madmitch76 (12253) - , 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 itís 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 (2595) - 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 isnít all that noticeable.
T: The taste just took on a complexity that wasnít 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, Iím just nitpicking here. A great beer.
Serving type: bottle
Advocate_Ames (322) - 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.
seth_lfod (259) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle served at about 50 degrees poured into HF glassware. Pours a jet black with very little head. Scents are bourbon, chocolate, molasses. Taste follows heavy molasses Bourbon and a nice chocolate hint in there. This is the second bottle I had and temperature really plays a part in the flavors. I really enjoyed this... Mr. Hill does it again.
thirdeye11 (5343) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(500ml bottle) clear deep brown, deep tan head. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, graham cracker, chocolate, barrel, light alcohol. Taste of bourbon, chocolate, cream, vanilla, graham cracker, rich, super complex. Amazing.
brystmar (990) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012. Dry porter yeast amidst bourbon and roasty malts in the nose. Palate sees honey, chocolate, more roast, mild bourbon barrels, vanilla. Layers of flavor fold into each other masterfully.
Big, viscous body is perfectly suited for a brew this complex. Nearly flat carb level is the only disappointment. A superb imperial porter nonetheless.
sherm1016 (1001) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle, 2012 vintage, courtesy of Dan and Tim. Thanks! Pours a deep, dark brown color with no head, no bubbles. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, some vanilla. Heavy on the palate with zero carbonation. None. Flat. Flavor is sweet, decadant, chocolate, coffee, light bourbon, vanilla, coconut, smooth roasty malt, with a big, chocolatey finish. For me, the flavor is amazing, but the lack of carbonation is a big disappointment. Still a great beer, but it would probably be top 5 with bubbles.
Zeeben (36) - Goffstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black as night of out the bottle with no head. Split this bottle up between three of us. Heavy raisin on the nose. The body hits me with lovely bourbon. I find myself missing the vanilla from Twilight. This is great sipping beer for desert though.