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 (2703) - 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. hopdog (13191) - 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. joeneugs (6372) - 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. beernbourbon (1604) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Bottle thanks to mtgoat in recent trade, thanks! Pour is near black with a medium light brown head. aroma is earthy with hints of roasted malt, pine hop, notes of old basement, and a touch of grape. Flavor is complex. Ash and roasted malt up front with a green pine hop notes following. Finish is long and earthy with notes of grape, tobacco, and faint spice. A complex offering. Lots going on here and a style i usually dont care for, but a winner in my book.
madmitch76 (26368) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
19th March 2013jackl (8555) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 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!
Bottle @ THE Stouts Tasting Pt II: 2 Stouts 2 Furious. Thanks to Leighton for this. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny head. The nose is fruit by the foot. Jammy red wine. Fresh strawberry. Earthy toasted coconut. Chocolate-dipped bruised fruits. A bit of charred malts. The taste is more of the same. Rich roast malt, coffee rind bitterness. Nice red wine accents. More berry, grapes. Nice woody hop finish. Peppery dryness. Really well balanced. The wine barrel really adds a great fruitiness to this beer. Overall, superlative stuff. Great. phaleslu (10895) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2013
500 ml bottle via BA trade. Pours a deep brown with mahogany highlights and a small fizzy brown head. The beer is lighter than Jim but the head is darker. Strange but cool. Aroma of dark fruits and oak, definitely picking up the wine barrel character, along with dark chocolate, florals, citrus fruit, and herbs. Flavor of chocolate, roast, earth, citrus peel, and a deep, underlying vinous character throughout it all. Medium-bodied, with a vinous, mildly bitter, roasty mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Really interesting black IPA. Stil drinking very well. ctipping (2268) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2015
500 mL bottle. Unknown original review date.
Pours black with a nice mocha head. Excellent retention.
Simcoe hops are prevalent on the nose. Some citrusy hops. A touch of vinous notes, but not really a heavy barrel character.
Taste is much better than the aroma. Hops first, less simcoe and more centennial-type hops. Good chocolate roast followed by vinous wine barrel. Oaky in the finish. Fascinating combination of flavors.
Well carbonated. Maybe too much, really. Not heavy. Lingering bitterness and wine flavors.
Really good flavors. Harsh and astringent, but the flavors are great. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
500ml bottle, pretty fresh. The pour yields a deep mahogany body with a hint of chestnut at the edges. A short but steadfast head of creamy, light brown foam gently settles to a thin center film with a pronounced edge. Droopy splotches of lacing mark the glass. The nose is based in dark roasty malt, showing burnt sugars and earthy, scorched molasses. Deep, dark, black forest cherries lend a lush sweet-tart fruitiness. Oak imparts a touch of ever-so-slightly toasty vanilla and slightly peppery, dry tannins. Hops are potent, primarily green and grassy, with a touch of pine. Flavors are again quite roasty in the malt base, showing rich, biting earthiness along with scorched molasses edges and hints of grilled fig. Black cherries again add hint of acidic sharpness and dark fruity sweetness. The barrel imparts more juicy, peppery wine character – dry, sharp, and earthy. Hops show strongest on the finish, mainly grassy in nature. The palate is substantial, yet it bravely defies the conventional notion that a 10% monster has to be cloying. On the contrary, it is adequately dry and well attenuated, even slightly chalky in its somewhat yeasty finish. Carbonation is just shy of moderate, but it manages to lend a sufficient drying effect. On the whole, this is damn near tops in the genre. Complex as all hell, and quite vinous, I’m hard pressed to find a more interesting and well-executed Black IPA. Another winner from Hill Farmstead.