Marheb (6363) - MontrÃ©al, Quebec, CANADA - 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 (3746) - 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 (3437) - 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 (3744) - 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. berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2013
750 growler from HFS. Poured deep brown/black with 2 finger pillowy head, good retention and lacing. Medium full body, low carbonation. With the amount of hops and 9.5 abv can’t believe how smooth the taste is, great mouth feel.
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 18, 2013
A - pours dark cola brown with 1 finger tan right bubbled head. S - strong dank hops up front. Resin, pine and light soap. Nice transition to darker malts. Cola, molasses, Chocolate, toasted malts and vegetal malts. Peppery notes, with citrus and misty barn. M - medium body with high carb. Dry and lightly bitter. Lingering malt and bitter. T - resin, soap and grassy hops up front. Vegetal malts, caramel malts, floral notes. Hints of pepper and bitter chocolate. Lingering bitter malts. As it warms up it becomes more of a porter. O - balanced dark malts and dank hops. Nice imperial black. 3.7 AirForceHops (8422) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 15, 2013
750 ml growler from HFS. Black color thin head. Nose is great mix of Simcoe, Chinook and even a mild bright citrus note. Flavor is a blend of cedar wood, pine cones, charred malt with light tones of chocolate. Carbonation gives a pleasant tingle on the tongue. This drinks like a 6% brew, never would have guessed it was 9.5!!
I personally am not a huge fan of pine hops but... This is a truly tasty with a deep complexity of hop varieties. Wonderful Black IPA! jkwood04 (5483) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 8, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2015 Sampled at the brewery. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of dark malts, a lot of floral and citrusy hops, and some light roasted notes. Flavor the same. Smooth texture. A great beer. Edit : On Tap At Parker pie. Flavor the same as before with a strong hoppiness. So good. yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Imperial James you say? Yes, please. 750 mL growler muled by starrdog and raveskdr.
Pours a dark mocha brown, near black with a thick, dense dark tan head. Long lasting retention and thick sheets of lace. Deep, complex aroma of roast malt, caramel, dark fruit and pine hops. Minimal traces of alcohol and great balance. Smooth, medium thick body with light carbonation and a sweet, sticky finish. Strong roast malt presence with some dark chocolate sweetness balanced by a strong pine and resin hop presence. Delicous. So, I normally don’t like Black IPAs, but... I liked this. Thanks to me for opening this. Huhzubendah (3781) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2012
On draft at Hill Farmstead today.
The beer is near black with a thick, brown head. The aroma offers the best balance of pine and roast I have yet encountered in a beer of this ilk. The flavor is fabulous. A beautiful marriage of pine and roast. Additional notes of chocolate and citrus. Lovely malt body. Medium bodied and easy to drink too quickly. Alcohol content gracefully hidden. Typically not my favorite style, but this one delivered. Another terrific beer from Shaun and Hill Farmstead. Reviewed on 7-14-2012