Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opened on May 4, 2011. I have previously had the barrel-aged version, which was really nice, so I was looking forward to this. Thanks to RSchaeffer for the extra!
Pours black with two full fingers of thick tan head. Shaun knows his aesthetics. Ridiculous lacing. The only complaint is that the second pour yields almost too much head (four full fingers).
Smoky roast coffee, tons of milk chocolate, dark fruit and a nice milky creaminess. Toffee sweetness alongside a really pleasant spiciness. The sweeter and milky parts remind me of Velvet Merkin, but this features much more spicy balancing complexity and "robust," smoky elements.
Both milk and [xx%] cocoa dark chocolate, espresso roast coffee beans, peppercorn, and an ashy smokiness. The spicy oak found in the -bal version is here too. How? - I have no idea. More or less maps onto the nose.
At first, this has too much carbonation - medium-bodied, with full, expanding-in-the-mouth carbonation. Thirty minutes later, the creaminess characteristic of HFS comes through, and the body feels appropriately fuller.
Different, but pleasantly so. It’s almost exactly what I expected - spicy, somewhat smoky, rich, quietly oaky, with coffee and chocolate. A winner.
commonmac (950) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2016 Tap at The Farmhouse in Burlington with the ECBT crew. Deep black in color with a very attractive tan head. Aroma is big on coffee, chocolate malts, and a toasted nuttiness. Taste has a little smoky quality but predominantly chocolate, espresso, vanilla, and roasted notes. Smooth, silky mouthfeel with plenty of depth. Really enjoyable finish with lingering coffee aftertaste. One of the better porters I?ve had and not just because of the brewery name. Delicious.
baraciisch (2723) - California, USA - MAY 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown to almost black in color... Light tan head... Aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate... Mouthfeel is silky, lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, anise... Cocoa nib bitterness on palate, solid but I think the ratings are a little inflated cuz it's HF
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ciocanelu (885) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAY 18, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color with mocha head. Aroma has coffee, chocolate, caramel and sweet malts. taste follows with sweet coffee and roasted malts. Finishes with coffee bitterness. Body is medium with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Really good porter but I had higher expectations.
Rune (10620) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at WarPigs Brewpub, Hill Farmstead Day. Deep rosewood coloured body. A bubbly ring to the rim of the surface. Spotty lacing. Nicely roasted dark malty aroma. Similar flavours of dark malts, including moments of chocolate and coffee. Smoothly roasted aftertaste. Well bodied. Good drinking in the sun at the brewpub (shared with KimJohansen, Copenhagen 12.05.2016).
mstrcrwly (908) - New York, USA - MAY 16, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap,poured into a tulip glass..dark brown with a medium tan head..aroma
of chocolate,coffee,roasted nuts,espresso..tastes of all the previous..medium
chrisv10 (14239) - DENMARK - MAY 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Warpigs. very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, espresso and a little liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, hop, medium bitter, medium sweet and a little salt liquorice.
mariuspoenari (1073) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Warpigs, pre-CBC. Pitch black with an espresso head. Chocolate, cocoa roastness, espresso. Medium body with low carbonation and a bitter-sweet aftertaste.
Camons (9379) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Warpigs, Copenhagen. Pours black with a tan head, lacings. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, expresso, dark chocolate, light nuts. Flavor is malts, coffee, expresso, nuts. Medium body, average carbonation. 120516
LouisP (82) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
En fût au Three Penny Taproom de Montpellier, VT. La couleur est noire, très opaque, avec un bon collet de mousse. Le nez et le goût sont trèes près, avec notamment le malt grillé, un peu de torréfaction, café fin, chocolat, et lait. Wow! me laisse littéralement sans mots. La profondeur de ce porter est littéralement incroyable. L’arrière-goût de chocolat est incroyable, et même pour moi qui n’est pas très friand du goût de café, cette bière est extraordinaire. Re-wow.
olsvammel (5331) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Warpigs in Copenhagen. Smell of chocolate and caramel. Similar taste with dark malts and roasted aromas. Very tasty. Nice roasted and chocolaty malt base.