PhillyCraft (2763) - 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.
48FanInCali (651) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Not sure if 2012 or 2011. Black as soy sauce pour with the same amount of carbonation. Nose of light roast, faint coffee, and faint vanilla and booze. Taste is slightly heavier on the roast. Flat as all shit but the taste isn't too bad. Was so looking forward to this, and you can tell it has a lot of good qualities, but the lack of any carbonation is just too much to overcome.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JBPortland (405) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle (2012 vintage) pours dark rick black-brown with a finger of mocha head. Nose is dusty roast cocoa, subtle coffee grounds, dark fruit, plum, mellow bourbon. Taste is silky smooth and creamy roast dark cocoa and coffee, almond, coconut, vanilla, sublte fruity plum notes from the bourbon. Finish is vanilla and fruity roast coffee, faint oakiness, subtle spice, and mild warmth. Barrel and bourbon character is perfectly balanced. Fantastic.
Martinus (2619) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colour, tan head. Aroma of vanilla, lots of vanilla. Coffee, light honey, roasted malts, caramel and warm bourbon notes. Sweet flavour, vanilla, coffee, rather bitter. Finish chocolate, vanilla, lingering bitterness. Nice enough.
(From 50cL bottle @ the pre-RBBWG get-together at Tim’s place. Thanks for sharing, Seba!!)
djd07 (2766) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Minh. Pours a dark brown with beige head that leaves sticky lacing along the glass the aroma is roast, booze, chocolate, and oak. Medium mouthfeel with rich malt and roast with nuttiness and toffee. Very good.
tectactoe (1053) - Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2014 [Bottle / 2012] Thanks, Jason! Black-ish body with some deep, deep brown only at the edges, capped with a small, tan-tinted layer of foam that quickly secedes to a chunky collar. Wow... lovely aroma on this one. Fancy coffee beanery type coffee beans, slight malt roast, a mild touch of sweet smoke, & delicate bittersweet cocoa nibs all layered over a smooth backdrop of wood, oak, & whiskey. Layered well, opens up even more with some warmth... Hints of vanilla & tannins. Flavor has a larger whiskey soaked oak presence but remains smooth as hell. Clashing cocoa & coffee beans, leaning towards sweet with a slight roasted malt bitterness for balance. Finish has some vanilla, faint dark fruits & the aftertaste leaves your mouth coated with rich coffee beans, whiskey, & mild oak. Lovely mouth feel; chewy, robust, quite thick... Seriously awesome stuff. Everett may be the best porter I’ve had & this may be the best barrel aged porter I’ve had. Damn Hill Farmstead.
umich03jm (1500) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle. Thanks Tom! Shared at Jeff’s. Pours almost black with a small head that fades to a thin ring. Awesome aroma, heavy coffee and bourbon, some light chocolate and spices too. Taste is smooth coffee and bourbon with hints of honey, tobacco, and chocolate. Medium body. Mouthfeel is pretty slick and it coats the palate. Awesome beer with a great barrel treatment.
Pailhead (4362) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy of umich03jm
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, coffee, vinous notes, bourbon, faint alcohol, and a touch of oak. It pours a dark brown with some faint Orange highlights and a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate milk chocolate and a touch of cola. The finish has maple syrup, roasted coconut, coffee, and a touch of molasses. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation.
sebletitje (6234) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 50cl via trade. Anno 2012.
Noire, col moka quasi absent.
Arôme est centré à fond sur les malts, caramel, léger boisé sur des notes de bourbon et qcq effluves de vanille.
Palais est malté, profond, super au niveau bourbon, pointe boisée ajoutant cette petite note épicée. Caramel avec une effervescence à la ramasse, ce qui ne joue pas vraiment en faveur de la bière. Donne des notes sucrées, léger collant aux lèvres, résiduel boisé avec qcq notes vanillées. Ressent un léger picotement en fin de bouche, avec au final un bon profil du malt, chocolat et bourbon. Ok, mais après avoir dégusté d’autres Hillfarm, je m’attendais à mieux.
lefossoyeur (417) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black, huge brown head. Super intense aromas of red wine at first, then bourbon, spicy, herbaceous. Big bold smooth velvety body, low carbonation, very silky, chocolate liquor, red wine again, feeling like a young bordeaux rive gauche with hints of roasted meat, vanilla and grilled toasts ! Absolutely intense and delicious.
Ataraxia (283) - 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.