vodka4blood (80) - Milton, Vermont, Vermont, USA - MAR 19, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: caramel, chocolate, coffee, earthy, smoke
Appearance: black, very black, as in oily and almost sinister, light-will-not-pass-through BLACK
Taste: heavy cloying sweetness(for a porter, In my experience so far), medium bitterness, and though the definition of "taste" here does not include smoke, I can only conclude that either people like have mutant tastebuds which can sense smokiness, or, more likely, It really really is that smoky.
Most full, complex mouthfeel & aftertaste Ive had next to weizenbock.
I feel very privileged to live less than 2hrs. drive from the brewery, and wish them all the success they deserve for producing such wonderful beer.
jdb288 (472) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade. Pours black with decent tan head. Aroma is coffee first, then some cocoa, vanilla. Taste is just amazing - I was shocked at the medium-full body of this beer when it’s only 7.5%. Just a great, nicely rounded combination of chocolate, coffee, caramel, maybe a bit of licorice. One of the finer porters I’ve had.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1589) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A porter from Hills Farmstead, who knew? Shared by Rei on the occasion of Hypo Luxa heading back to the US. Drunk from a Mikkeller tulip glass. Inky black pour with a thin lingering tan head. Rich coffee with some roastiness. Light bodied, very roasty coffee flavor. Very soft smooth mouthfeel but a bit on the light side. Not complex but incredibly solid.
Hypo_Luxa (53) - Osaka, JAPAN - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle and aged about a year.
Aroma is sweet raisins.
Light bodied. Coffee and very light vanilla. Liquid smoke. Mocha.
Something more there but can find it.
Would like to try this on tap.
devman171 (878) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2014 Bottle pours black with low head and carb. Aroma is roast and pine with coffee and chocolate notes. Taste is similar, lots of chocolate and bitter finish
cpetrone84 (1271) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is dark brown, almost black, with a thin coffee brown ring. Nose is roasted barley, cocoa, hint of roasted coffee and a bit dusty. Taste has more malt sweetness, lightly roasted barley with strong cocoa, coffee lingers in finish. Full bodies, smooth and creamy with strong carbonation. There is more malt sweetness in the taste, towards the back of the palate adding some nice depth.
Berard (261) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Pours black with thick creme white head. Smells of sweet coffee/chocolate with little carbonation. Substantial with chocolate and coffee flavors.
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mrmartin (655) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black with a small tan head. Fairly flat. Nose was Roasted malts coffee,chocolate, caramel. Hops hidden behind the roastiness. Smooth body. Lovely smooth finish. Now that’s a porter.
Found on tap at GoodBeer NYC
beerfest5 (1127) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting notes from 12/6/12
Oil black with a small tan head. Little carbonation, just enough. Roasted coffee, banana, burnt sugar, vanilla maybe. Some resiny hop character in the taste. Finish is velvety.
Jow (2005) - New York, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the Jeffrey. Pours dark brown with not too large of head. Nose of cocoa and dark fruit. Tastes of dark chocolate, raisins, toasted malt, graham crackers, and soy sauce. Creamy palate with nice carbonation to at some zing. Lingering palate of chocolate. Nice to see HF back in city