mcox90 (1527) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a growler shared by Adam Jackson. Pours black with a thin khaki head which disappears quickly. Aroma speaks of light coffee with cream, caramel and chocolate. Flavor is milk chocolate, more light coffee, a little roast and just a kiss of earthy hops. Medium to heavy body and smoooooth! Thanks Adam for sharing this.
puboflyons (2073) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a growler. Thanks Adam. The pour is nearly black with a modest tan head. Opaque. The aroma has a good dark malt and chocolate note going on. Thin to medium body but smooth. The taste also has a wonderful dark malt and chocolate flavor. The beer lives up to ts reputation.
Bacterial (1413) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Prohibition Pig. Dark brown pour with no head. Roasted malt nose. Chocolate roasted malt and a nice hop background. A touch of heat in the finish. Yummy.
Jool (183) - - MAY 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille 500 mL. Brune opaque à mousse brune pâle. Belle présence en bouche, sans être tapissante. Pain grillé, espresso et chocolat cacao 100%. Belle porter, encore plus agréable en fût selon moi.
gEUS (1001) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the CMLSG cellar tasting. Note: this is more of a strong Porter or even a Stout in when it comes to body and aroma’s. Anyhow, it is really good: lots of burnt coffee beans, dark chocolate and cocoa. Pretty balanced body and full rich chocolate taste. Very soft and smooth palate.
bigda83 (130) - Jamestown, New York, USA - APR 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with me from a friend. He had it cellared for about a year since his trip to Vermont. Appearance was black and oily, good amount of head and lacing. Still very fresh and carbed, even with the year age on it. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, coffee, and some roasting and smokiness. Taste was a good mix of chocolate and coffee flavors with a deep smoky flavor mixed in there with a caramel sweetness. I spent about 45 minutes on my half of the bottle. Flavors were just as good chilled as when it warmed up. Very filling and satisfying beer with a complex mix of flavors and aromas. Hopefully my first Hill Farmstead taste won’t be my last!
dfroms (215) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small pour at Brouwerij Lane. Nearly black with small tan head. Aroma is unreal coffee, Valrhona chocolate, prunes, marshmallow, roasted grain, stewed cherries, hazelnut. Taste is coffee and bitter chocolate with a pronounced almond praline sweetness balanced by hop bitterness. So smooth and rich, yet not over the top. Insanely good porter and deserving of the hype.
kermis (4796) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the 2014 tasting in the Cellar of Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Pours near black with a small tan head. Aroma of roast, milk chocolate, caramel, light coffee and dough. Flavour is over moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Over medium bodied with soft carbonation.
vodka4blood (84) - 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 (480) - 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.