hopdog (12510) - 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 (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. beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, 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 (24789) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
19th March 2013jackl (8071) - 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 (10246) - 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 (2047) - 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. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2012
500ml bottle released over the previous weekend. couldn’t resist the opportunity to drink this as fresh as one possibly could outside of being there in person. thanks to you know who for sharing... pours as it should yielding a dark licorice hued consistency, fairly homogenous throughout, with the edges showing a bit more of a dark reddish transparency. a thin to medium khaki rests on top which gradually recedes to a thin wispy film... aroma of semi-sticky roasty chocolate notes upfront that mingle rather effortlessly with a semi-pungent green piney citrus hop notes. the oak smoothens things out adding a bit of wet wood and vanilla sweetness. i personally enjoyed the more vibrant hoppiness of the ss#2 but this explores that base beer in a different perspective... smooth, softer and lush, the oak really adds a less assertive nature to its former self, more gentile overall. while the hops and roasty chocolate notes continue to intermingle, the aging in oak seems to encourage the synergy between the three dimensions. sweetness comes into play midway through but a soft bitterness surfaces late offering a welcoming respite. overall it comes together resoundingly well. the mouthfeel is smooth as can be, a bit fluffy even on the palate. quite enjoyable to drink even at its strength which i might add creepingly sneaks up on you... all in all, another fantastic HF offering. i absolutely cannot wait to visit in person to witness shaun, the site, the surroundings, even the terroir if you will, which is Hill Farmstead. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Pour from the bottle thanks to Tim for sharing the wealth. Dark brown black with a slightly tan head. Mild aromatics of pine and grass. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, a trace of wine and a subtle new oak barrel character. Very nice mouthfeel and body. The oak is subtle and not overpowering which is perfect for this beer. The alcohol is not apparent. Great complex beer. Beerlando (3342) - 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.