brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My disdain for the BA versions of this beer saw me enter into this brew with the expectation that I wouldn't like it, and I'm happily surprised this isn't the case. I generally dislike smoked beers, yet the subtle smokiness here blends nicely with the richness of the malt base. Dry porter yeast concludes the experience on a high note. Quite good, as one would expect from HF.
Reynolds314 (2833) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the best use of smoked malts to date. Really robust rich creamy baltic porter with the perfect amount of roasty smokey malts and a rich lightly sweet chocolatey base porter. Wow I love it and Im glad i bought 6.
Ernesto987 (4620) - Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfect blend of smoke and roasted barley, thick rich body and a ashy finish, awesome!
PhillyCraft (3937) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draft at Hill Farmstead, this was my favorite beer of the entire vermont trip. Very De Molen esque Pour was dark brown, pretty much black with medium sized coffee head. Good lacing and staying power. Notes were super rich, roasty, peat, chocolate, sweet malts, marshmallow fluff, burnt caramel, and hops. Body was medium to heavy but never overbearing. No booze at all for the alc percentage. Liked this better then the french oak cabernet and bourbon barrel version. Cheers Shaun.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Leighton on the bus at RBWG. Another new HF beer and from the dude who now lives across the big pond! I will take it. The base beer for those early baltic porter treatments, I did not realize this beer existed ; so it makes sense that its a new beer as I can see here in the CD. Pours a muddy dark brown with a small yellow tan head, nice lacing as always with HF. Nose is dark chocolate, smoke is there but not overpowering, light roast, coffee. Flavor is similar, more easy drinking and BP-like than a smoke beer which is fine by me (not that i dont like the smoke! I do I do! )
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL growler.
Pours a dark, clearish brown with a light brown head. Nose of smoked malt, cocoa, vanilla; more sweet than bitter. Smooth flavor of a rich porter that is complemented by the smoked malt and not overwhelmed by it. I liked Holger Danske but I’d think if that was too much smoke for someone, this would be an agreeable compromise with the fuller, richer body and sweeter dark fruit and cocoa like flavor.
Sledutah (6030) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Leighton during our marathon RBWG bus tour or Jacksonville
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts and mild smokiness
Taste: Smoky, dark malts, grainy and ashy
Nice and tasty
Macegan75 (750) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler at CAH for bottle day. Nose is burnt sugar, roasted malted and mild maple. flavor is similar with toasted flavors and asky smoke. flavors linger
Dorwart (2439) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice strong light brown head of fine and dense bubbles. Head reduces slowly and leaves a nice sheet of lacing. Smoked malts, terriaki sauce, dark berries and some roasted grains. Color is a very dark brown. Wow, very flavorful. Lots of sweet malts, light smoked jerky meat, molasses, mild coffee and some licorice. Mild alcohol presence. Smoke is present but not overpowering at all. Perfectly balanced. Pretty clean finish with some lingering malts and roasted grains. A very good and plesant brew to drink. Thanks to Fredward for this one.
drowland (6812) - Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/22/13. Bottle from Leighton during RBWG! Deep brown pour with a nice brown head. Smoke and sweet roasted malts in the aroma and flavor with chocolate. Nice.