Dedollewaitor (16159) - 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! Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottles acquired from the release last weekend. Couldn’t wait any longer. Shared this with Brad while watching Le Tour de France.
Served in my new Hill Farmstead wine glass.
The beer has a beautiful appearance. Dark brown with a thick, lasting, oily beige head. Seemingly everlasting retention with a thick sheet of lacing on the glass.
The aroma offers roast, pine, malt, caramels, wine, oak. Fabulous.
The flavor is fabulous as well, imparting an elegant sour and tart character. Gracefully balanaced. Oak, pine, hops, caramel malt, wine, sweet and sour.
The feel on the palate is ridiculous. Alcohol...where?!? Silky smooth and wonderful.
Overall, this is without question the best black IPA I have ever had, although this is a bit of a diversion from that style. Regardless, a phenomenal brew. So glad I made it to this release.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-21-2012 Leighton (21258) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2013
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. tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle tnx Sean. Pours pitch black with a huge cresny tanned head leaving lace. Aroma is fruity vinous hint of sweetness pleasant balanced roast and hopoiness. Flavor is so good, balanced between the dark astringent and bitter, subtile maltyness very fruity and vinous anf great bitter finish. PhillyCraft (7229) - 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.
Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2012
Pours black with low beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus, roasted malt, fruits, sweetness. Taste is of citrus, roasted malt, wine, sweetness, alcohol. Overall: very good, nice body. Thorpe429 (5035) - , 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. Travlr (24841) - 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. sarro (134) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Consumed twice. Fresh and aged about 6 months old. Pours dark brown with a frothy, mocha head.
Nose is chalk, roast, dark chocolate, and floral hops on the backend
Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.
Taste is chocolate malts and supporting perfumey hops.
Finishes slightly boozy. Reminds me a bit of Everett, but creamier and with added components of hops and vinous oak. Very creative and well done. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours very dark brown with a thin tan head that leaves thin, bubbly lace. The nose is malty, roasted, and very hoppy with underlying oaky vanilla with a lightly vinous note. The flavor is very roasted and hoppy, but nicely balanced and easy to drink with the oak rounding everything out nicely. The body is full with light carbonation and a long roasted, hoppy, and vanilla oak finish.