Beerathon (1682) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Honestly don’t know if it’s possible for a porter to be better than this. Black in color with creamy brown head and lacing. Huge chocolate and coffee aroma/flavor. A slight whiskey and vanilla undertone comes through as well as it warms. LOVE THIS!
jbeatty (1241) - New York, USA - MAY 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 05/13/2013. Pours black, creamy, dense light tan head with great retention. Aroma has big cloudy yeast to begin with, then into the more classic porter notes: chocolate brownie, very dark, roasted malts, coffee finish, a lot of depth. Taste is rich, chocolate mousse, softer roast component than the nose, vanilla, hoppy bitterness in a dry finish. Body is full, super creamy, one of the standout features. Took me a bit by surprise, very nice is an understatement.
gramity (1600) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Tommy for the bottle! 2013. Aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, citrus hops and toast. Very nice nose. Pitch black with an average light tan frothy head that really wanted to stick around and left good lace. Flavor is medium sweet and medium/heavy bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft with a medium finish. Overall a real surprise. Easily a top 3 porter for me - I’d need side-by-side to rank which is the best. Fantastic beer! Loved it.
kimjongill (207) - - MAY 10, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great coffee aroma. Great taste with just the right bite. Missing a little of the silky mouthfeel in done porters that I love, but otherwise a perfect example of that style.
DocLock (9668) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bomber at PUB’R headquarters. Poured dark brown withtan head that laced well. Nose is roasty choc malt, cacao, chocoff, hops. Complex taste and finish, with a well-balanced flavor of upfront roasty dark malt, cacao, yeast, and hops. I like to call this a Belgian Imperial porter.
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally, I get to try a bead from HF. Pour is black with a nice size brown head. The nose is big roasted coffee, nutty, some light chocolate and a little smoke. The taste is a very balanced bittersweet through the end. The texture is soft, smooth, body is medium and the finish is long. Very good.
Hair6a11 (1469) - Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle; Pour is dark brown with a two finger fine bubbled khaki head in this glass ; I thought the appearance was perfect. Retention is above average in this glass, with above average lacing here; the nose is chocolate morsels, anise, roasted coffee bean. At this point, it’s easily my favorite porter. Bittering hops blend seamlessly into the malt profile initial; more chocolate morsels and a touch of cake here. roasted coffee, light caramel, with a silky mouth feel here, moving to a touch of bitterness near the finish - A great brew.
birdmachine (226) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500mL bottle shared among friends at Original Gravity in San Jose. Big thanks to Seth for this one! Poured into a mini snifter glass. Escapes the bottle with a thick and oily viscosity. This batch does not appear to be very well carbonated. No head, some spotty bubbles here and there. Swirling the beer around leaves noticeable legs and no lacing. Aroma is stout-like, with lots of roasted malts, a touch of smoke/ash and faint chocolate and dark fruits hiding in there. Still very inviting. Taste is exceptional, with all that roast, sweet chocolate, smoke and coffee working together to create a perfect blend of mocha like creme brûlée with a smooth and silky finish. I was prepared for the finish to be more bitter, but instead am taken aback by how smooth and balanced this beer is. Lots of silky milk chocolate, mocha, honey, and almost nutty with a nice alcohol warmth. The body is again, perfect like all the rest of the HF beers. Carbonation is really low, but doesn’t seem to affect the taste or feel of the beer at all. After taste is yet again, more of the same honey-like mocha sweetness that isn’t overpowering because it is well balanced by the roasted and smokey malts. Exceptional porter and by the far the best I’ve ever had. This beer is no joke.
toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 750ml growler. S: The smell its strong on this one, almost like a BA beer, I get dark chocolate, chared, a deep roast, oak nuts and some hops. A: Almost completly black, if you hold it up the light the only red highlight is between the foam and black liquid. This has a nice thick brown head about an inch. T: this is just smooth, giving you mouth chocolate, almonts, dark roast, charred, ending with some marshmallow, and in the back of the throat you get some piney hops which was a little bit weird. The hops killed this beer a bit. M: Pretty much medium all the way. O: A great porter, a style I dont acutually drink to much unless its an imperial, but those hops just kind of killed it in here.
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dégustée en fût au Farmhouse Tap & Grill à Burlington, VT. De couleur brune très foncée et opaque. Nez de malt rôti aux notes brûlées, léger de café, de chocolat, de mélasse et de houblon herbeux avec des notes de toffee et de pain grillé. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-doux ainsi qu’une texture moyennement crémeuse. Goût d’un mélange de chocolat au lait et de chocolat noir avec des notes de mélasse et de fumée (tourbe) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt rôti et légèrement brûlé avec un léger goût de pain grillé ainsi que des traces de toffee puis en finale l’on retrouve une légère amertume de houblon herbeux avec un léger goût de café. Post-goût moyen-long, légèrement amer de rôti, de houblon herbeux avec des notes de café et quelques traces fumées. (17 avril 2013)