grassy earthy, mild resinous and a dash of floral hops. Wood and a vine lurking in the background. The mouthfeel is super soft, smooth and velvety with a light carbonation. Vine, well-adjusted, hops, violet candy and smooth malt on the finish. Medium to full bodied. biggirlpanties (194) - 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.
oteyj (2139) - 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. radarsock (1194) - 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. 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. Fred82 (2324) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2012
500ml bottle huge thanks to JulienHuxley.GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Appearance : Pitch black with small foamy and creamy brown head. Very long head retention with awesome lacing.
Aroma : Crisp, resinous, citrusy and herbal hops with some roasted malt, coffee and slightly wine-y woody notes. Awesome complex nose, a bit unbalanced towards the hops but still well married with the malt. Very light hint of alcohol as it warms up. Light smokey notes as well.
Taste : Great citrusy and juicy hops, piny and resinous. Then the malt comes in, great roadted notes with coffee and light chocolate. Hops come back on the finish with great resinous and juicy piny notes along with some coffee and some wood. Slight red wine notes.
Palate : Awesome soft fluffy and pillowy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation that fits perfectly with the beer.
Overall : Wow this is good. Big citrusy and juicy hops all the way with a great malty backbone with the subtle added complexity of the wood. Awesome persistence on the finish by the malt and the hops. Very elegant, packed with flavour, drinkable, awesome palate, great appearance... hard to find something bad about this beer.
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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