Dfonorow (1350) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share in Orland Park. Pour is deep black with a very small khaki head. Aroma and flavor of ripe rasperries, roasted grain, plums, chocolate, nuts, and booze. Finish is lingering booze, roasty, and dry.
Tmoney99 (10455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, coffee and vanilla wood alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy bittersweet roasted malt flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid beer.
tectactoe (1494) - Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Dan. Nearly pitch black, quite a large head for a stout; creamy, leathery, & deep mocha in color, but quick to recess to a bubbly film & collar. Aroma mixes baker’s chocolate with heavy hitting notes of sweet berries, must, wet wood, dark prunes, mild roast, & a finishing vinous character. Lots of dark fruit, prunes, & dark berries in the flavor with an underlying, boozy & vinous characteristic. Sweet chocolate, light roast, even a hint of coffee. Big-time musty wood flavor, a little bit of the port makes the finish warm. Starts mostly sweet but lingers with roasty cocoa bean bitterness, lightly astringent. Relatively thin mouth swish. A good stout, but my expectations were much higher.
Update: Had another bottle almost a month later. Seemingly a little more berry-esque sweetness. Almost blackberry. Lots of wine & red grape, much more vinous on the nose. Definitely get the port. Taste is also more vinous in the form of prickly barrel tannins. Still has a solid foundation of roast & cocoa with lots of dark fruit. Finishes tannic, lightly astringent, prickly, & thin, almost more like a Syrah or Shiraz than a Port, as is seems more dry than sweet. Once again, a nice stout, but towards the bottom of my Hill Farmstead favorites.
umich03jm (1835) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oct 2013 bottle thanks to the local group for sharing. Pours almost black with a small foamy head that fades to a thin ring. Awesome aroma of dark berries, chocolate cake, vanilla, and tobacco. Tastes pretty tannic. Dark berries, light chocolate, and roasted coffee. High carbonation makes it a little fizzy. Overall, awesome aroma but a little too tannic and too much carbonation knocks it down a little.
DrSilverworm (6013) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7oz bottle. Thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing! Pretty much black color. Good thin brown head. Few dots of lace. Awesome dark chocolate, roast malt in the nose. Earthy bitter hop in there, light hint of pine. Some vinous port barrel flavors appear in the first sip. Works well with the bitter dark chocolate, moderate coffee moderate roast flavors. Bigger body. Good chewy texture. Light carbonation. More dry finish. Pretty awesome complex imperial stout to sip on and think on. Cool one to try.
b3shine (5192) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle to snifter (shared by alexsdad06). Looks good; a fairly opaque dark coffee with foamy mocha head. Smells of dark malt, dark chocolate, and mild roast with some mild port barrel characteristics. A bit of dark fruit as well. Tastes like it smells, but less balanced. A bit bitter and roasty. Still, enjoyable.
Pailhead (4623) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate milk chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, vanilla, and port. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head that quickly fades to a very fine ring. The flavor starts with chocolate, dark fruits, and molasses. The finish has light espresso, port, and light oak. It’s medium-full bodied with lightly fizzy mouthfeel. Overall, I prefer the bourbon.
brystmar (1203) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Overcarbed. Gorgeous beer: thick and fluffy head leaves lace at every turn.
A bit medicinal and soy saucy. Smells & tastes overcarb'd, if that makes any sense. Port barrel shows itself in the aroma yet doesn't seep into the taste as much as I'd like. Solid, but immensely disappointing given how good regular Damon is.
thirdeye11 (5500) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(375ml bottle) jet black, highly carbonated, excellent lacing. Nose of port, raisin, plastic, alcohol. Taste of apple, alcohol, port, raisin, ashy, soy sauce, Unbalanced and sweet. Ashy finish.
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared by Mac, 05/31/2014. Pours black, dense tan head, fades slowly, lacing built up around the edge of the glass. Aroma is rich port, dark fruit, berries, vinous, dark chocolate, powdered vanilla, wood. Taste is sweet, dark fruit, berries and grapes, dark chocolate, lingering port. Medium body. Not my favorite stout offering from HF, but still fairly tasty.