FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Fitz. Pours brown with a small off white head. Aroma is very simple, basic, some malt and doughiness, herbal and a touch piney and citric hop note. Flavor is much more sweet, strong malt character, bready and caramel before a stronger hop finish. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Good for a style that Im not too big on.
changeup45 (1707) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flip top bottle courtesy of chouffe. Well, it finally took one of my least favorite styles for me to be less than thrilled with a Hill Farmstead beer. With that said, this is still a good beer and probably blows most Brown Ales out of the water. The pour is a dark brown with some ruby red sneaking through and on top is a medium sized tan foam. The aroma mixes chocolate, toasted grains, caramel, and mild soot. The initial flavors are of bakers chocolate and sweet caramel, that give way to some roasted coffee, and finally, a bitter hoppy and dry finish. There’s underlying nutty and vanilla notes throughout. Carbonation is spot on and there’s a pretty good firm body to this. This is really well crafted and I bet exactly what the master Shaun Hill was going for. But in the end, it’s still a Brown Ale.
radarsock (823) - Vermont, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the source. Pours a deep brownish mahogany with an off-tan frothy head. Tastes and smells of hop extract, caramel, rust, and earth. I don’t typically enjoy Brown Ales, but this is as close to Brown Ale perfection that I’ve come across. Very drinkable.
johnnnniee (2038) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the source.
Pours a solid dark brown, black color with a decent sized off white head that persists forever. Smells of caramel and chocolate malts a healthy shot of earthy citrus and pine to provide some balance. The flavor follows the aroma, sweet caramel, bread and chocolate maltiness with a solid shot of citrus and earthy hop flavor. Light hop bitterness provides nice balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy grainy mouthfeel. This is a damn fine brown ale right here. Its tough to get a great brown ale because the style is a bit on the boring side, but this is an exceptional example.
Steve_0 (2229) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler at home with my dad. Thanks Adam!! Pour is pitch black in appearance with a big khaki head and great lacing. Roasty chocolate aroma, with notes of marshmallows, graham crackers, a touch of earth, and grass. Taste is very roasty, dark chocolates, light spice, bread, pine, honey and a touch of maple syrup. Sticky mouth-coating body with medium-to-soft carbonation. Definitely the best "brown" I have ever had but really more of a porter/light stout to me. Delicious, nonetheless, and another winner from Hill Farmstead.
ekoerper (587) - Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: rich chocolate malts, a touch of coffee, very light caramel note, resin and piney hops. Pours brown, tan head with good retention and excellent lacing. Flavor: very nice interplay between rich malts and resiny hops. Chocolate and coffee dominate the malt profile, with a hint of toffee and a good dose of toast. Moderately high bitterness for the style, pine and some citrus, excellent balance. Medium body and carbonation, smooth texture. Another excellent HF brew.
Lukaduke (1737) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from brewery. Pours a deep umber color with a finger off eggshell colored foam. Rich roasted malts, chocolate and some ripe fruity coffee bean notes in the nose as well. On the palate its dialed in very nicely with a good balance between sweet chocolate notes and bitter fruity hops. Definitely a solid brown ale with all the notes coming in roasty and toasty and not burnt. Solid bitterness cleans up the finish...
Godofthecellar (594) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, poured dark brown, two inch thick head which dissipated quickly. Nice carbonation left on this. smell of roasted malt, coffee, tastes the same with a clean finish. extremely smooth and easy to drink.
I have never been a fan of this style but damn this was good. Highly suggest giving this one a try!!
mcberko (5360) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL growler, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), pours a dark amber brown with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted nuts, mild dark fruits, and some crusty bread. Flavour sort of blurs the line between a brown ale and black IPA, with lots of harsh roast, burnt espresso beans, a bit of soot, and moderate earthy hops. Far from being an amazing beer, Hill Farmstead managed to make a fucking boring style into something quite interesting with lots of body. Very enjoyable and highly drinkable.
tom10101 (2218) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour at Hill Farmstead. Dark brown with a small beige head and lots of lacing like most of HF beers. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt and caramel with hints of smoke. Taste is sweet with a lot coffee and roasted malt with caramel, toffee, chocolate, smoke and hints of citrus. Slight bitter finish. Incredibly rich and complex for a beer with a "low" ABV (6%). I don’t see how a brown ale can get any better than this. Another great beer by HF!