Lubiere (9303) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A deep dark porter with a thin lacing dark brown head. In aroma, a pleasant complex chocolate with herbal licorice, coffee grinds, light Brett. In mouth, a wonderful bitter chocolate with mocha coffee, lingering British hops, molasses, herbal, beautiful. On tap at the brewery, March 12, 2012.
PhillyCraft (2762) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At capones, poured a black color with small coffee head. Notes were sour, saison pepper and lemon, rich chocolate, spice, roasted malt, annis, espresso, and mocha jahva. Body is amazing, creamy and smooth. They dont make many bad beers I reckon.
burg326 (3085) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, poured a dark black color with aromas of roast, chocolate, hint of licorice, and some hoppy citrus notes. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, light licorice, and some citrus from the hops. Blended nicely, overall a great beer that I wish I could drink every day.
Slipstream (1923) - USA - MAR 15, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2013 On draft at the Pony Bar, already rowdy at 6:15, with a nitwit shouting abuse at me as I tried to enjoy it. Also had some at Denise’s party, which resulted in an upgrade. So this is now the #1 porter - wow. Dark chocolate, imported coffee, woodsmoke, molasses, and herbs in the flavor. Very interesting.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. First reviewed 1/22/2012. Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter.
With a fairly aggressive pour, there is a nice, tightly wound mocha brown cap. The head retains nicely and leaves some nice spotty lace all over the glass.
The aroma and flavor are both very smooth. Dark roasted malt contains dark semi-sweet chocolate and creamy espresso flavor with no smokey or burnt character.
The flavor starts with that malt, and the malt and chocolate linger through the middle of the flavor, ending with a semi-sweet creamy espresso note. There is a soft spicy pine hop note right at the end.
The mouthfeel is worth noting separately. The flavors integrate well with the smooth body and creamy carbonation.
I haven’t been blown away with the Hill Farmstead beers I have had so far, but this was very impressive. At this point I would say it is one of the best porters I have had.
TBone (11731) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught@The Pony Bar, NYC
My first beer from this hyped brewery. Dark opaque color, small steady brown head. Chocolaty, dry roasted aroma. Full-bodied. Very roasted, some tobacco. Light bitterness in the finish. Very robust.
Damico (2302) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2013 Wow - I think it is the best porter hands down. The beer pours dark coffee unclear in color with a huge creamy caramel head on top, just about perfect. The aroma bring sweet roasted malt and coffee notes delicious in the nose. The flavor of roasted malts and bitter but smooth subtle coffee settle well on the palate. The body is the best part, so creamy and as big as an imperial porter, it puts it over the edge for sure.
sethbreaker (173) - New York, Greater London, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich Roasty aroma with notes of coffee. Big bold mouthfeel bitter licrorice chocolate and coffee. This is a complex beer that is very drinkable. Amazing
JoeTheYounger (1122) - Claremont, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared by sajaad. Black cola pour no head. Coffee and chocolate roast aroma. Taste is super roast and chocolate upfront and then the taste fades a bit. Great damn porter. Very robust.
Ontbeertaster (2257) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler pour, lots of chocolate in the aroma, the taste is very coco like and it had a sharp finish, but the flavours were very solid and it was very drinkable.