ekoerper (591) - 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 (2444) - 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 (677) - 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 (7790) - 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 (3256) - 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!
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Prohibition Pig.
Appearance : Dark brown with small head. Lots of lacing.
Aroma : rich roasted malt with coffee. Nice smokey notes with light caramel.
Taste : Big rich sweet roasted malt with smokey notes. Awesome toffee and coffee bitter notes. Coffee finish with chocolate. Light hops. Persistent finish.
Palate : Nice soft and smooth bubbles.
Overall : Really rich and packed with flavor. Really well balanced. Surprisingly rich for such a low abv beer. Feels complex like a 9% beer but more drinkable and more elegant. Lots of complex flavors all cohesive and well rendered. World class stuff.
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from the Brewery,Dark brown pour,slight haze.Off white head,good lacing.Aroma of coffee and chocolate.Roasty and nutty,firm bitterness,pine and a hint of citrus.Medium bodied,soft carbonation.Very dry and bitter finish.
piscator34 (2016) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler sample via and shared with oakbluff. Dark brown in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of mocha, coffee, malt-chocolate candies and lightly toasted malt. Surprisingly char heavy (for the style) on the palate, but it blends well with notes of herbal hops, pale and chocolate malts, minerals, and more mocha. Fairly heavy bodied with a good roasted malt snap on the finish. Very enjoyable, especially for a style I typically don’t give a lot of love to.
MartinT (8247) - 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.