Sledutah (3626) - Utah, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the RBWG grand tasting
Appearance: Dark brown with a small tan head, light lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts and spices
Taste: Roasted malts, vanilla, spices and coffee
yourefragile (109) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at 2012 Harvest Festival.
Pours an opaque, still and ominous motor oil black with a trace mocha head that quickly dissipates. Aroma has a strong bourbon presence, blending with chocolate, molasses, vanilla, roast coffee, raisin, plum and cocoa (basically everything wonderful). Syrupy, oily thick body with gentle carbonation, little alcohol presence or cloying sweetness. Flavor of a robust porter, roast and chocolate malt, layered with molasses, burnt sugar, vanilla, bourbon. I’ve had good to great experiences with this (in bottle and draft) and this was one of the great ones.
jkwood04 (2929) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2013 500ml bottle (2012) in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, honey, roasted malts, and light hops. Flavor the same, with a lot of bourbon and malts. Smooth to thicker texture. A great beer, slightly reminiscent of the Struise Black Damnation beers.
Edit: 2013 bottle in a snifter. Black. A great blend of bourbon, coffee, roasted malts. Incredible.
decaturstevo (4414) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with tan head. Aroma is coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is sweet chocolate and coffee with a roasted malt bitter. Smooth with good carbonation. A nice beer.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hill Harvest Festival ’12, not sure which vintage this is. pours black with soapy tan head. aroma has port, cocoa, and vanilla. flavors with a rich coconut and vanilla thing, hazelnut chocolate, really tasty.
madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4th February 2012
Opaque black beer, short lived tan head. Smooth and almost silky palate. Smooth dark malt. Coffee, mild spice. Slightly tangy and semi sweet bourbon. The famous Hill Farmstead balance - nothing dominates. Finishes semi dry with the mild spice a little more noticeable. Light on it’s toes and pretty drinkable. Lacks a wow factor and thus not in the highest echelons.
sarro (119) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle thanks to Tyler! Pours dark brown, no head and nearly no bubbles or carbonation.
Nose is bourbon, lightly roasted malt and oak--tons of boozy vanilla.
Medium to full mouth feel.
Taste is brown sugar, molasses, dry whiskey, bit of dark chocolate. Finishes with whiskey soaked oak. Great barrel aged porter with lots of barrel character. I enjoyed this much more than the 2011 vintage despite less carbonation because of the distinct bourbon notes, but best to drink fresh if you enjoy it like I do.
PhillyCraft (2581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by Tim/Bill once they saw I brought the base beer for this. It was nice trying them back to back to note the differences. Silky black color with thin beige head. Aromas and taste are delicious with roasted coffee bean, bitterseet choc bar, cinnamon, and loads on chocolate chip cookie dough as it warmed! Mostly in the aroma, other notes of graham, bourbon, Pap, and light citrus. I liked twilight better but this one was seriously rich meh.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle shared by cosmicevan. Served in a HF wine glass.
A: Pours an opaque deep brown color with some clearer edges. A thin tan head forms on the pour and recedes quickly to a thin ring. A few splotches of lace are left down the glass.
S: Smooth bourbon up front with a ton of fudge. Heavily roasted malts with a light chocolate sweetness. Besides the smoothness and lightness of the bourbon the barrel isn’t all that noticeable.
T: The taste just took on a complexity that wasn’t found in the nose. The smoothness of the bourbon carried over and blended wonderfully with some ground coffee beans and espresso notes. The bourbon took a sweeter turn mid palate and balanced the heavy roasted malt body. A little oak barrel shows up and blend nicely with a rich and lush chocolate on the finish.
M: Low carbonation here with a medium to light body. For hour luscious the taste was I would have liked a little more body to this.
O: Absolutely delicious. I like Twilight of the Idols, but I like this even more. If they would beef up the gravity a bit I bet this would be able to hold onto the barrel a little better and get a better mouthfeel. Still, I’m just nitpicking here. A great beer.
Serving type: bottle
Advocate_Ames (316) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle. The scent is of bourbon, roasted coffee beans, and slight vanilla. I taste coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malts. It leaves a malt and a weak bourbon aftertaste that fades over time. Overall this is a nice smooth brew.