Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, - 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.
ClarkVV (4645) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 10/25/15, drunk 11/28/15. Thanks to AdamC as always.
Opaque black body is topped by a well-retained, light tan head.
Smoke and hops combine beautifully in the nose. Light ash, cigar and mild sardine. Not bacony/meaty and nicely dry, seemingly. Very clean, no alcohol. Could use a bit of saltiness, or maybe a touch more malt depth.
Assertive flavor shows a strong hop bitterness, lightly green and spicy. Smoke is ashy, strong and dry. Very, very rich, with a huge body and tons of sweetness. Between the ash, caramel and light booze, it seems the stuff is just too young or too sweet. But I can certainly appreciate the challenging smokiness. Very intense.
AirForceHops (5028) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml Oct, 28, 2015, thanks to AdamC! Pitch black with slow dying head. Aroma is noticeable smoked malt, mild cocoa, mellow roast.
Honestly I’m surprised on how balanced this is. The smoke is not overpowering and the roast, cocoa and earthy malt makes it pretty cohesive. Maybe a mild hint of licorice. I don’t like smoked malt in any brew. Body is medium plus with a dry smokey texture. That being said, this has high drinkability.
Chalumeaux (607) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle thanks AdamChandler October 28 2015. Pours black with a nice creamy beige head. Aromas of smoky malt chocolate and notes of coffee. Taste is well balanced and we’ll done.
WillRunForBeer (1735) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle dated 10/28/15, shared by AdamChandler. Thanks, Adam! Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, smoke. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, smoke. This has a nice balance of smoke and malt.
Heather_B (152) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with tan head. Smells like smoky wood and chocolate. Flavor ends a bit rough. Not the biggest fan.
corby112 (2716) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a frothy, two finger beige head that slowly settles into thick, lasting ring. Really good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Robust, slightly smokey aroma with hints of burnt wood, charcoal, smoked meat and campfire yet still retains porter characteristics. Not as intensely smokey as I expected but this allows hints of dark chocolate, toast, coffee and oatmeal to come through. Smoke stands out a bit more as it warms but it’s nicely integrated and not a complete smoke bomb.
Viscous and full bodied with a slight creamy texture and a very nice, rich smoke flavor that’s decently integrated into the roasted porter notes. Very dry and bitter up front with hints of charred wood, ash, charcoal and barbecued bacon countered by deeply roasted dark chocolate malt, burnt coffee and oatmeal. The ABV is well masked but the malt tastes more burnt than smoked. Lingering acrid bitterness hurts the flavor and drinkability a bit. There’s is a touch of sweetness balancing things out but this beer needs more of that. I’m a huge fan of smoke beers but there’s something slightly off here. Still, an enjoyable beer that I’m glad to have tried.
ctipping (539) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL growler . Originally reviewed 2/11/2013.
Pours a deep brown, almost black. Nice khaki head and good wisps that regenerate with every swirl.
Aroma is quite smokey, but it has a sweet caramel aroma with it. Deep roasted malt blends with the smoke.
The flavor has a pleasant amount of smoke. Caramel sweetness throughtout. The darker malts come through in the back. Bitter and very smokey in the finish. It gives it an interesting finish for a lager, but it’s rough.
Overly bitter. Nice until the very end, but excessively bitter.
Missing the HF magic. Never been the biggest fan of smoked beers and while the smoke improves the Baltic Porter, it’s rough in the end.
bytemesis (5185) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with thanks to nimbleprop! Pours clear black, medium tan head, dissipates slow, nice residual and lacing. Aroma is smoky, roasty, hints of anise, hardwood smoke. Flavor is light sweet, light plus bitter, nice smokiness, hardwood fires, hints of roast, anise, molasses. Medium body, silky mouthfeel. Tasty beer.
Scotty001 (474) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark brown, small beige ring. Aroma of dark chocolate and liquorice. Medium body, flavour similar to the aroma. Too much liquorice; otherwise, lightly sweet, moderately smoked.
kermis (8083) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared thanks to Zer0. Pours near black with a small tan head. Aroma of roast, burnt malt, light smoke, licorice, dark chocolate, toffee and caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a lingering light smokey finish. Over medium bodied with soft carbonation. Perfectly balanced.