MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My Bottom Line :
Nut skins, earth and coffee greet leafy, wooden hops in this beautifully developed Brown Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam covers the dark brown.
-The mouthfeel is comfortable, not too sweet, but not exactly lean either.
-Malt flavors are so well developed, they make this beer memorable. Which is quite rare for a Brown Ale, a style a lot of breweries seem to dial in.
-These malt flavors are almost smoky at times as well.
On tap at Prohibition Pig and Farmhouse Tap & Grill.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.
Pours pitch black with mahogany edges and a half finger light beige head that slowly fades into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Sweet, vinous aroma with dark fruit, licorice and anise along with sweet chocolate and dark malts. Theres also a sweet citrus hop character. Really unique aroma.
Medium bodied with an odd medicinal feel and weird combination of sweet and roasted malt, spice and citrusy hops. Hints of licorice, anise, sweet chocolate and vinous dark fruit. Finished slightly bitter with citrusy hops and a lingering unpleasant aftertaste.
blipp (6709) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours brown with a thin beige head. Nutty sweet aroma with a touch of roasted malts, chocolate, and floral hops. The flavor has nutty and chocolate malts, light roasted malts, and floral hops. Nice.
Theis (14246) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Blind Tiger, NYC - at Vermont Night. Cloudy brown - offwhite head. Nutty. Red berries. Fruity. Berries. High malty. Ok hoppy. Nice. Chocolate. Dusty cocoa powder. Nice.
jredmond (6021) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Blind Tiger. Pours a dark brown body with thin off white, brown lacing, and a decent amount of carbonation. Aroma is light roast, dark fruit, bread, and huge hop. Mouthfeel is carbonated with nice fresh citrus hops, light smoke, roast, and light cocoa.
PhillyCraft (3764) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pour is a crimson purple color with med head. Aromas and flavors of roast malts, burnt raisin bread, cocoa, nuts, and coffee. Soft mouthfeel. Taste has more of the hops with some nice fruit and piney notes coming out with the raisin and breadiness. Warming in the chest for 6%.
dogfish120love (1028) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a whopper center colored frothy lacing. Aroma has a slight hint of metal probably stemming from a hops vs malt. Dense carbonation. Incredibly drinkable. Notes of hot cocoa and coffee with a slight hint of citrus. Incredibly bitter for a brown ale
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A rich nutty brown ale with a generous hopping. Very good
How: Tap at the brewery and then tap at Black Back Pub, Waterbury VT
The look: Cloudy dark burgundy body topped by a small beige head with good retention
In long: Nose is has toasted raisin bread, resinous fruity and wooden hops. Taste has plenty of walnuts, raisins, a bit of cacao, toasted brown bread, luscious caramel, light maple sensation and a whole lot of fruity and wooden hops with a resinous character. Overall very creamy and full. Obviously very hoppy (it’s Hill Farmstead) but this one is actually well balanced and doesn’t feel like a darker nutty IPA. It does feel like a brown ale, albeit a very hoppy one. I liked it a lot. Another beer I drank during my little Vermont pub crawl the day of the Birth of Tragedy & Daybreak release, there was a lot of beer drinking involved on that day but thankfully I have my wife for designated driver, so these “Don’t Drink and Drive” ads may be successful at preventing drunk driving but I still think we live in a screwed up society when they send organ donor cards to someone like me.
pushkinwow (2213) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Parker Pie Company. Brown with a light creamy brown head. Roasted malts, nuts, earthy, light chocolate and coffee, hint of maple syrup and some molasses. Moderate carbonation and body, slight bitterness as it becomes more dry and nutty. Very refreshing.
AdamJackson (3426) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Thanks to the Three Penny Taproom for having this on tap! $6 poured into a Hill Farmstead glass. It was served a bit too cold for a honey ale.
A - I’d call this a very dark Newcastle. It looks more like a porter than most brown ales. Poured a 2 finger head but quickly went away after a minute.
S - Brown sugar, nutmeg, cloves, honey and fresh cut grass. I’d love to have a bottle of this on a hot summer day served super duper cold.
T - Birch syrup with cedar and lots of honey. It starts light and airy but finishes with a nice birch flavor. I love the honey and syrupr flavors and how well they go together! This is a great beer.
M - Heavy like a porter. Very dense but surprisingly perfect.
O -"I think this is a fantastic beer! It’s clearly hard to find so I’m glad they had it on tap along with 5 other Hill Farmstead beers.