beskid (565) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 17, 2018
Growler from HF. Aroma is pine tree, pine tree, pine tree, herbs, roast. Medium body, kind of dry, some roast, lots of pine tree notes. Best black IPA, but this style cannot really bring much. AleRider78 (1713) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2018
Thanks to Metalchopz for the can, picked up at the brewery. Pours a fairly big frothy tan head and has a dark brown appearance. Thick dirty lacing. Aromas of toasted malts, resin and herbal hops. Flavours are on the hoppy side, lots of earthy and herbal notes. Subtle fruit notes. Some sweetness but much bitterness in the finish. Has a dry and crisp mouthfeel. A high abv but not too overpowering and still pretty easy going down. Good stuff! bookman10 (1413) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2018
Pours a dark, cola-black, with middling, tan head. Aroma of burnt toast, coffee, chocolate, hop-pine, citrus. Flavors include roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, leather, some citrus, and pine/spruce hoppiness. It's a good black IPA. Is it the best I've ever tried? No. skrip (230) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017
750ml growler poured into a Three Floyds Teku.
A~ extremely black, huge tanish head, and lots of beautiful lacing.
S~ dark roasty malts, a good amount of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, earthy pine, and some citrus from the abundance of hops.
T~ pretty straight forward, just like the nose. a little more bitterness here as to be expected. i love how much coffee flavor comes out. theres also a little tart toffee on the finish, which is a really nice surprise.
M~ extremely well carbonated, very smooth and sort of has a stout feel. well rounded and crazy enjoyable on a hot day like today.
O~ i’m very impressed by this black IPA, its one of my favorite styles and not too many brewers do them... right! super well balanced, the coffee aspect seems to push this one over the top for me. definitely one of those must try HF’s! ClarkVV (7294) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2017 750mL growler filled 12/17 and drunk 12/19/16.
Chalumeaux (1993) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Dark cocoa-ebony body is of indeterminable clarity. Topped by a large, dense, light-tan head with strong retention. Looks perfect.
The nose is very aromatic, with just the right amount of dark malt character (which to say, is very light, as it should be). Hops are incredibly juicy, showing pine, guava, lime, mango and ruby red grapefruit. They assert themselves through the dark malts and the end result is a very lightly roasty, juicy, spicy, floral, highly fragrant nose with no alcohol or flaw.
And so it goes in the mouth, with a supple, even slightly sticky texture full of a hint of molasses, treacle and mild, fruity coffee and just full-on juicy, lovely, bright hop notes. Pine and grapefruit, but none of the unwanted aspects that are usually associated with that (heavy resin, overdone bitterness, astringency). Ultra-tight carbonation and a soft texture, with appropriate attenuation leaving the beer dry but not too much so.
Again just in awe of Shaun’s beers. This is a style I actively don’t like and here it’s absolutely delicious and compelling....
Poured from growler thanks HeatherB cola color with a nice mocha head. Aromas of light roast some hops citrus and pineapple. Taste is sweet malt coffee chocolate and nice balanced pine finish. WillRunForBeer (2823) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2017
750ml growler shared by HeatherB. Thanks, Heather! Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark malts, roast, pine, grapefruit. Flavor is chocolate, roast, pine. A hint of grapefruit citrus in the finish. dnstone (4174) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2016
Pours a deep brown-black color with a soft off-white head. A blend of chocolate and hop aroma. This beer is incredibly soft of the palate but the flavors a intense; well roasted then intense hoppy-piney character takes over and lingers forever.
Notes: On tap at the brewery, Dec ’16 visit callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Black body, with a large light tan head, and super dense lacing. Shows some dank tropical notes, pine, fresh roast coffee, baker’s chocolate, light caramel and a healthy dose of earth. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation, assertive, refreshing bitterness. Dialed in. skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Pours black with a one finger tan head with amazing lacing. Aroma is of citrus, tropical fruits, dank hops, grassy hops, and some light coco. Taste is similar to the aroma with the addition of some roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and sweet malts. Has a medium-full body with a super creamy mouthfeel and a semi-moderately bitter, long, lingering finish. Overall, a amazing, worldclass beer that is probably the best of the style