Loineshawn (3007) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
notes of milk chocolate, bright bitter roast, cocoa, and coffee. relatively low carbonation. relatively sweet for a hill farmstead brew. good, prefer twighlight of the idols.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a bottle;deep dark brown color with a very cool mocha brown head. Aromas are of roasted smoky malt, and a bit of sweet caramel. Super smooth and rich in your mouth. Perfect balance of medium to full body. Initial sweet roasted malt flavor expands in complexity to include coffee, molasses, bitter hops, and cocoa. Nice long finish of aforementioned flavors. Best porter I have had in some time. Yum.
Johnsense (600) - - JAN 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown/black pour. 2 fingers of brown head. Coffee roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Very slight bitterness roasted malt coffee burnt brown sugar. Dark chocolate slight bit of wood. Medium bodied. A joy to drink. Now i want more.
Marsiblursi (2963) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours dark brown to black with a large sized pale brown head. The aroma holds caramelly and chocolaty malt alongside grapefruity, piny and floral hops. Undertones of tar, ash, meat, ginger, blackberries, cinnamon and cardamom, sweet liquorice alongside a tiny whisper of smoke. Round and friendly nose, really well balanced. The flavour is light sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic. Asphalt, chocolate, coffee, dark caramel, mild citrus, flowers and sweet liquorice. The mouthfeel is super clean and round with a medium carbonation. Pine, tar, liquorice and coffee on the finish. Medium bodied.
mansquito (2878) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Farmhouse, Burlington, VT 12oz ($6.50): Pours a beautiful black with a brown head. Aroma is burnt malts, burnt malts, and smoke, and burnt malts. Normally, I would say a porter has chocolate and coffee; this one doesn’t. All that there is is burnt malts and a delicious sweet fruitiness. It’s like candy that went through a fire of deliciousness. That being said, this is anything but a chugger. I had to nurse this baby, but each wee sip was a pleasure. I like this beer, and am not surprised that it somehow found itself in the 100th percentile.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft pour. Pitch black with a thick inch tan head. Smokey robust porter. Smooth and very well made. Perfectly smokey.
OmegaX (1132) - Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at CCB. Loads of chocolate malt and some smoke/roast on the nose. Poured a dark black porter color with a nice dark, tan head. Solid lacing. Taste is very similar with a slick mouthfeel. Very drinkable with a nice bitter finish (but not too bitter). Great stuff.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a big rocky tan head that recedes very slowly and leaves great lacing.
Aroma is not as roasty as I was expecting with more sweet milk chocolate and malty sweetness. There is a light roasted black malts and coffee beans.
Taste mirrors the aroma with some smooth caramel malts and dark chocolate dominating up front. The backbone is roasty but not overly so. There is definitely some chocolate sweetness in the finish as well as a hint of smoke.
The mouthfeel is excellent and about as creamy as I’ve ever had in a porter. Solid carbonation.
This is one of the sweeter porters I’ve tasted recently and almost tastes like a smoky chocolate stout. Really good stuff.
MadIndian (2222) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hill Farmstead is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.
Nice brown pour with aromas of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.\
Taste is of dry chocolate, roast, breaf and caramel malts. A very oily mouth feel , but it is good.
czar (3257) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours very dark brown with a thin (growler filled from tap) but persistent dark mocha head. dark complex malts, coffee and resinous hops - black ipa feeling here. smoke, chocolate, coffee and big american hops. low carbonation, medium body and long resinous-grassy hops. as usual, impressive.