Fred82 (2315) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2012
750ml bottle at a tasting.cfrancis (3407) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
Appearance : Deep black with small head.
Aroma : Resinous hops with light chocolate and pine.
Taste : Resinous with citrusy hops. Great chocolate. Finish is citrusy and resinous. Light chocolate and light coffee as well.
Overall : Very nice, fairly well balanced. Nice malt with nice hops. Great dry and sharp finish. Really nice. Kept it’s balance even with all this hops.
Awesome beer. Pours black with a brown top. Aroma is almost all hops, So fresh! Roasted malt fills the nose with a great balance of aroma. Taste has big roasted notes of malt and dark chocolate but the fresh pine hop flavouring is amazing. Best black IPA I’ve ever had. dmac (6203) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Swingcap growler from the brewery shared by Scott. Poured a super deep dark blackish/brown body with a smaller tight foamy beige head. Aroma is very earthy with some dark chocolate and well done toast along side lots of grapefruit citrus. Fuler bodied with an almost creamy feel and softer carbonation. Flavor of earth, hint of chocolate, lots of orange and grapefruit meat and rind, toast and brown bread. Once again another amazing beer from HF. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Pours dark unclear black with a small tan head. The aroma is light sprucey hops. The flavor of licorice for sure comes in pungently with the roasted malt and hop profile in the background waning patiently and nicely to settle well on the palate. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2012
750ml growler. Black as midnight when its really black out and no lights around to not let is be really black. Large tan head and lots of lace throughout. Nose is pretty fantastic. Intense. clean, tropical fruits, with a perfect layer of roast beneath. Wow, this shit goes down so easy and it’s creamy as can be. Really fun to drink. This drinks like a 5% beer. Its kinda ridiculous.
Lubiere (13780) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2012
A deep dark IPA with a super thick creamy lacing dark brown head. In aroma, a beautiful complex catnip and piney hops, orange pulp, meaty, complex. In mouth, a smooth licorice chocolate malt with loads and resinous hops, catnip, flowers, wonderful black IPA. On tap at the brewery, March 12, 2012. probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2012
Sample at pushkinwow’s Beer Geek Extravaganza. 24MR12. radagast83 (8006) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2012
App.: Deep brown-black with a small tan head.
Aroma: Raw C-hops, wow!, so raw, tons of line and citrus, unreal how much hops there is, some malt support but...who cares??
Palate: Medium body, relaxed effervescence.
Flav.: So much raw, sulfurous, citrus, pine hops, unreal (again!), sufficient malt support, oily, thick, rich, off-dry and fairly bitter, so smooth.
raveskdr was nice enough to get me a growler that we ended up splitting about two weeks after purchasing. Poured a near pitch-black color with a medium sized tan head. Aroma was pine, roasted and toasted malts. Flavor was chocolate roasted notes, great deal of pine. Best balanced "Black IPA" that I’ve ever had. orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2012 Served on-tap at Shady McGrady’s on St. Patty’s day during the charity brunch.
A - Pours deep dark brown, bordering on black, with a nice one finger tall khaki colored head leaving small rings of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of dark roasted malt, fresh cut pine, chocolate, citric hops and a light herbal quality. Good balance of aromas from start to finish.
T - Starts off with a big dose of dark roasted malt and some dulled chocolaty sweetness slowly giving way to a mix of pungent citric hops and some fresh pine needles. Finish is a mix of dark roast and hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.
M - Smooth body and strong flavors with moderate carbonation. Lots of roast and hop bitterness throughout. The balance of dark flavors to hops is very well done, unlike some of the other examples of this style I have tried.
O - I don’t really like the style but this is probably the best black ale I have ever had. The huge amount of hops really held up well with all that darkness surrounding it. Awesome stuff yet again from HF. MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts and citrusy hop resins coalesce in this harmonious, balanced Imperial Black IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the blackness.
-Roasted malts ramify into dark chocolate and coffee flavors.
-As always for Hill Farmstead, the soft, natural carbonation and lean residual sugars create a very comfortable mouthfeel.
-Hop resins emulate pine needles at times.
-That hop aroma is something else. Leafy, resinous, coniferous, citrusy, etc.