Society & Solitude #2 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Society & Solitude #2
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228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.85%
Wants: 54
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Black IPA

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-12-2012)
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of mklisz
3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloyingly bitter for a beer by this brewery. Not an enjoyable drinking experience.

Photo of huskermike12
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Shilt
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of HookemHoos
3.56/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of earljones199
3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emottram
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bonbini26
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of jmilo64
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of afrokaze
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of cadaugherty
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Sean802
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Urbancaver
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Their self-capping bottle, re: half a growler. Very floral.A big roast, and also big citrus hops. The two are too much. Less hop kick may have been better and improved drinkability. Looks great at black body.Fuller mouthfeel.Suitable carbonation.Some burnt bits.

Photo of Roguer
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quick notes:

Beautiful black beer, clear at the absolute edges. Great head retention.

Aroma is a nice blend of hops and roasted malts. Flavor hits a poor spot for me: oddly heavy on liquorice notes, giving it an off kind of sweetness that stood out too much.

Least impressive mouthfeel I've ever had from HF, as well. The 9.5% is not particularly well hidden at all; you can feel every bit of it. Detracts from that normal creaminess HF has mastered.

Photo of NuclearRich
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL growler purchased at the brewery 6/5/13 and poured into a HF snifter on 6/7.

A. Pitch black with a tan head that is solid and fairly lasting. Leaves subtle lace.

S. Black malt. Roasted aroma, pretty basic. Faint pine, coffee bean, toffee. Would like a little more floral hop aroma here.

T. Black bitterness up front, starting with an almost burnt quality, leading to a pine like hop bite. Nice flavor.

M. Medium bodied. Bitterness lends the carbonation an extra bite.

O. Solid for the style. A tad heavy on the bitter black malt, and could use a touch more hop aroma. I guess I'm being picky, but this is Hill Farmstead! It's got a reputation and a standard.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark black with a small one finger dark brown head. Nose is hoppy and rich, really nice.

Taste is well balanced, bitter but it doesn't have that astringency I often find in black IPAs, really rich and it has a nice dry finish. Overall it's really good!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body with a nice khaki head. Almost mocha. Great retention and lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit citrus hops. Resiny pine too. Deep roast. Dark chocolate, but it's secondary.

Taste - More of a blend between the hops and dark malts. Bright citrus up front. Chocolate and some sweetness. Bitter. Dry and resiny hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, maybe too heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's a very good black IPA, which isn't an easy style. Even the best aren't great.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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Society & Solitude #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.