EdKing (1759) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle care of Peter at Nate’s birthday, The Kernel. Colour is very dark brown/black, off white head. Nose is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak wood, touch of bourbon whiskey. I’m not usually a fan of bourbon aged beers but this is nicely soft on the palate. Taste is sweet; chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak. Nice and warm on the palate.
harrisoni (12674) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Kernel Brewery. Thanks to the peter. Too much wood on aroma. Too much heat. Nice choc. Very dry. Tio much wood way too biozy hot finish. Just too thin. Too much barrel ageing
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Graciously shared by Dak!). Pours dark brown with red hue and khaki head. Aroma has coffee, bourbon, coffee and a bit of vanilla. Taste is sweet with bourbony goodness. Medium bodied with oilt texture. A bit hot. Nice.
daknole (8550) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
HOLY HELL THIS IS GOOD! Black pour, big brown creamy head. Aroma is loaded with coffee, bourbon, vanilla, charred oak. Flavor? Damn! Creamy body leads to an amazing blend of coffee, light hops, vanilla, toasted oak, bourbon. This beer is phenomenal in all aspects. What a brew. Brave to the guys at HF!
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Not being a coffee fan, I was approaching this one with mixed feelings,thinking it would be the least favourite of 3 HF I received. This was not the case at all. Tremendous intergration of coffee and barrel. As good an aroma as is possible with these ingrediants. Big soapy head on extreme dark brown body, three-eighths of an inch retained soapy head. Thick lace. Full mouthfeel, satisfying. Tremedously drinkable rich coffee and canila and some bourbon. Not too boozy.Absolute masterpiece. One of the better beers I have had in a long time.
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles picked up at the brewery. Pours a dark black brown color with a smooth mocha head that holds for a bit. Smell is smooth oak bourbon coconut chocolate and roasty coffee a touch of alcohol to smell. Taste is rich with chocolate oak bourbon coconut vanilla and roasty coffee. super smooth mouthfeel medium body with little alcohol to feel/ taste. overall extremely enjoyable.
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 7/18/11 from a 500mL bottle purchased at Hill Farmstead, thank you to Ryan. Pours opaque black with a thin tan head that slowly recedes to nothing more than a hint of wispy lace in the center of the beer and a very thin collar of lace. The nose is full of dark chocolate and coffee along with darkly roasted malt, vanilla, and dark dried fruit. The flavor is just as dark and roasty with the coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts along with vanilla, and an almost woody savory note. The body is full with very lively carbonation and a long dark chocolate and coffee finish.
MiP (13047) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thank you, yespr. Vanilla aroma, rather sweet, but not too much. Black colour, seems clear. The flavour starts off with some vanilla, is a little sweet, but then turns quite alcoholic. Gets a bit rough in the finish, and I would have preferred a little less or more mellow alcohol.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour. Aroma is strong, espresso, coffee grinds, light spice and cheerios. Flavor is nice, full, sweet, bitter balance from bakers chocolate and coffee, some creaminess. Overall nice and drinkable and balanced for that abv.
ReggieDunlap (2927) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thx shanny and isaac for the bottle!! Pours dark brown with a fairly thick dark mocha colored head...nice retention and lacing. Aroma has vanilla, notable bourbon, faint dark fruit and roastiness...slightly boozy. Flavor has intense coffye flavor that was hidden in the aroma! Also notes of bitter chocolate, vanilla, dark roastiness, and bourbon...not nearly as boozy in the flavor. Mouthfeel is rich with some liveliness and a long, roasty coffee finish. This beer is delectable!