josarah (111) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - FEB 14, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As dark of a brown as I have ever seen, you can’t even see thru it. Head was a dense mocha crown.
The aroma was pure coffee.
The taste was the blackest, richest coffe I ever done drank. Even after letting it warm in my hands the alchol barely peeked thru.
Considering the high abv this was way too drinkable.
This ain’t your mommas coffee beer, but dad gonna enjoy her after she drinks it.
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A couple of samples at Extreme Beer Fest 2011.
Pours a opaque, dark chocolate brown with a thin, wispy mocha head. Aggressive nose of roast coffee, cream, dark chocolate, light vanilla. Surprisingly little booze or burnt notes, smells like Earl on steroids. Dark and roasty flavor, obviously dominated by roasted coffee and dark malts and nice transition from sweet to bitter throughout into the finish. Silky and decadent texture and again, very little presence of booze. Was in my top 3 looking forward to at the fest, and it delivered.
fbm115 (184) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
stopped in winter 10 and was lucky to sample this beast. pours a pitch black color with a viscous swirl to it. not much head on this one. smell is intense rich roasty carmel malt with a coffee kick. taste is a blast of dark chocolatey slightly roasty malts and a rich coffee presesnce. slight sweetness, a bit of a coffee bitterness and a hoppy bitterness. the mouthfeel is quite viscous but not overly heavy. an intense flavor experience i would like to revisit.
blklab2007 (2085) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at ebf poured a dark brown in color. aroma has coffee, good roast, and surprisingly light alcohol for the strength. mouth feel is a solid medium and it coats well. flavor starts with bitter coffee, nice richness, creeping bitterness, and a lasting finish.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark rich pour at EBF. Pretty thick, no head. Aroma is very strong, lots of coffee and espresso, roasted malts and alcohol. Flavor is pretty hot, lots of alcohol, lots of coffee. Just a touch went a long way. Interesting effort.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed from notes. Draft at Extreme Beer Fest 2011.
Pour yields a fairly dark brown bodied brew with a very thin tan head that falls into a few spots. The nose is quite pungent, though none of that comes from booze, as you may expect from a 15% beer. There are really strong coffee notes plus a good amount of cream and light roast. Mild chocolate there as well. The taste is a beautiful espresso plus some whipped cream and moderate roast. Smooth chocolate in the background and only the faintest hint of alcohol. Really delicious. Body is medium to full with slight alcohol and a coffee bitterness. Really solid; one of the better coffee beers I’ve had and one of the best iced beers I’ve come across.
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very solid coffee stout with lots of roasted espresso in the nose and taste. It would have been better, but in my mind there was definitely a noticeable lingering alcohol note that was a bit too much. Still very good.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at EBF. Pours a dark coffee black body with a wispy tan yellow bubbly head. Malty coffee with cream notes. Modes warming. Dark chocolate sweetness and a very fresh coffee bitterness. A really well done stout especially for at 15%.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A creamy 15% coffee stout that drinks like an 8%. Scary.
How: Tap at Hill Farmstead Winter Gathering 2011
The look: Near black body topped by a persistent small tan head
In long: The surprisingly not-so-intense nose (it is a 15% after all) has black coffee (d’uh!) and burnt malts. Body is full and carbonation is relatively smooth. Taste of black coffee, burnt brownies, burnt chocolate cake, cacao powder, some milk chocolate. I wouldn’t say there was absolutely no alcohol presence at all, but it sure didn’t feel like a 15% brew. This is a 15% that I could drink a full bomber of without getting sick of it. I had my doubt when I heard of a brewery opening in the middle of farmer fields of the deserted northern Vermont. I never thought this could be a viable project for a brewery making beers that push the envelop. But almost one year later it is clear that Hill Farmstead defeated the odds. So if you’re looking for the odds they’re training at the gym right now.
deyholla (7954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from the tap at EBF. Poured an extremely cloudy/murky coffee brown with a brown head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma was full of strong coffee/espresso with a slight roasted malt. Flavor started with espresso the mellowed slightly to allow a bit of roasted malt and a bit of alcohol to come out. Nice on the tongue.
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring at the Saturday sessions of EBF. Pours a big black with a thin beige head, murky and thick looking. Lots of cocoa, roast, and long thick coffee notes. Coffee, big and sweet, toast and roast, long sweet cocoa and coffee, chocolate. Super smooth, and very tasty.