Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Growler courtesy of yourefragile, and thanks to starrdogg for the assist. Sved in a mini snifter because all my Hill Farmstead glasses are packed. Moving sucks.
Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head and plenty of spotty lacing on the way down. The dose has a good dose of roast along with a bit of pine. Very complex and integrated. Flavor has great roasted malt and a nice hop complexity. Some pine and resin and slightly dank. Medium body with a dry, bitter finish. Really great. mcberko (18060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
750mL growler, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany!), pours a dark brown / black with a small beige head. Aroma is intensely hoppy with citrus and piney hops, roasted caramel malts, and notes of spruce. Flavour of citrus hops, loads of wood, spruce and pine needles, with lightly roasted malts and earthy notes. Medium-to-high bitterness on the finish with lots of the earthy / spruce notes being emphasized. Delicious beer. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Swing top Bottle, thanks Kan. Pours black with off white head. Aroma has big pine and citrus, some spruce too. Flavors are big and sprucey, caramel malt notes. Nice and hoppy really tasty and easy drinking. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
750ml growler. Courtesy of a recent trade... Pours a deeper shade of porterish dark brown with less intense edges and topped with a creamy light beige head that eventually leaves a thin film... Aroma of clean fresh green piney citrusy, fairly robust with a fair roasted malt backbone. The hops absolutely take precedence and even grow as it warms... Flavors are once again are hop forward with a piney citrus focus with more of an emphasis in the former. Semi-sweet through the middle but then leaves an earthy tinged bitterness on the palate. Full bodied, almost thick and completely filling. deyholla (11718) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Fliptop shared by Kan. Pours near black with a grayish brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a light pine note with roasted malts and dark grains as well as a hint of sweetness. Flavor has a good amount of dark grains with light pine and some sweetness.
Roonai (305) - - FEB 25, 2012
Swingtop shared by kan, thanks! P is dark mahogany with a thin white head that dissipated and no lacing. nose is loaded w hops and a unique yeasty malt back offering a more earthy base. Taste is similar, mixing a strong bitter hop w a subtle chocolate back. hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2012
750 growler pour from the brewery. Pitch black with a heavy tan head. Nice bitterness. Packs a kick. Hoppy and full flavored. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Thanks to oteyj for bringing a growler of this home!! Black pour with touches of brown on the edges and a thick, foamy head. The nose holds amazing notes of scallion, hemlock, loam, hot manure and mulch, and almost the exact smell of a cedar closet. Touches of espresso grounds compliment the hop profile nicely. The flavor is excellent; the hemlock and cedar herbacious evergreen notes are complimented with increased tarragon and sage, more big flowerbed and bark, and awesome roasted malt. The carbonation is supple, and softens out to a luxurious chocolate and creamy finish. I loved James, but this is absolutely outstanding, even a notch above. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2012
750mL growler thanks to oteyj. Pours clear, deep Marron with thicker brown nose leaving sticky, webby lace. Nose is super meaty melon flesh, big jackfruit, big squashy hop pellet nose, earhty sweet onion. Heavier roasty and espresso character. Taste is silky, rich, nicely dark chocolate forward with very little resinous pine sap hop character. Not as abusively bitter or alpha acid lacerative as I was expecting. Thick, spicy, mega dark chocolate palate. Ends super chili pepper spicy and rich. Very good. Thankfully not as big as a hop bomb as I was expecting. More like an over hopped imperial stout. Excellent. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Black pour with a vivacious tan head, leaving excellent lacing in its wake. The nose holds earthen loam like farm notes with bakers chocolate and molasses rounding out a nice sweet roast profile. Huge roasted malt and sweet caramel lead to a massive earthen foresty hop character that finishes dank, raw, and rustic. Huge thick palate with a creamy body and a roasty finish.