Society & Solitude #2 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.32/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Black IPA

Added by MasterSki on 01-12-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#688
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
370
pDev:
7.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
22
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0
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Photo of Philcassella
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msondel
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben1313
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Resuin
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey

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Photo of Dizzy242
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours from the 750ml into a becher with a black body that has some very dark nutty brown hues at the edges. A massive, thick and creamy deep tan cap rises to several fingers high with great retention.

S- Chocolate and hops. The grains are deep and roasted but still give off delicate cocoa nib notes that balance out with the hops to form the bulk of the aroma. Piney and citrus hops meld into the roasted grains.

T- Strays a bit towards the hops here with citrus and pine making up most of that hop bill. Grapefruit, resin, orange, floral and herbal notes. The cocoa again forms a strong base from the roasted grains along with slight caramel, toasted nuts, bread, licorice and toffee. No awkward caramelized sweets; the hops and chocolate are in harmony.

MF- Medium bodied with a slickness and a moderate level of carbonation. Silky smooth and crisp. Ends with a clean grapefruit zest bitterness.

A well balanced beer that is more hop focused than malt focused with a harmony between grapefruit citrus hops and cocoa nib grains.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of arusso13
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smcel371
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jhavs
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnofUpton
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was really excellent, great looking black ipa with good lacing. Strong roast on the nose with earthy pine and hint of citrus coming through. Tastes of roasted nuts, dark malts, cocoa, coffee, slightly citric hops are apparent, some peppery spice and dash of pine. Definitely and interesting flavor profile but the balance is incredible and mouthfeel on point. Overall this was really a great beer to try, gotta love vermont!!

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Photo of edthehead
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bizon
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phigg1102
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a rocky tan head. The hop aroma is incredible, earthy, herbal, and spicy hop notes are beautifully balanced with a nutty roasted malt character. The beer takes on a great hop bitterness in the taste that is evened out with a hint of berry flavor. Rich, full body without any stickiness, and a dry semi-bitter finish.

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Photo of ldhughes3
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waddellc2
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BMMillsy
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dfhhead25
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Society & Solitude #2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 370 ratings