Ataraxia (415) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost black, opaque, thin mocha head. Black coffee, chocolate, bourbon, charred oak, some vanilla, and cinnamon undertones. Honey comes out in the taste, sweeter and richer. Creamy, fairly viscous, and full-bodied without being too heavy. Little to no alcohol presence in the clean finish.
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottled and cellared. Opened two years after purchasing from the brewery. Oil black, no head, reminiscent of Baltic porters without the carbonation. Nose from the barrel aging, alcohol, coffee, burnt toffee, etc. Taste is the same, BIG alcohol finish burn like port. Overdid it with the cellaring, should have opened last year.
Huhzubendah (2996) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer is near black with an inch of dense, beige foam atop the beer. Looks thick and a bit viscous. Fabulous aroma. Honey emerges more than coffee. Grandiose and lovely honey presence in both the scent and flavor. Beautiful blend of flavors here. Roast and honey marry up to form a slightly sweet, chocolaty beer with just enough bittering hops to balance it all out. Silky smooth on the palate. Long lasting aftertaste. Bourbon character is subtle. This beer is all about balance. If any one ingredient stands out, it is certainly the honey. Yet another fabulous brew from Hill Farmstead.
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with good, creamy, chocolate shake head, light lacing (barrel-aged) / Deep nose of tobacco, roast grain, dark chocolate / Full body, rich and chewy, some sweetness but excellent balance, good bitterness lurking underneath, alcohol well masked / Big, complex flavors of prune, date, dark roast coffee, semisweet chocolate, tobacco, licorice, honey, faint bourbon barrel / Spectacular, raising the oft-asked question of the difference between in imperial porter and stout.
Beerman6686 (5322) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one poured a dark brown almost black with a beige head. Aroma was chocolate, coffee, honey and bourbon. Flavor was very well melded together, lots of milk chocolate, coffee, honey like, bourbon, Incredible smooth.
Art (2241) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared thanks to beerman6686. Pours a deep black with a minimal tan head. Aroma of bourbon, cinnamon, some coffee and chocolate. Sweet taste. Medium thick body. Light carb.
charule (1584) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 Bottle shared thanks to Beerman6686. Poured pitch black with light tan head. Pleasant aroma of light bourbon and ends with roasted cashew indian. Light carb med bod. Toasty grape choc taste.
BBB63 (6447) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 Bottle, thanks Gerrit and Drew for the share: Pitch black with tan frothy head. The aroma has notes of licorice, bourbon, roast, smoke, rye bread and herbal hop esters. The taste is heavy with initial dark fruit and anise along with an interesting grapey acidic counterpoint. Earthy, charred, coffee and a bit bready as well. The mouth feel is aggressive and biting with an ashy finish. This is very nice.
Jool (198) - - DEC 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bouteille 500mL (embouteillée 2013). Noire opaque, avec mousse légère. Nez peu expressif, vanille et traces de café. Bouche soyeuse: vanille, café, un côté épicé qui rappelle la canelle mais sans en avoir le côté piquant, un côté mielleux assez dominant, bourbon. Le tout est incroyablement équilibré et doux. Rien n’accroche et on ne goûte pas l’alcool. Encore une réussite!
rxeight (1890) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle thanks to Dany. Very dark pour. Slight tan head. Aroma oddly enough has a slight moacatel or white wine smell. Or possibly some wild yeast. Almost like it is infected by some of the farmhouse yeast but in a good way. Taste has a very slight very mellow bourbon. Lots of sweetness probably from the honey. Some roast an coffee. Everything is very mellow and balanced. Tasty stuff.