MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 My Bottom Line:egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2012
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.
Nearly opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, roasted malts, some toast, light chocolate, citrus fruits, and floral hops. Taste of pine, roast, chocolate, citrus, light tobacco, and grapefruit with a hoppy finish. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 7, 2012
750 ml "growler" fill. Pours a deep black with a large creamy/foamy light tan head that left sticky lacing. Aroma of a handful of citrusy and floral American hops. Hints of toasted and lightly roasted malt, some caramel and chocolate. The hops dominate the nose and are rather impressive. Flavor of pine, grapefruit and floral hop notes. Again the hops dominate the flavor, but in a very good way. This beer some some roasted/toasted and chocolate malt notes. As with all the hoppy Hill Farmstead beers the hop bitterness is there, but not astringent or over the top aggressive. Nice, dry finish and the 9.5% abv is not detected at all. Well done! Wish I had a full growler of this! Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2012
Growler, with Kris and Scott: Thanks to Dany and Scott. They know why! Pours clear black; thick toasty-tan head, quite persistent, great lacing. Nose is ultra-dank, super spicy and tropical hop notes, with some light roast, but the hops steal the show here. Flavours of tropical fruit, creamy coffee, grass. Just brilliant stuff, for a style I generally hate... AdamChandler (5206) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Picked this up two days ago in a 750ml growler. Poured into a Hill FarmStead tall glass. I had been storing the 750 in the fridge so it’s pouring at about 40 degrees F. Nothing beats remarkably fresh HFS beers.
Ontbeertaster (3208) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
A - Poured a chocolate colored 2 finger head that subsided over the course of about 4 minutes with a nice creamy lacing around the edges of the glass. The brew itself is a solid black color but while pouring, you get the amber and brown color. In the glass, it’s pitch black throughout.
S - I’m getting a very pleasant balance of citra hops, grapefruit, pine and some woodiness. Maybe some smoked malts but it’s very muted and almost impossible to pick out.
T - Wow. This is absolutely delicious. A terrific balance of aromatic hops that light up the taste buds and solid malts that go down impossibly smooth. Holy moly. I’m getting some floral and a bit of spice in the aftertaste.
M - A solid 90% carbonation on a single mouth swish. It’s a solid medium bodied beer with a smoked malt and hop linger that sticks around for a very long time.
O - Terrific and solid. What an incredibly drinkable beer on a Sunday afternoon.
Pours a pitch black, tan head, very citrusy and grassy aroma, lots of life to this one, really great body and a very nice finish, a good bitterness and a solid brew drunkenpolack (322) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
S&S2 pours a pitch black color. Nice frothy tan head is poured. Good retention. Lacing all throughout the glass. Looks really nice being poured in the glass. Looks thick.
Aroma on this one is really nice and big. Being a Black IPA or whatever you want to call the style I was expecting more roastiness here but it was definitely a nicely hopped aroma more than anything. Grapefruit, citrus, pine, floral hoppiness. Slight roastiness here.
Taste is just more of the same. Big piney hops, bitter grapefruit and citrus. I’m just really really impressed on how hoppy this Black IPA is. It’s just big and fresh. I picked up some more roastiness in this one with a slight bit of chocolate. Nice bitter grapefruit taste left on the palette.
Mouthfeel is pretty damn nice on this beer. Full, creamy, heavy bodied. Awesome! piscator34 (2673) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 29, 2012
Growler sample via oakbluff. Consumed with Savvy1982 and oakbluff. Near black in colour with medium carbonation. Huge hoppy nose, with elements of grasses, tropical fruit and dank basement, along with notes of roasted malt and dark roasted oily coffee bean. In the mouth the pale, cara, and rosted malts provide a nice backdrop to the dank hop explosion. Solid roast and hop bitterness on the finish. Remarkable stuff. eshepski41 (20) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Pours a deep dark amber, basically black when not up to light with tan head. Smells very roasty with a lot of hops and tastes the same with some coffee notes and maybe some slight bitter chocolate. Finishes very nicely with a mix of hops and maltiness. Quite excellent. reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Growler from shan and isaac...Pours black with a creamy medium tan head...nice bottom up slow forming...good retention. Aroma is hoppy...nice citrus with light spice and pine...underlying coffee and charred wood. Flavor is super roasty and charred with some coffee and balanced with lots of bitter, spicy/piney hops. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a burnt, bitter finish...awesome beer!