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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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The second in our series of experimental Imperial IPAs Release #2 is essentially an Imperial version of James, our Black IPA. Brewed with buckets full (literally) of Simcoe and Columbus hops, in the kettle and, as dry hops, in the fermenter. This Imperial Black IPA heavily, heavily hopped

ABV may vary. Prior versions @ 8%

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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - 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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (2472) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2017
750ml growler shared by HeatherB. Thanks, Heather! Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark malts, roast, pine, grapefruit. Flavor is chocolate, roast, pine. A hint of grapefruit citrus in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mr_Abner (347) - Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Growler. Pours black with a one inch, fluffy, khaki head. Aroma is dominated by hops upon the pour. Tropical fruit, some dankness, roasted malts becoming more apparent once the head dissipates. Messy lacing left behind. A medium, pronounced bitterness. Taste is not overly saturated with roasted malts. They are light, flavor hops being more forward, though the "roastiness" sticks around in the finish. Medium to medium+ bodied; average carbonation. Texture is a touch creamy. Bitter finish... Excellent. Just might be my favorite example of the style.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thepatrickman (1074) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 8, 2016
My initial impression was to call this "balanced" and Im surprised to read the commercial deScription and see how many hops they threw into this one. Black IPAs are challenging, and Ive only ever had a few good ones. This one is definitely one of the good ones. Theres some roasted flavor from the malt, but not too much that it becomes a hoppy stout. The color is pitch black, but theres no acidity or sourness from the dark malts. Theres a fair amount of resiny / piney / grapefruity hop flavor, but its not overpowering. Surprisingly restrained, very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
callmemickey (4381) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Black body, with a large light tan head, and super dense lacing. Shows some dank tropical notes, pine, fresh roast coffee, bakers chocolate, light caramel and a healthy dose of earth. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation, assertive, refreshing bitterness. Dialed in.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2966) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Black pour with a thin khaki head and lots of sticky lacing .... Aroma of piney hops, chocolate, roasted malts and citrusy hops very nice balanced aroma .... Taste is powerful and like someone shot hop oils in this brew ... Piney, citrusy with notes of roasted and chocolate malts on the backend ..... Finish is very dry and piney with a lingering hop oil bite ..... Has some fruity qualities to it .... Mouthfeel is heavy and very slick and oily .... Abv hidden well .... Dont believe the hype

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (1262) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Poured from growler thanks HeatherB cola color with a nice mocha head. Aromas of light roast some hops citrus and pineapple. Taste is sweet malt coffee chocolate and nice balanced pine finish.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
skmikeg (1822) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Pours black with a one finger tan head with amazing lacing. Aroma is of citrus, tropical fruits, dank hops, grassy hops, and some light coco. Taste is similar to the aroma with the addition of some roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and sweet malts. Has a medium-full body with a super creamy mouthfeel and a semi-moderately bitter, long, lingering finish. Overall, a amazing, worldclass beer that is probably the best of the style

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stoned99 (1419) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2016
750 growler bought at HF 2 days ago. Didn?t even check what kind of beer it was, only thing I knew was thatI had never drank it before. Anyway. Aroma: great citrus, pineapples, chocolate and roasted mix. This is really fruity forward rather than roasted which is what I like in Black IPA?s. app: Really dark, almost pitch black, medium moka head that stays for a while and leaves some beautiful lacing on my glass. Don?t think a BIPA can look better than that. Taste and palate: medium body, smooth, really smooth, which I find rare in BIPA?s, fruity with this nice roasted and bitter finish. Overall: This is really well done. I used to be a black IPA fan and I?m not anymore so when I realized after pouring that it would be a BIPA I was a bit disappointed at my choice but after smelling it, I knew I would really enjoy it. This is how all BIPA should be. Great job HF.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2812) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 27, 2016
Pours a deep brown-black color with a soft off-white head. A blend of chocolate and hop aroma. This beer is incredibly soft of the palate but the flavors a intense; well roasted then intense hoppy-piney character takes over and lingers forever. Notes: On tap at the brewery, Dec 16 visit

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (2934) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Poured from a 750 flip-top growler shared by Gus. Thanks! The pour is a light black with a couple hints of dark garnet and a nice dense creamy head with some good lacing. The aroma is great. A light roast and a ton of hops. It's even got a juicy zest behind the hops. It's a beautiful smell of an IPA. The flavor is a little more reserved. There is a nice hoppy bitterness and a light roast. The mouth feel is a little thick and carries a surprisingly velvety carbonation and a lingeringly fruity and roasty aftertaste. This is is spectacular. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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