Society & Solitude #2 - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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3.98/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
06-25-2013 00:50:48 | More by Alieniloquium
4.51/5 rDev +3.7%
Growler from the brewery purchased on June 28 and consumed on July 2.
Poured in to HF tulip.
A - Poured dark brown and settled black with two fingers of light brown head. Great retention and lacing.
S - Bitter hop profile up front - grapefruit, pine and peach notes are evident. Some roast and chocolate aromas are also present but very much secondary.
T - Bitter up front with grapefruit, pine and some lighter tropical fruit notes coming through. A good roast profile with hints of chocolate in the background. Overall a nice balance.
M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.
07-05-2013 22:47:12 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.43/5 rDev +1.8%
Growler - Thanks to lubiere for this
Appearance - Dark brown/black colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fantastic lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, hops, chocolate, coffee, grapefruit/oranges
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of fresh hops mixed with some citrus notes and some chocolate and coffee. There is also some malts and a touch of pine. It ends with a bitter hop and sweet malt aftertaste.
Overall - Whoa.. one of the best beers I've ever had. The hops are very potent and the beer basically smells like a DIPA. I'd be more than happy if I could drink a beer like this for the rest of my life. Worth seeking out.
04-05-2012 02:25:38 | More by spinrsx
4.3/5 rDev -1.1%
Enjoyed on tap at the abbey.
A - Poured a deep dark black with a creamy one fjnger mocha head that leaves thick side lacing.
S - Lots of amazing pine and chocolate with good earthy qualities.
T - like the nose with super nice pine and chocolate with roasted malts. Deep and pleasant.
M - nice mouthfeel on this. Slightly bitter and nice carbonation.
O - Overall this was a very enjoyable beer. Good ipa notes with like chocolate and roast malts. Super crisp and refreshing.
02-10-2012 23:07:52 | More by rudzud
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
On-tap, served in a stemmed tulip
Pours an opaque black with a small mocha cap. Some sheeting lace covering the inside of the glass. Head never truly recedes, only falls to a thin layer.
The hop aroma pierces the air. A ton of pine and citrus on top of roast, dark fruit and some charcoal.
On the palate, this guy follows the nose, only with some cocoa powder. Pine an citrus rind up front with malt carrying through the middle. The finish is another rush of hops before lifting away, leaving a bitter citrus wake.
Medium body, extremely smooth. Nearly velvety, but the piney hops cut through just a tad.
I have never had James, but I have to say this is delicious. Smooth, fresh hop bite, mild bitterness. The abv is extremely well-hidden. I had no idea this was 9.5%.
02-14-2012 20:56:46 | More by ColForbinBC
4.58/5 rDev +5.3%
750ml growler into Darkness tulip.
A - Pours darker brown/nearly black color, cream-colored head, thin collar, wisps on top.
S - An excellent mix of hoppy bitterness and malty roast. The hops hit you first in the form of pine and citrus, and then that's followed up by a nice dose of roasted malty sweetness. Mostly a hop-focused nose, but there's still a nice mix of both.
T - The roasted malty sweetness shows up a little bit more on the nose, but the piney hops are very much still there. There's also some dark chocolate and citrus that's really outstanding throughout. An excellent mix of hops and malts.
M - Medium to full body, good light carbonation, creamy finish.
O - I was really impressed by this one. I don't think I've ever had an Imperial Black IPA that this kind of notes and flavors mixed together. There's no harsh char from the malts and it's not overly hopped...it's exactly what I would want from this type of beer. Simply a must-try.
02-28-2012 19:00:42 | More by Sean9689
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
Acquired via trade
Very dark brown, nearly black, in color with a small dark brown head that doesn't last for too long. This does, however, leave the glass completely messy with thick ribbons of lined lacing. Very pretty black IPA.
Though this beer really is exceptional, the aroma is (only) very good. There's good pine and citrus character, butting up against roast and mild coffee. I like it, though I have smelled (slightly) better.
The flavor is wonderfully balanced, though fully delicious. There's lots of pine hop flavor along roasty black malt. There's a little bit of chocolate and coffee as well, but the pine is dominant, and I like it--a lot! Awesome stuff!
Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. No alcohol presence whatsoever.
Thanks again, Adam. I'm all out of Hill Farmstead. Can I have some more, please?
05-29-2012 00:13:41 | More by ehammond1
4.75/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
04-15-2012 05:38:05 | More by ngeunit1
Society & Solitude #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.