tom10101 (6156) - 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! 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. 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. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Pours very murky dark brown swampy in color with a creamy bright cocoa head. The aroma brings sweet winey barrel a little more prevalent than citrusy hop flavors that are present, but a beautiful blend overall. The flavor brings bitter orange notes from the hops that seem nicely enhanced by the wine barrel flavors that help give a dry ending. phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 17, 2012
50 cl bottle sent to us Mikkeller Bartenders by a very generous Chicago bar owner. Black pour, small brown head. Aroma is ripe grapefruit and cantaloupe, roasted malts, chocolate, cake crust, a very hoppy over-all impression, a bit of piney hop notes, citrus. A component of berries and mild oak is present beneath, which sort of surrounds the whole aroma with a subtle red wine aroma. The taste reveals the red wine barrel more than the aroma. A tannic note of berries and oak, complimenting the malts very nicely. Hops have the high pitch, adding bitterness and citrus notes in the finish. Body is as full as the style allows, and the hops have a large enough play space to steal the show together with the barrel. Well deserving of the score.
Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours deep dark brown/ black color with a finger of frothy tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, burnt caramel, red grapes, and slightly boozy. Taste of roasted malt, slight coffee, some red wine/grape notes, dark fruits, and some piney bitterness. PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle at EBT2 2013. Shared with Mathieu87 and Joris.
APPEARANCE: black beer, nice stable beige head.
NOSE: vanilla, coffee, some bitterness, little white wine notes, quite boozy.
TASTE: vanilla, some hops, wood, some wine.
Very good balanced, best Black IPA I ever tasted. BeerGolem (829) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
Pours dark brown. Good lacing. Aroma: torefied malt, dark fruits, citrus, barley, hops. Taste: Torefied malt, wine acidity, sweetness, barley. Medium bodied beer. Alcohol is well hidden. Oily texture. Really good, but hard to tell if it is on style. The sweetness and the colour reminds us of a sweet stout. High sweetness gives it a low medium drinkability egajdzis (6626) - 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. Strykzone (7430) - 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.