Stine (1779) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Tap at Positive Pie Montpelier. Fleeting aroma of red fruits, melon and roasted bitterness. Vaguely salty.
bytemesis (8236) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Doughy, flavorful dark malts mix nicely with a bright citric hoppiness to nearly nail the stylistic profile. Hints of sherry and soy muck it up, vaguely.
Thin palate is too clean. While this allows for a pleasantly crisp, dry finish, the middle carries too little weight. They can’t all be gems can they. It’s actually sort of reassuring.
Growler thanks to Dee. Pours opaque black with a large creamy tan head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus, pine , roasted malts, but pretty light overall. Flavor is the same, a bit minerally, light sweet, light plus bitter. Medium body, soft, creamy mouthfeel typical of HF beers. Little warming from the 9.5% ABV, which is somewhat impressive. This one hits all the notes, is obviously well crafted, but just doesn’t come together enough to stand out in my mind. barn0216 (545) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Very dark, tiny layer of foam. Fragrant aroma, unfortunately i think my glass still has remnants of the last beer because i am having a hard time picking specific characteristics. Flavor is easier. Mildly hoppy, not picking up any of the darkness though. Meh. jbeatty (1247) - New York, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Tap at Prohibition Pig, 07/26/2013. Pours black, creamy light tan head rests like a pillow on the surface. Aroma is fleshy grapefruit, tangerine and light cantaloupe, soft chocolate coffee in the middle, dry roast finish. Taste is a brief citrus burst before bitter piney hops, dark chocolate, toffee and sweet licorice, strong espresso roast in a long bitter finish- great balance. Medium heavy body, yet nearly creamy. Excellent. Jool (198) - - JUL 23, 2013
Growler 750 mL. Noire, sans grande surprise. Notes de grains rotis et d’agrumes au nez et en bouche. La bouche est soyeuse et l’alcool n’est pas perceptible. Probablement le plus bel exemple du style que j’ai pu goûter.
czar (8996) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2013
growler. pours very dark brown with a very nice frothy beige head, good retention and lacing. big juicy fresh citrus and resin collide with nicely roasted chocolate and lightly smoked malts, bit of licorice and dirt, some leather notes too. hint of sweetness. moderate and subtle carbonation, medium body - oily, very nice lightly piney and citrusy short to medium long finish. balanced - how rare is it for a near 10% beer? insanely drinkable imperial bipa. Marheb (5717) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Échantillonnée d’un marathon de dégustation: Nez extrêmement vert et résineux, corps parfaitement velouté à la HF et les conifères explosent en bouche avec une amertume qui fascine par sa justesse. Grande bière dans un style que je trouve rarement exceptionnel. 50belair (3617) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Growler shared by Colin. Dark brown pour with a mocha head. Grapefruit hop aromas. Grapefruit hop notes with a subtle roasted malt undercurrent. Good mouthfeel and body. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Growler from HF. Pours black with a tannish head. Nose is piney and resiny, low citrus and some celery seed noted. Faint roast and caramel. Clean with notes of ethanol. On tasting, big bitterness and low sweetness. The roast is a bit strong overall. Resiny hop flavor. Some grainy bitterness and an ashy finish. Good but not top shelf. Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2013 Swing-top growler at the parentals, shared with my Dad. Pour is pitch black - a few floaters - with a huge brown head and great lacing. HF beers always have amazing head retention. Big roasty, juicy hops, burnt malty, cocoa, piney, somewhat resinous, bready, vanilla, graham crackers, grassy, and woody aroma. Taste is rich dark chocolate, dank piney, weedy, roasty, sweet vanilla, grapefruity, fresh spruce needles, and graham crackers with a medium bitter finish. Creamy/slick mouthfeel with medium-to-soft carbonation. Rich, hoppy, well-balanced and tasty beer. Easily one of the best, if not the best, Black IPAs I have ever had.