Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - APR 22, 2012
Pours a thick black color with a one finger mocha head... the aromas are subtle fresh hops, chocolate and a little burnt malt as well. The flavors however are not so subtle ! Rich citrus hop flavors balanced with dark chocolate maltiness create a base for alot of complex subtleties to roll along from beginning to end. Grapefruit, pine, bitter chocolate, black coffee.....
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2012
750ml growler picked up at the brewery yesterday. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big, dry, leafy, resiny and piney citruses with a moderate roast backing. Dark chocolate malts behind the big hops with a touch of coffee coming through. Flavor is just as awesome. Tons of leafy, resiny, slightly juicy citrus pines up front as a soft chocolate malt backing comes in alongside a really nice, moderate roastiness that gives of a light coffee and tobacco note that increases towards the end. Citruses grow as well with a touch of tropical fruit before this finishes dry, leafy, piney, resiny, and roasty with a silky smooth maltiness. Lengthy aftertaste following a soft and smooth, medium body and a gentle, moderate carbonation. Overall, an excellent Black IPA. Tons of fresh, leafy, resiny citrus pines and a really nice roast backing that gives off just a touch of coffee and tobacco all balanced with a silky smooth dark chocolate malt backing. The carbonation and palate on all these Hill Farmstead beers continues to stand out and impress me. Great stuff right here. nickd717 (4645) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
Growler. Darkest brown color with a small light tan head. Great rich roasty aroma with dark chocolate, and piney hops. Complex, balanced, and insanely tasty flavor. Roasty and malty with bittersweet chocolate yet hoppy, piney, and resinous. Medium-bodied, dry and slightly palate-wrecking. Damn, this is about as good as black IPAs get. Phenomenal. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 17, 2012
750 ml growler from fbm115. Thanks! It pours very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is very fresh with lots of pine and citrus with hints of black licorice and sweet tropical fruit. The flavor is a bit fruity and sweet up front with mango and peaches followed quickly by a very spicy, piney hop bite. the finish is incredibly strong with more pine and a slight roasted malt character that is balanced perfectly with the hops. The piney/spicy/dank and roasted finish give the impression of campfire without the smoke. The mouthfeel is incredible. I can’t imagine this style getting any better. arminjewell (9584) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2012
Pour out of growler, thanks to Aaron for the pour! Dark brownish red pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of citrusy orange, lemon, going into grassy pine and slight mint, touch of roast and coffee notes. Taste is roasty and coffee, nice chocolate going into orange and lemon, some dank resinous and big pine notes, finishing fairly sweet with a clean but very hoppy finish. This is intense, and probably the most unique black IPA I’ve ever had.
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2012
Great beer! Aroma is a bit malty with hints of hops and roasted malt. Smooth texture. Malty nose with a slightly bitter finish. Roasted malt on the aftertaste. Only critique is that the maltiness is a bit pronounced on the nose. Overall superb. adnielsen (10605) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2012
Growler @ Dans house, courtesy of glouglouburp. Huge thanks! Pours a black appearance with a small tan head. Big roasty, somewhat burnt, a touch piney aroma with a touch of booze. Huge roasty, a bit charred malty, light chocolate, piney, organic hoppy flavor. Roasty aftertaste with a bit of booze. JulienHuxley (5792) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2012
750 growler, drank one week after purchase. Appearance: Beautiful black pour with thick moka head. Aroma is roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, burnt toast but also incredibly hoppy and resinous. So resinous, it smells like weed. Taste: Lots of coffee and dark malts and also very hoppy and resinous. Full bodied and lively carbonation. Didn’t suffer at all from the wait unlike Double Galaxy. I’m not a big fan of Black IPAs but I absolutely loved this. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2012
A - Pours a dark black color with just a hint of brown and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.
S - Aroma is full of pine hops and roasted chocolate malts. There is also some citrus hop alongside some lightly burnt malts.
T - Starts off with some pine hops with some deep roasted dark chocolate malts with some light bitterness. Through the middle, some more chocolate malt flavor comes through alongside some citrus hops and a touch more bitterness. The finish is a mix of chocolate malt, citrus and pine hop, some bitterness, and a touch burnt malt character.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, roasted, and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. The mix of roasted chocolate malts and hop flavors is incredible in this one. The balance here is just perfect. Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2012
750ml growler opened on April 13, 2012.
“We pray to be conventional. But the wary Heaven takes care you shall not be, if there is anything good in you.”
Pours seal brown, with a half finger of tan head, the bubbles of which sluggishly banish themselves to one side of the glass.
An artful nose of citrus, grapefruit, sweet melon, and an indescribable mulchy earthiness. More piney and cedary on the palate—as with Jim, I get some Tsuga-in-the-winter evergreen, presumably from the simcoe. Peppercorn dark chocolate malt backdrop. The hop oils give the illusion of sweetness on the late palate, but it ends with a bitter and spicy kick on the finish.
Creamy, a touch oily, with medium, medium-low carbonation.
Another beer from Shaun that asks us to reflect on its art, and the source of our pleasure. I’m not sure you can ask more from a Black IPA.