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Hill Farmstead Birth of Tragedy

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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
2011: Imperial version of Twilight of the Idols brewed with coffee and spices, aged in Bourbon Barrels. ABV varies by vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mr_Abner (221) - Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle (dated 10/2013). Pours black with an ample mocha head that eventually fades to a 1/4’’ ring around the glass, where it stays until its gone. Smells of bourbon, roasted malts, oak, some alcohol apparent after it warms. A medium+ sweetness balanced by a medium bitterness. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, light bourbon. Full bodied; thick and lightly creamy; below average carbonation. Really a wonderful mouthfeel. Moderately bitter finish. An exceptional beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTheRick (706) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2015
D’un noir sans équivoque, une mousse brunâtre pas très généreuse se pose doucement sur la bière. De la vanille, du chocolat au lait, du nougat, un peu de bois imbibé d’alcool, c’est définitivement un bouquet qui me plaît. Heureusement, l’idylle se répète en bouche, ces saveurs étant enveloppées d’une chaleur alcoolisée et sucrée réconfortante. Une texture veloutée qui me fait fondre à chaque gorgée. Je me visualise dans un chalet, sur le bord d’un feu ardent, par une froide soirée d’hiver à siroter ce nectar divin. Superbe.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michcam8 (401) - Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2015
Thanks Shawn! Pours a very dark ruby, almost black color with little to no head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, bourbon, roasted malts, booze and doughy bread. Taste is a little muted on the aroma, which isn’t bad, as I do not pick up much detection of alcohol. Medium mouthful, silky smooth, easy drinking for the high ABV. Could use a little more carbonation. Overall, excellent beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
njager246 (645) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2015 Bottle @ bells 30th pre party, aroma is bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, and malts, taste is out of this world chocolate, vanilla, borbon, soy, some sweetness and oak, damn, doesn?t get much better than this!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1474) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 8, 2015
Black with a light brown head. Faint vanilla, bourbon notes, a bit flat in the end and in dimensional

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (365) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2015
500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 bottle. Originally reviewed 3/15/2013. Viscous black with brown edges. No head. Big mocha bubbles, though. Bourbon and coffee blend nicely in the nose. Vanilla. The coffee has a nice earthy character. Not a lot of porter comes through, but it doesn’t matter much. Nice bourbon and vanilla flavors. Lots of coffee. Reminiscent of KBS in its earthy coffee flavor. Milk chocolate with a slight winey finish. Heavy. Viscous for a porter, although that’s arguable. Very low carbonation. So it isn’t as magical as I had hoped, but it’s still damn good. Remarkably good, but the bar that Hill Farmstead has set for itself makes me feel the slightest disappointment when the beer isn’t perfection.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (1727) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2015
Bottle in line for blåbær. Thanks for the sample to MrOrla. Pours black with an espresso head. Aroma of dark fruits, wood, chocolate, vanilla, syrup and nice coffee. Taste of chocolate, vanilla, syrup, coffee, wood and weak spices. Very good and balanced!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (1492) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2015
Bottle in line for Blåbær ’15. Pitch black pour with a tan head. Loads of sweet chocolate, coffee, some cinnamon with some lightly roasted notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (852) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle thanks to MrOrla. Thanks! Pours pitch black with a medium dark brown head. Aromas of honey cake, cinnamon, malts, vanilla, dark fruits, dark chocolate. Complex and very nice aroma. Taste is honey cake, coffee, bourbony vanilla, fudge and cinnamon notes, dark filled chocolates, malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2436) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle at blåbær release 2015. Black body with a small brown head. Chocolate, green peppers, bourbon, vanilla, wood. Soo good.

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