nimbleprop (6342) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle I picked up in Greensboro. Pours a slightly viscous, opaque black with some creamy, off white head. Nose of licorice and molasses, some burnt caramel, some smoke, a little lamb fat, some toasted chestnuts. Flavor is very solid, sweet, black licorice, molasses, some dark bread, a little raisin, some chocolate, more smoke, caramelized lamb fat. Clean, albeit slightly sweet finish.
dmac (4958) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle via trade. Poured a medium density black body with ana verage sized frothy beige head. Aroma is medium smoke with lots of chocolate pudding, touch of soy and cola, touch of raisins and wet burnt toast. Medium body with average carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel that finishes smokey. Flavor is way more smokey than the aroma, burnt toast, slightly harsh, camp fire and some smoked pork skin. Good stuff.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A well malted and medium smoky black beer with just the right amount of everything.
How: Tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury VT. Then a fresh 500ml bottle home.
The look: Very very dark mahogany body (pretty much black) topped by a medium tan head with good retention.
In long: Nose is medium smoky with a smoke character that is part smoked pull-pork and part campfire. Body has a rich malt backbone with a velvety pillow texture with a perfectly levelled medium carbonation. The malts offer flavors of chocolate brownies, caramel, almonds, all-grain brown bread. The smoke is strong part of the flavor spectrum but doesn’t overwhelmed the beer, this is smoky beer, not an uber-smoky beer. Very nice meaty and woody smoke. More hoppy than usual for the style but less hoppy than usual for a Hill Farmstead beer. The hop profile feels leafy, fresh tobacco and even a bit citrusy. Despite a rich malty body the sweetness sensation is kept in check. Very enjoyable offering, I preferred this base beer over all three barrel aged treatments of this beer I had before. And if I ever go missing and the tv says “5 feet 11, long brown hair, was last seen driving a truck full of Hill Farmstead beers”, please don’t look for me, I’m hiding, I don’t wanna be found.
mcberko (10565) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of light toasted malt, some chocolate / cocoa, and a bit of smoke. Flavour is very robust, especially for a porter, with a wonderful mix of smoked meat, roasted malt and a bit of chocolate. Full-bodied and with a wonderful balance of flavours. Finishes semi-sweet and smoked meaty. Great stuff, but perhaps not on the samel level of most other HF beers.
Christian (11983) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a lasting tan head. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate, a little smoke and some dried fruit. Sweet roasted flavour with chocolate and smoke. Clean and balanced, good flavour, but a little too sweet for me
Dedollewaitor (14916) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Trade with AdamJackson. Thanks. Cracked at the Pre C4 Pale Ale Festival Odense, 2013. Pours black with a creamy head and lacings. Nose is roast, meat, hops, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is roast, liquorice, smoke and chocolate. Some salty liquorice. Smooth and dry. :-) The guy is a genius!
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle generously shared by a kind soul at RBWG. Pours a hazy brown with an off-tan head. Nose is roasted malts, some smoke, some dark chocolate, some slight bacon. Flavor is similar with roast, smoke, dark chocolate, slight meat, and some earth. Dark and mysterious, medium in body and lingering chocolatey smoke in the finish.
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Andrew. Black brown with a thin head. Super smoked meat aroma. Smoked salmon in the UP or beef jerky or fire on the beach. Smooth slick body. Meaty creamy malt flavors. Lots of roast. Meaty and delicious. 9/4/9/4/17
deekyn (1428) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- thick syrupy black, with medium tan head that dissipates to a thin characterless skin.
S- up front are strong earth notes as well as espresso, caramel, vegetables and medium smoke. Dry and musty oak are also present. The end is more espresso and earth with some chocolate and mild alcohol.
M- A medium dense but light body and good carbonation. Intense towards the middle with subtle ending.
T- a bitter beginning with strong coffee, espresso and earth - some bittersweet chocolate to follow in the smooth middle. Smoke is quite subtle and more apparent towards the light end and coupled with little pepper spice, vegetable and caramel malts. Grassy and soapy hops start after the chocolate and flourish towards the end.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Drew. Thanks, dude! Pours a rich deep blackish hue, near opaque, dark and full with a frothy tannish head. Fuller ring laces ok. Aromas are smokey, gentle roasty and coffee element. Some mellow cherrywood, earthy smoke. Faint campfire, some cocoa, toffee and toast. Initial is fuller body, some nice gentle sweetness, cocoa and gentle toffee. Touches of smoke and mellow roast as we round the corner. Some cocoa, silky sweet middle glides over the palate, fairly crushable for what the beer is. A bit soapy, bitter and dry as we start to round the corner. A bit dry, smokey, and bitter. Some roastiness, mellow spice. Really well put together, some good rich flavors, good balance of flavors, mellow spice as we round out. Overall, it’s not a big brooding girthy beer. Instead it thins out a touch, yet doesn’t detract. Really just a well constructed beer.. My only concern (not for this beer) might be that this beer is a touch thin to stand up to barrel aging (having never had any of those versions). Either way, a fantastic beer. Creamy and luscious with a rich and enjoyable smoke presence.