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. 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 (7540) - 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 (5452) - 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. AcctError96987 (3722) - 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 corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Draft at The Boilermaker in Philadelphia, PA.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Sweet and roasted malt aroma with some piney, grassy notes. Malts dominate he nose but hops shine as it warns with subtle citrus, dank buds, pine needle and grass. Roasted dark malt character with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, toffee and coffee bean.
Medium bodied with an explosion of dank, piney hops that linger over the sweet and roasted malt notes into a dry finish. Finally a black ipa that’s hoppy enough. Dry, dank and bitter with subtle citrus sweetness cutting through. Underneath, there is some roasted dark malt for balance with sweet and dark chocolate, oatmeal, caramel and toffee. Really nice beer.
TaktikMTL (7874) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de céramique, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de pamplemousse et de pins. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de pamplemousse et de céréales torréfiées. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #4289) Keyes88 (60) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Had on tap at the Boilmaker while sitting next to Shaun himself! It was dark in the bar but I'm assuming this is near black in color. Pour with a tan head. aroma is of roasted malts mixed with grapefruit and grassy hop notes. Has a mixed flavor that blends a coffee, piney abd citrus flavor profile. Well balanced and an amazing presentation of the style.
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