Fred82 (2143) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle, Was no label from bought at HF.
Appearance : Pitch black big foamy and creamy brown expresso-like head. Light lacing but very long head retention.
Aroma : Lots of woody barrel with notes of bourbon. Some roasted malt, chocolate and coffee underneath. Light hops too. This is mainly barrel though. Notes of raisins and vanilla.
Taste : Very complex and rich. At first there is a lot of barrel. Notes of bourbon and lots of wood. Then the roasted malt and chocolate comes along with the coffee while still having that lingering "liquoreux" woody bourbon. Finish is very lengthy. Barrel comes again in the finish but there is more place for the awesome chocolate and roasted malt. Light smoke on finish. Lots of barrel on finish.
Overall : Wow this is very complex. I think the barrel is a tiny bit too intense. I would have liked to see a bit more of the base beer. Still, the barrel gives it a lot of complexity and depth. Finish is just so good. A bit too warm maybe especially for the low abv. Another gem by Shaun !
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed at Dasilky’s pad. Black/brown with dark brown head. Mid thickness in glass. Funky sourness in nose, on top of alcohol high and clear. Cherries. Taste has big sweetness, dark fruit in front of aspirin and alcohol. Medicine and turpentine.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
holy smoke! thanks riversideak! soft creamy coffee nose, warm gentle barrel character. black, small tan head. very hot, some raspberry fruit, strong biting heat, charred oaky barrel, offensively hot
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml waxed bottle, thanks Alex. Chocolate, patent malt, hints of coffee, hazelnut, vanilla, bits of oak. Smooth silky body feel. Balanced barrel with vanilla, cola, hints of dark fruit, roasted nut and light coffee. Balanced and very tasty.
riversideAK (6156) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Patent, roast dark malts, light barrel, nice nose. Pours black, nice creamy bubbly tan head. Nice looking. Charred flavors, bourbon underneatj, dark sugary sweet, light though, roasty black malts. Nice underlying barrel. Earthy bitterness. A nice berr with balance, welld done barrel. Good.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
. Pours a dark black hue with a thin to medium sized beige head. Big bourbon, char, toast, roast, and nice coffee notes on the nose. Roast and chocolate, smoke and wood. Dry bourbony finish.
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black on tan from an unmarked wax sealed bottle. Smells like chocolate, dried fruits, malts, a hint of vanilla, and oak barrels. Taste of chocolate, oak barrels, malts, bitter hops, and dried fruits. Bitter hops and alcohol finish.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 Bottle via Glouglouburp. practically black pour, super thick, creamy chocolaty milky head. Nose is notably boozy and barrely...lots of whiskey character in the fumes for sure..with some added coffee and cream elements overlaid amongst everything...actually, it takes on a very vivid baily’s & coffee element the more I sniff. Again in the flavors..lots of vivid whiskey, coffee, and cream notes...Watchin’ Canadian comedy right now (Trailer Park Boys...Best Invention since half of the Apatow Crew)...and this tastes like canadian whiskey with a shot of canadian coffee. I like it...its fucking boozy and earthly refined...its baileys & coffee for smart people.
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Dark chocolate, crunchy cereals, vanilla and molasses evolve in a superbly cuddly mouthfeel, where raisin-y depths are soon met by rising bourbon, wood and alcohol. This is one complex Barrel-Aged Porter, my friends.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam settles atop the impenetrable blackness.
-The natural carbonation, like in all Hill Farmstead brews, does wonders for drinkability, whatever their gravity.
-The barrel is perfectly integrated to the flavor profile; not intense, not too shy.
-The finish is where this barrel shines the most; this presence might make me sway towards the equally-sumptuous "regular" Everett though, but that’s just a question of personal taste. Both are scrumptious.
-All flavors are cohesive, harmonious and impeccably presented. Wow.
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a thin tan head forming on it.
S: There’s a definite smoke/peat aroma to the beer. I get a fair amount of booze for what is only an 8% beer along with seems to be brandy. A nice chocolate note, too. The nose is definitely quite smooth.
T: A touch of peat and smoke to go with chocolate and roasted malt. The barrels have provided some nice vanilla undertones and oak. There’s just a bit of booze influence from the barrel as well.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. Pretty smooth on the tongue.
D: The best of the Hill Farmstead beers I have tried to this point. Though they all seem to have a lot of similarities, it sounds like Shaun is doing some really cool things.