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! Marheb (5907) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Échantillonnée d’un marathon de dégustation: Nez extrêmement vert et résineux, corps parfaitement velouté à la HF et les conifères explosent en bouche avec une amertume qui fascine par sa justesse. Grande bière dans un style que je trouve rarement exceptionnel. skmikeg (1826) - 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 Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Get Shaun tested for performance enhancing drugs. Another grand slam. Watch out mark McGuire. Hf style intense hopping with a rich mouthfeel and richness. 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.
JulienHuxley (5886) - Sherbrooke, 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. 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. nickd717 (4782) - 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. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 27, 2012
750mL Bottle. Thanks for sharing Emeline. So, I’ve already writ large on this topic under Society & Solitude. These two hoppy beers have quieted me. I don’t know what to say about them. There’s no reason to talk about malt, no reason to talk about hops. One might begin to discuss the balance of water chemistry and minerals attained to showcase hops and roast malt in the way this beer does, but it kind of ruins the experience. The marriage of beer here demands and earns quietude. A quiet contemplation of how wonderful and brilliant and sunny beer can be. I see another pilgrimage in my future. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2012
In short: A decadent black malt orgy balanced by a truckload of citrusy/piney hops. Fantastic monster beer that is way too easy to drink
How: Fresh growler consumed the day of purchase
The look: Near black body topped by a medium tan head with good retention
In long: Nose is bursting with citrusy hops with some piney notes. You can smell the rich maltiness despite the intensity of the aromatic hops. This beer smells decadent and it is. Body cannot be full with a luscious tick creamy blackened malts, like a not-too-sweet black cake. Medium roast sensation, fudge chocolate, light coffee beans sensation. Very nourishing body and absolutely decadent mouthfeel. That fantastic malt backbone is complemented by the assertive hops bitterness that has a citrusy and pine needles signature. Not very resinous, the hopping is all about making this monster beer more refreshing. This Imperial Black IPA is extremely as decadent as it is easy to drink. This is the blueprint of what an extreme Imperial Black IPA should be, the execution is flawless. Maybe the best hoppy malt orgy I’ve ever had. When I drink a beer like this I feel like hugging Shaun Hill for so long that the state of Kansas would have no choice but to consider us legally married.