RussianDragon (420) - - AUG 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle shared by Huhzubendah, thanks Matt! Pours a very dark brown color of prunes/near black with hues of dark cherry juice when backlit. Fading beige head moves to the edge, and pours nearly still. Aroma is riasted malt, light smoke, peat, whiskey, oak, dark fruits with prune, cherry, rye and light cinnamon notes. Flavor is same with coconut sweetness in addition to above. Full bodied with silky creamy mouthfeel, subdued carbonation, and sweet tobacco finish. Delicious.
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to Dan for sharing, tasted 03/02/2014. Pours dark black, medium dark tan head fades to a fizzy haze over half the surface, medium ring of lacing left behind. Aroma is sharp coffee, bitter roast grounds, moderately sweet dark chocolate and toffee, vanilla, marshmallow, lingering fruity character. Taste is dark chocolate baking powder, marshmallow, round coffee roast, dark fruity finish with earthy barrel notes. Becomes more complex and differentiated as the beer warms. Medium thick body, could use a bit more depth to round things out. Really nice.
biggirlpanties (181) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL. Rating this for my husband’s bday since I hate rating. Pours deep black with good carbonation. Aroma is fresh coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon. Taste is molasses, steak fat, some of that bleu cheese GT is harking on about. Creme brulee, dark fruits from the Madeira, hazelnut. Palate is silky, dense, a tad too sweet for me. Balances out in the long, drier, bitter finish.
GT2 (8332) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500mL thanks to djrn2 on BA. Pours inky with higher, red foam. Tepid pour still generates a slightly overcarbonated head. Lacing is nuts- super coating, webby. Martian rust red color. Awesome. Nose is savory, a lot of black crayon, tar, and au poivre peppercorn steak. A lot different than expected. Moves to charred figs, dates, raisins with flashes of soy. Complex, keeps you guessing. Taste up front is stickier sweet with a longer peppery finish. Dense body is cut by higher carbonation in the mouthfeel. Fatty steak with caramelized figs/gorgonzola bitter cheese combo as it warms. But there is also buttery, melted French dark chocolate truffle. The Madiera barrel manifests as a sweeter grape and then richer dark fruits in both the nose and taste. It’s initial sweetness in the taste gets killed by tar, bitter chocolate, and bitter gorgonzola/bleu cheese with density. Really a crazy, wildly complex beer that still falls clearly into the RIS category.
TaktikMTL (5700) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bouteille de 500 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de café torréfié et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col brun mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café avec une pointe de chocolat au lait. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de chocolat en arrière goût. (Rating #4737)
jackl (4559) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Stouts Tasting Pt II. Cheers to Bruce for landing this! The pour’s deep brown with a tiny tan head. The aroma’s roast coffee, bitter dark chocolate. Nice accents from the port barrel aging. Plenty of jammy vinous notes. The taste is chocolate-dipped dark fruit. Moderately spicy woody bitterness. Rich caramel and toffee. Port-soaked cherry. Slightly hot on the finish. Full body. Supple and smooth. Effortless stuff. Once again, Hill Farmstead delivers.
Scopey (6651) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle consumed at THE stouts tasting part 2, thanks to Bruce. It pours opaque darkest brown with a small dark tan head. The nose is roasty, rich coffee, toffee, toasted coconut, vanilla, light tang, berry (particularly bramble) and dark fruit. The taste is rich roast, intense coffee, sumptuous fruitiness, blackcurrant, red grape, bramble, jam, tanginess, toast, nice bitterness, light ash, some acidity and warming alcohol with a rich, roasty finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and viscous mouth-feel. Rich, good depth of flavour and interesting flavour profile. Pretty delicious.
madmitch76 (14677) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
19th March 2013
Stouts and Porters II. Big thanks to Bruce for this lovely beer. Opaque dark brown beer, tidy short lived tan head. Light coffee nose. Palate is soft, airy and dry. Light tangy coffee, madeira like dark fruits, mild malt cream. Supermild minerals. Finishes soft with a light touch of oak. Tangy coffee and dark fruits aftertaste. Unusual and well balanced. Really rather good!
Leighton (10674) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 Bottle shared at Bruce’s, London during The Stouts Tasting, Pt. II - big thanks to Bruce! Pours oily black with a dense, small brown cap. Some deep, woody notes in the nose, hints of nuts, tangy dark fruits. Medium to big sweet flavor, rich and dry cocoa, burnt wood, light alcohol sting, perhaps some cherries and other tangy dark fruits. Medium to full bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Warming finish, some earthy bitterness, creamy chocolate, burnt wood, earth, baking cocoa. Delicious, balanced, layered. Just lovely.
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle from the brewery.
Appearance : Pitch black with small foamy head.
Aroma : Rich vanilla with rich woody notes. Big coffee with light hops.
Taste : Great coffee with roasted malt. Slightly astringent with nice vanilla notes but not too much. Light warm spirit notes on the finish with lots of persistent coffee and roasted malt.
Palate : Average carbonation, maybe a bit on the strong end of the spectrum.
Overall : Interesting as always with HFB. Coffee might be overpowering this beer a bit. Carbonation is also a bit strong. Still, I like the balance between the malt, the hops and the vanilla notes. I also really like the long persistent finish. All in all, for me, this beer is not as good as the usual HFB brews but it’s still a very good beer... just not stellar as it often is !