arminjewell (9676) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks to Steve for the pour! Dark brownish black with tan head, aroma has notes of pine, grass, orange, some lemon, grass notes, hints of some slight oak, touch of slight grape notes. Taste is a nice mix of grass, pine, bready caramel notes, hints of orange, some nice oak, grape mixes with fruit, hints of roast, finishing fairly roasted, fruity and slightly oaky. I like this. Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle at home with friends. Pitch black in appearance with a small khaki head and great lacing. Smell is very hop forward with aromas of grapefruit, wine notes, tannin, light char, and grass. Smoke, tobacco, light grapefruit, graham crackers, and dark fruit with a lightly bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well and really easy to drink. nimbleprop (8383) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Oily opaque black with some tan head. Nose of coffee, hop pellets, very dank, chocolate, earthy, wet soil. Flavor is even better, sweet, chocolate, pine, grapes, earthy, coffee grounds, dried lemon peel. Full bodied, earthy finish. A little hot. Really earthy. For those who don’t think black IPAs work, you have to try this. Plenty of coffee/porter flavor and plenty of citrus/IPA flavors. Excellent. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
In short: An original, hoppy and very oaky big black beer.jbeatty (1248) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2013
How: Bottle 500ml. First and only batch so far. Twice. This rating for a bottle consumed 4 months after the beer release.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with good retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Interesting nose blending dark berries, soft liquorice candy, mild vinous oak presence, subtle piney hops. The base beer (Society and Solitude #2) is unrecognizable yet the aroma is really not overwhelmed by the barrels, it’s entirely a new beer. Taste is dark berries jam swimming in bittersweet chocolate, some black liquorice, earthy notes, burnt molasses, unexpected black pepper sensation, some piney hops resin, a whole lot of oak tannins, a bit of booze. The finish is very harsh (burning sensation) with the astringent oak tannins raking back of the mouth along with some hops resin and some booze. A smoother carbonation would have been more appropriate. Very good big beer, an original creation that defies style classification and offers lots of complexity, yet I found it a bit too harsh and not quite up to my expectations from this great brewery. This is my 5500th rating, what an achievement, but let’s be honest, we the top-100 raters on ratebeer are collectively one big argument against the theory of evolution.
Bottle, reviewed 06/10/2013, thanks to Mac! Pours dark brown, near black, thin white creamy head, dies to a nice foamy surface slick, sticky spotty lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, piney haze, vinous roasty finish, almost juicy, sangria-like. Taste is soft, roasted malts and coffee, piney hops, slight sweetness with a bit of wood. Body is soft, creamy palate, typical Hill Farmstead. Really nice, the wine notes add a different dimension to this style.
JorisPPattyn (10005) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2013
Good tan/brown head over virtually black beer; shards of lace. Chocolate, sweet liquorice, garden herbs and leaves. Stout-like taste, littel impact of the hops; again liquorice & chocolate. Finish yields the barrel-aging, even Bourbon (rather than wine), and a light, refreshing acidity. Rich MF, alleviated by fine CO² pearling. Rich for its purpose, barrel aging has done a world of good. Thanks to the kind donator! cubs (10636) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle @ Stephen’s house, courtesy of Stephen. Deep brown appearance with a dark brown head. Tangy, lightly vinous, mild berry, roasty malty, light chocolate, piney, a bit earthy aroma. A touch tart, slightly burnt chocolate malty, mild vanilla, somewhat fruity, earthy flavor with a somewhat bitter, vinous finish. pushkinwow (2793) - Ottawa, CANADA - OCT 13, 2012
500ml bottle from Tom10101. Dark brown with a slight red hue and a dark biege head that fades to nothing unless you want to swirl it around. Lots of resin with light citrus hops, oak and some smoke, tannins, roasted malts. Moderate to low carbonation, moderate to full body, somewhat sweet with an intense bitterness underneath, becomes dry and some alcohol with tannins. j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Dany that I shared with Andy, Max, and Pearl prior to our trip to the Hill Anniversary. Pours a deep black with a thin beige head. A touch of wood and smoke, hints of roast and cocoa, light dusty old hops. Caramel, roast and cocoa. Perhaps a bit more age on this than it should have, but I felt I needed to save it for friends, so that’s my fault. Though, maybe it’s one of those things that just changes in strange and unexpected ways. Who can say. The wine barrel does start to come through about midway, getting a touch vinous and woody. Warming alcohol and big heavy roast comes through toward the end. I’d be interested in trying a very fresh bottle of this (though with the barrel aging on a black ipa I’m not sure hop the hops would translate anyway). skrip (190) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017
500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.
A~ dark as night just how it should be! nice tan head with a good amount of lacing.
S~ lots of wine barrel funk, roasty dark malts, and slight citrus notes from the hops.
T~ holy shit this is nice! this is about a year old now so theres a lot more wine funk coming out and over powering the hops slightly. which i don’t mind at all, its very complex yet still very balanced if i do say so myself. bitter chocolate and roasty malts up front. followed by some nice, what seems like simcoe hop bitterness and a tiny bit of coffee. lots of red wine funk on the finish that just keeps on giving! the after taste lingers for a while, like a tart glass of red wine.
M~ smooth and thick! pretty syrupy, with medium carbonation.
O~ one of my favorite black ales for sure! not saying much caused it was aged in wine barrels. i love everything in a wine barrel put some prune juice in a wine barrel and hell, i’ll drink it haha. i would really like to try Jim to see how it is before the funk. so you know... ISO!