Society & Solitude #2 - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.03/5 rDev -7.4%
Growler from gn0sis. Thanks.
Appearance: Black as pitch, and surprisingly viscous. A dark tan head retains well.
Smell: Citrus and char, orange and chocolate. Resinous, pine-like hop notes pop out as it warms up. Hints of lime.
Palate: Chocolate covered oranges. Pine, bitter herbs, a touch of burnt malt. Pretty thick body - drinks more like a hoppy stout than a DIPA. Resinous, bitter finish with an additional kick from roasted malts.
Overall: Not what I was expecting, but really enjoyable. Something of an imperial stout/DIPA hybrid.
05-03-2012 22:36:16 | More by largadeer
4.05/5 rDev -6.9%
On Tap at Teresa's Next Door.
In the Tulip, Solitude two looks very black, An American Black Ale actually, whatever that is? Im not the biggest fan of the style, I don't see it's purpose, if I wanted a high ABV hoppy porter, i would get one.
Either way this one is black with a nice amount of firm dark tan head gracing the top and leaving some notches on the way down. The nose smells great, rich and fresh with big pine bursting, nice grapefruit notes with some florals poking out with warming. A nice roast lingers in the background, where it's usually the other way around. Society two tastes like it should, hoppy, malty, roasty and flavorful with a nearing ten percent ABV. A nice mix of pine with some grapefruit and other light tropics. The maltiness increases as the temp does so cold is the way to go, if your looking for the hops. Hits of roast with light tootsie roll and cocco. Feel is a strong medium with a big bitter hit followed by some soothing malt. It's big beer, I am not going to lie. A lot going on at once. If you close your eyes, you would think this is an DIPA up front, but that black ale portion comes through just as quick and turns the table. A glass will do for me.
06-12-2012 03:50:05 | More by BARFLYB
4.1/5 rDev -5.7%
From 02/25/12 notes. Again, big thanks to yourgrafile for sharing this one.
a - Pours a very dark brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of roasted malts, citrus hops, lemon, pine hops, light chocolate, and light floral hops. A very nice mix of fresh pine hops and roasted malts, really good.
t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, toasted malts, pine hops, and light citrus hops. Still very nice, but the hops don't come through quite as much as the nose.
m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No bitterness, pretty easy to drink. Couldn't believe it's 9.5% ABV.
o - Overall a very good beer. Loved the nose as I thought the hops and roasted qualities mixed together very well. Would like to have it again.
02-27-2012 15:41:14 | More by mdfb79
4.13/5 rDev -5.1%
Reviewing the Solitude & Society #2 from the Hill Farmstead Brewery.
Three week old 750 ml growler served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 04/09/12. Review is from notes.
Appearance: Pours a pitch black, essentially opaque, color with two fingers of foamy tan head that settles to a ring around the glass and foggy cap. Amazing lacing and retention. 4.5/5
Smell: Roasted chocolate, lemon zest, grapefruit, orange rind and pine sap. There is a light amount of oak as well behind the juicy tropical citrus aromas. 4.5/5
Taste: Roasted chocolate malt, zesty tropical citrus and extra sticky and resiny pine sap. There is a heavy and lingering hops bitterness present. The finish is a little chocolate-y. Loads of hops to boot, with a growingly bitter finish as the beer layers on the tongue. 4/5
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied with carbonation on the higher end of medium. Oily mouthfeel. Dry and bitter finish. 4/5
Overall: One of the better black IPA on the market.
Recommendation: Fans of black IPA should seek this one out. Haters of black IPA should seek a bottle of this out too, if only to demonstrate that the style has it's highlights.
Cost: $10 for a 750 ml growler or $18 for a 2 liter growler (plus the deposit).
05-28-2012 21:22:31 | More by jegross2
Society & Solitude #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.