Fred82 (2115) - 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 !
MJGG (951) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille de 500 ml, merci beaucoup à David. Arômes intenses de café noir, de chocolat et de malt torréfié. Robe noire et opaque, belle dentelle moka, effervescence naturelle et assez active pour le style. Plutôt intense et complexe en bouche, on retrouve de la torréfaction sous plusieurs formes (café, chocolat noir, malt) et une présence asséchante du fût de chêne. Beau corps souple et moyennement sucré et très longue finale de torréfaction. L’alcool est très bien dissimulé.
Minderbinder (1883) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with very low brown head. Good lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, sweetness. Palate: Full bodied. Overall: Very good, slightly "green" (weirdly enough).
tom10101 (2909) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (500 ml). Traded by Max L., thanks! Black with a medium creamy brown head and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, Madeira, citrus, dark fruits and chocolate. Taste is of Madeira, roasted malt and citrus. Palate is rich and creamy. Good, tasty, easily drinkable and well balanced RIS. Quite pleasant!
JulienHuxley (3256) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark black pour, dark brown head. Aroma of orange, roasted malt, dark chocolate, some rye spiciness. Taste is roasty, mix of citrus and dark chocolate, good balance. Palate is rich and creamy, quite smooth.
mcberko (6692) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle, sent from cstromberg (thanks a lot, Chris), pours hey black with a substantial foamy tan head. Aroma is very complex, with notes of rye, coffee and red wine barrels all surfacing about equally. There is a mild roast character as well. Flavour brings out the rye upfront, with subdued coffee and roasted malt notes, leaving fairly vinous notes on the finish from the red wine barrels. The barrels are not overdone, accentuating the other characteristics nicely. Age has probably greatly diminished the coffee. Palate is quite carbonated, often a problematic effect from barrel aging. Great stuff, but below the par excellence usually produced by Shaun et al.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pour from a bottle into a glass gave a dark brown black color with a nice tan mocha head. Aromas of cocoa, coffee. Medium bodied with perfect mouthfeel. Flavors are immensely complex and delicious. Roasted smoky malt, dark roast coffee, vanilla, oak and in the background the Madeira wine from the barrel. Not overly sweet or sticky and finishes dry enough. Fantastic beer and one of my new favorite stouts!
hopscotch (9214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours midnight black with a small, creamy, brown head. Decent retention. The nose is a warming, luxuriant assortment of fudge, coconut, roasted nuts and ethanol. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The flavor is intensely sweet, carbonic and acrid, featuring loads of charcoal and heaps of deeply-roasted coffee. Finishes burnt and bittersweet. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
brystmar (1276) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Been wanting to try this for awhile. Tiny bubbles galore clue me in that this is MASSIVELY over-carbonated, especially for the style. Coffee on the palate, roasted malt joins but not really that much complexity overall. Hmm, I really expected more from HF.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Moll for a pour of this one. Nose is quite interesting with some lightly-tangy fruit and nice barrel character beside roast and chocolate. Nice stout base and good barrel character. Really interesting. Smooth body. Quite good.