orangesol (952) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a bottle at Capone’s during the Hill Farmstead party during Philly Beer Week.
A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall off white head leaving light wisps of lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of charred wood, chocolate, vanilla, smoked dark malt, and some dulled dark berry sweetness. I only detect the faintest hint of bourbon but I do get a bit more of the Cabernet.
T - Taste is pretty similar to the nose with hints of chocolate, smokey malt, and a very interesting dulled grape/wine taste from the Cabernet barrels. I don’t detect too much of the bourbon but I suspect it was swallowed up by all the dark flavors going on in this one. Finish has a good bit of smokey dark malt, lingering for some time. i liked this one, it is complex yet enjoyable.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, full, feel with plenty of lingering smokey roast in the finish. I expected more burn but I didn’t get too much. Very nice feel.
O - Pretty good. I have been very impressed with most of the beers I have had from Hill Farmstead so far, and I told Shawn Hill as much. This one was a tiny bit too smokey but the rest of the flavors were spot on and the blending was very well done. Glad I finally got to try one of the Fear And Trembling treatments.
piscator34 (2046) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample via Fred82, shard with oakbluff. Inky black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of smoked meat, caramelly bourbon barrel, dark chocolate, and a hint of red grapes. Strong flavours of pale and caramel malts, smoke, vanilla caramels, and more red wine.Lots of bourbon and wine flavour without being overly boozy. Heavy bodied with a lengthy finish. Potent yet balanced. Very nice.
Gription79 (2426) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bottle shared at the Utah holiday tasting. Notes of smoke, raisins, malty, red wine, and roasted malts. This was a surprise and a treat.
douglas88 (6818) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Geoff, thanks man! Pours a totally black color with a medium tan head. The aroma is huge smoke, like smoked fish, some roast and wood. A big Baltic Porter; roast, chocolate and huge smoke, cocoa, the wine comes in and drys it out and adds just a hint of sour fruit. Caramel and light sweetness that might come from the bourbon- not much barrel as much as a smoked porter here which is fine. Very drinkable.
Sledutah (5654) - Utah, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle shared at the 2011 Christmas Party
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium sized tan head and good lacing
Aroma:Roasted malts and smoked fish
Taste: Roasted malts, smoked meat, salty with a mild bitter finish
Very nice and enjoyable.
Ughsmash (7276) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle. Poured deeper cola brown with a tall cap of dark tan head. The aroma picked up warm maple, ashy smoke, and chocolate surrounded by soft oak, deep bourbon sugars, and more smoke.. the barrel was secondary, and worked well with the base beer. The flavor found a lot of warm smoked malts the whole way through.. again maple and chocolate sugars for support.. dry, grainy edges with oak, bourbon, and smoky remnants.. a little vinous sourness around there too.. finished very dry and grainy, carrying through warm sugars, smoked malt, and just a touch of barrel. Medium-bodied and dry as mentioned on the palate.. a little too much focus on the smoked malts.. nice level of roast to it.. overall a very tasty brew.
Damico (2787) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells like straight smoked malts, almost bacon. Pours dark chestnut brown with a nice light tan head. The flavor of smoked malts dominates with some bitter notes as well.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at rbwg 3/5/11.
orange-y dark porter color with a few bubbles for a head.
sweet smoky aroma... almost like teriyaki jerky mixed with wood barrel, vinous fruit, vanilla and spiciness.
sweet warming flavor with a nice level of smokiness. additional notes from the aroma of maple and black pepper.
it is fuller bodied and rich but not thick... actually, it is quite quaffable. 8/3/8/4/16
fbm115 (184) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another bottle I had a hard time resisting. Pours black colored liquid that gives a medium sized brown head. The foam cap is smooth and recedes patiently. Much like the other two… Though the smell definitely contains slight vinous oak with a mild spirit component. There is a good deal of roasty smokey chocolately malt. Clean smokey smell. Taste is rich with roasty chocolate smoke with a bit a sweetness cleaned up by a touch of bitterness. The vinous oak comes through a bit more than the spirit. Mouthfeel is super smooth, rich, creamy low carbonation. I thought I didn’t like smoked beers before these. The smoke is there but it’s all in balance.
czar (5225) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at hill farmstead harvest festival. very dark brown, red tint, with a decent medium beige head, retention and lacing. nose is malted sweetness, tons of bourbon, roasted maple sweetness - never cloying, light smoke. soft carbonation, full body, medium long bitterness. just awesome!