Minderbinder (1522) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with low brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, alcohol, sugar, wood, oak, vanilla, raisins. Taste is of alcohol, roasted malt, pepper, chocolate, molasses. Palate: Full bodied. "Dry" woody feeling. Overall: Pretty good. Complex. Enjoyable.
Dogbrick (7090) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours pitch black with a medium khaki head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Boozy aroma with roasted malt and chocolate notes. Full-bodied with flavors of chocolate malt, roasted coconut and subtle bourbon. The finish is sweet and boozy with a cocoa and malt aftertaste. Good beer all around.
Ataraxia (283) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black, thin mocha lacing. Wonderful blend of mild bourbon, sweet chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, espresso, dark fruits, and a hint of smoke. Pleasantly bittersweet, a smidgen of stickiness, and full-bodied. Long finish that showcases the well-masked booziness. Exquisitely well-balanced overall.
SudsMcDuff (5644) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
i’m guessing Hill Farmstead went to ancestry.com ... ... pours a deep purple black suit .. . mild foam .. . rich tar and charcoal leakings .. . wish i had gotten more of this, quality brew .. . . i have never understood the Jaquististy Method..
brystmar (1074) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #800! B2 shared at Freetail. Pitch black, minimal brown head and lace. Smooth chocolate, bourbon, silky roasted malt aroma. Pungent, nice. Boozy on the palate when cold, warms up to a nicely balanced RIS with barrels and all other flavors in check. Toffee sweetness midway through, baker's chocolate finishes things out. Viscous body is delightful. Nice stuff, yet similar to the b1 this is not mind blowing.
Experiment_Ale (437) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Freetail mega release. Pours black with creamy beautiful brown head. Aroma is thin smooth malt chocolate good leather. Taste is smooth small greatness interesting chocolate.
Ed5388 (1598) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2013 500ml bottle (2011 bottle 721 of 864). THANK YOU SCOTT!!!! Pours a thick jet black color with no head. Aroma of strong bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Nose is definitely boozy. Taste is so smooth. Man this is delicious! Coffee, chocolate fudge brownies, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. This beer is awesome!
RichTheVillan (1925) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from International trade; dark brown with thin tan head, quite big bourbon aroma, luckily the bourbon doesn’t come through in taste quite mellow, rich chocolate taste a hint of caramel and vanilla glorious stuff.
CloakedDagger (380) - - JUL 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 50 cl. Vintage 2011. Bottle # 549/864. Listed as 10,0% ABV. Pours a thick, opaque black with a very delicate, creamy light brown head. Thick, sweet and smooth Bourbon aroma atop subdued roast. Some heat in the nose already. Rich, sweet roastiness, a little licorice, vanilla and spicy oak. Warming alcohol finish. Totally balanced and easy going. Delish! 040713
tom10101 (2087) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2013 Bottle (500 ml). Amazing thanks to the guy who served me a generous pour of this beer at Hill Farmstead 3rd anniversary bottle share. Pitch black with a small than head and little lacing. Aroma is amazingly complex and rich with toffee, fudge, molasses, red fruits, vanilla, slight to moderate bourbon notes (not overpowering, well-done!)... wow! Taste is moderately sweet and as rich as aroma. There’s a lot of fudge, caramel and red fruits here with just the right amount of bourbon, wood and vanilla. Slight notes of anise too. Full body. Smooth mouthfeel, oily and velvety. Low to moderate carbonation. So rich and decadent. Almost perfect balance. The barrel treatment is subtle, but so well executed. Wow!
EDIT: I tried it again just after the 2013 release - side by side with Double Barrel Damon - and it was still really good. It was less complex than the bottle I had in May though and a little too hot, especially compared to Double Barrel Damon. I would wait a couple of months before cracking another bottle. 4-8-8-4-17 = 4.1