craftycarl21 (2025) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2012 On tap at Hill Farmstead’s 1st Anniversary. Gorgeous black pour with a tight light brown head. Aroma and flavor both have a delightful smokiness to them that reminded me of the Fear and Trembling series. Further chocolate, roasted malt, and molasses presence really makes this a complex and balanced porter. Great stuff.
adrian910ss (2246) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark cola with a huge thick and creamy light brown head. Aroma of lightly sweetened roasted malts, chocolate, barley and caramel. Taste of lightly sweetened roasted and toasted malts, chocolate, barley, caramel and toffee.
emacgee (3433) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks turdferguson for sharing. Pours a nice dark black with two fingers of creamy tan head. Nose is really nice, sweet roasted coffee and bakers chocolate with notes of fruit skins and lightly roasted grain. Coffee roast and bitter chocolate in the flavor with mild notes of burnt grain and a touch of sweetness. Medium grain and hop bitterness on the palate, excellent representation of the style.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark bruin near black body with a tan coffee head with both good retention and nice lacing. Aromatically dark and roast y. Chewy hop tones, burnt malt, light smoke, some roasted bitter chocolate tones. Coco and drying bitter coffee esk finish. Big full body with a hint of warmth easily let down by the dark roast. Its going going gone. Hats off.
drewbeerme (3643) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 bottle. pours black with creamy tan head. looks great. aroma has cocoa and big roast kick to it. flavors are very big with roasty and sweet cocoa malts. finishes with that off putting sourish dark malt quality with a strong booze note. this had promise but I dont think it finished well at all, making it rather undrinkable.
bottle sampled next to Founders Porter just to see how close these beers really are. Everett was a few months fresher. Both pours pitch black but Everett poured initially with a creamy tan head but both heads didn’t last long, Founders head was fizzier. Both beers have a big dark chocolate aroma but Everett had more depth with sweet brown sugar and currant notes. Taste wise Founders porter was a bit ashier while Everett had a big dark fruit sweetness with some tobacco and molasses to it. Overall both beers are similar, I think Everett has more depth and a better mouth feel but Founders Porter is great too. Recipe wise Everett uses Roasted barley while Founders Porter uses black patent. Both stellar porters. The more recent batches have been killer.
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opened on May 4, 2011. I have previously had the barrel-aged version, which was really nice, so I was looking forward to this. Thanks to RSchaeffer for the extra!
Pours black with two full fingers of thick tan head. Shaun knows his aesthetics. Ridiculous lacing. The only complaint is that the second pour yields almost too much head (four full fingers).
Smoky roast coffee, tons of milk chocolate, dark fruit and a nice milky creaminess. Toffee sweetness alongside a really pleasant spiciness. The sweeter and milky parts remind me of Velvet Merkin, but this features much more spicy balancing complexity and "robust," smoky elements.
Both milk and [xx%] cocoa dark chocolate, espresso roast coffee beans, peppercorn, and an ashy smokiness. The spicy oak found in the -bal version is here too. How? - I have no idea. More or less maps onto the nose.
At first, this has too much carbonation - medium-bodied, with full, expanding-in-the-mouth carbonation. Thirty minutes later, the creaminess characteristic of HFS comes through, and the body feels appropriately fuller.
Different, but pleasantly so. It’s almost exactly what I expected - spicy, somewhat smoky, rich, quietly oaky, with coffee and chocolate. A winner.
TURDFERGUSON (3565) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark, dark brown with a tight, small bubbled tan head. Looks fantastic in the glass. Nose is deep roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee. Flavor is really rich and complex. Lots of roast, some sweeter malts, a bit of a natural tartness that works very well with the bitter and sweeter notes. Thanks Shaun!
anders37 (12708) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty coffee and chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish with a long coffee finish.
Snojerk321 (2970) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Wow, what a beer...... Pours a fairly viscous brown / black. Light smoke and cocoa dust dominate the nose. Heavy on the palate, roasty and damn amazing!
TaktikMTL (4789) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
En fût. Verre de 10 oz dégusté au Siboire (Sherbrooke, QC). Arôme: Forte odeur de chocolat et de café torréfié. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café torréfié et de chocolat avec une pointe de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Torréfaction en arrière goût. (Rating #3619)