madmitch76 (21227) - , 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 (17802) - 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.
mcberko (13022) - 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.
Scopey (11785) - 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.
hopscotch (10532) - 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!
GT (9933) - Oceanside, 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.
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2013 My Bottom Line:
Wood, coffee, rye and cereal cookies merge before fruit and wood take over this complex Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam protects the impenetrable darkness.
-The second half is particularly fruity.
-Mouthfeel is quite chewy, almost viscous.
-Complexity is out of this world, as usual for Hill Farmstead.
-A touch of chocolate adds even more depth.
-This is aging very well. Was very good when it came out, but it’s even better now a few months later.
TaktikMTL (6943) - Montréal, 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)
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at GonzoIllini’s Birthday Party (Western Springs, IL). Happy Birthday, Tony! Pours a rich blackish pour in body, deep and dark with a good haze, some amber dark edges. A big cakey tannish head that sticks, laces well. Aromas are gentle spice and yeas(, coolness, estery fruit, gentle toastiness. Initial is really nice, rich flavors, some toast, apple, kiss of cocoa. Some more apple, pear, citrus, spice and yeast. Gentle toastiness, kiss of marshmellow, roast, toast, and kiss of cocoa. Faint coffee, yeasty gentle fruit, touch of tartness and dryness into the backend and finish. Some toast, gentle roast, faint cocoa, and richer fruit and dryness. Quite nice. I must say the barrel on this one really ups the complexity. Nice.
jackl (6782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.