holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks again to Andrew for this. Brown black with a thin head. Roasted ashy aroma with some vanilla. Sweet roasted chocolate dry bakers chocolate. Good beer. Dry roast bitter finish. 7/4/8/4/15
Blairgus (4183) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
24 oct 2016, bottle. Black. Nose is outstanding! Meaty, some char. Med body and mildly fizzy. Meaty, earthy, tobacco, sweet and tobacco. Wow!
aleigator (809) - GERMANY - OCT 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a fluffy, bubbly, mocha colored head.
Smells of melted chocolate, toasted walnuts, rock sugar and unsweetened marzipan. The nose comes very well together, balanced by a mellow earth note, including a whiff of dough and flowers, adding to the prominent chocolate.
Has an utmost soft mouthfeel, creamy with a medium, malt relying body, featuring a lively carbonation burst, tickling the tongue during the finish.
Tastes of milk chocolate, bitter cocoa nibs, which add to the complexity of the silk chocolate, and toasted hazelnuts. Turns a tad dryer during the mid palate with even more cocoa nibs, a whiff of licorice and lots of soothing cream. Finishes with rock sugar, fudge and bitter chocolate, clean and soft.
Very well built Porter, pleasantly complex without loosing its focus at any point. Intense during the mid palate, while finishing surprisingly soft and calm.
MarcoDL (4226) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Hopishop 2016. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt and some choco. Taste has coffee, caramel, licorice and malt. Not bad, but very middle of the road.
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Hopishop. The best porter in the world according to this site - for what it’s worth. Lightly lacing, tan, moussy head quickly dissipating in the middle; very dark mahogany brown colour, blackish but still fully translucent. Aroma of beef stock cube and even gravy, walnut, home made caramel, dry liquorish candy, dried porcini, bitter chocolate, vague glue-like solvent effect but nothing disturbing. Sweet onset, hints of candied figs and dates, sourish undercurrent, beef stock-like umami accent from the nose returning immediately after the sweetness, softish carbo perfectly fit for the style, smooth oily mouthfeel, caramelly malt core with bitter chocolatey and mildly toasted ending, pleasant spicy hop notes blending in very well, lingering with the toasted malt bitterness, a tad grapefruity in the end, with a mild suggestion of warming alcohol. Very accomplished, rounded, easily drinkable porter, perhaps a bit too much tilted to the umami side for this style but I can see how this quality level in combination with limited production and even more limited distribution can create a hype.
jtseroy (13) - Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark with thick chocolate colored head. Incredible beer. Roasted malt, chocolate. Very smooth mouthfeel. Thanks to Frank for trading this to me. I absolutely will seek out more.
neongolden (1265) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(On tap @ Warpigs HF Day, Copenhagen, May 12 2016) Pours pitch black with a massive medium tan head and lace carpet. Aroma of coffee, light smoky notes, grain, dark malt, unsweetened chocolate. Palate is loaded with lightly burnt malts, cacao, ground coffee, toffee, light vanilla, pine boughs, mineral, moderately bitter hoppy finish with supporting roast. Mega balance. Medium full with below average carb. This is a pitch perfect ’normal’ porter that I could drink on any given day, the water chemistry seems to help hone quite typical elements into something much better than typical.
vincentvega72 (429) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Donkerzwart bier met fijne witte schuimkraag. Heel mooi licht rokerig aroma. Koffie, rook, chocolade, beetje tabak, rozijntjes. Maar als je een slok neemt vind ik dat het bier gelijk beetje verwatert in de mond. Beetje vlak. Kan ook liggen aan de flinke stouts die ik hiervoor had gedronken. Al bij al goeie porter maar geen wauw effect.
Sudz4Dayz (45) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle purchased on site at Hill Farmstead. Pours a thick oily black with an everlasting, thick brown foamy head. Aroma has some roastiness with a hint of cherry and chocolate. Taste roasty, coffee, chocolatey. Very Smooth mouthfeel and leaves a wonderful aftertaste of dark chocolate cocoa. Top notch Porter, best around.
tapefuzz (153) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 7, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewery. Nitro. Pours a nearly black dark brown with a large light brown head. Roasty aroma of coffee with some wood. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Lightly bitter coffee finish. Full body. Rich, creamy, and a little bit oily mouthfeel.
DuffMan (9610) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG by me. Very dark brown, light brown head.nmilk chocolate, brown bread, lightly nutty, dry finish. Balanced and rich.