adamjackson (1733) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I think I had 4 of these and bought this in June. I have started waiting at least 90 days before opening Hill Farmstead’s 10%+ Stouts. I know Shaun releases them when ready but after tasting some cellared beers with friends or at Shaun’s festivals, I think this is a good choice. I was tempted to do this side-by-side with 2013’s Damon and its Port / Bourbon counterpart but decided against it especially since I’m opening this at 11PM on a Monday. Enjoyed in a Hill Farmstead glass at exactly 59 Degrees F. full Pour and #ProperGlassware
A - Out of the glass, completely black, yet some amber translucent hues. A 2 finger espresso creme head forms and fades to a thin line. Pitch black in the glass but not oily in appearance. It gives no indication that this is high on the residual sugars and that’s a good thing.
S - Creamy oats, huge fresh ground coffee, some very dark chocolates, figs and raisins.For some reason, I’m not getting a huge nose from this. I could be stopped up.
T - Well damn. This beer has it all. Having had almost all of HFS’ dark beers that were publicly released, this beer has every component that I love. I’ll try my best to list them with a big smile on my face. Toasty / Roasty almonds and walnuts. Blackberries and Currants, Oily espresso and creamy latte. Heavily charred oak with coconut and vanilla. Acidic Florida grown pecans and a touch of marmalade sweetness to go with the oak and figs that hit you at the finish.
M - This has the mouthfeel of a bottle conditioned beer. Not overwhelming carbonation but has the notes that bring out the additional flavors. There’s a sticky candy like consistency as you swish around and a tingle in the gums with heavy swishing. Leaves behind cold brewed but slightly harsh day-old coffee at the finish.
O - Well, I’m glad to have waited on this one. Not that I know if it improved or not but this is a beer I’ll keep revisiting every 3-4 months until I don’t have any left. It’s very good and I’m glad to have enjoyed this bottle solo. The next one will indeed be shared with friends.
JStax (2336) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour into a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Pours a dark brown to black with a beige head of foam. Oak, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, caramel. Sweet and boozy. Warming on the throat. Thicker body. Sticky mouthfeel.
Minderbinder (1284) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with low beige head.Good lacing. Looks good. Aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, caramel, dark fruits, chocolate, oak, maple taffy (on snow). Taste is of bourbon, fruits, caramel, molasses, some bitterness, oak, vanilla, slight acidity, alcohol. Palate: Full bodied. Sticky mouthfeel, but somewhat "dry" in the back of the throat (oak?). Good balance. Low carb, but not flat. Overall: Quite complex. A sipper. Very boozy. Alcohol not well hidden. Reminiscent of porto. Outstanding.
tom10101 (1797) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (375 ml). Black with reddish reflects, a beautiful medium mostly lasting creamy beige head and good lacing. Aroma is boozy at first, but then become very complex with bourbon, vanilla, wood, roasted malt, red fruits, port notes and caramel. Taste is moderately sweet and quite boozy (but not overdone) with loads of vanilla, bourbon, wood, plums, port notes, caramel, red fruits and a light acidic touch that helps drinkability. Nice alcohol warming. Full bodied. Low/moderate carbonation. Complex mouthfeel that is velvety and sirupy at the same time. Complex and vanilla forward. The port notes are quite interesting. Nice sipper.
jkwood04 (2904) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon and oak, some chocolate and coffee, some light notes of dark fruits, and light dough. Flavor the same. Thick texture. A really good beer.
JulienHuxley (2136) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with a friend. Opaque black pour, thin creamy brown head. Aroma is quite fruity, alcohol soaked dattes, prunes, chocolate, light coffee, rich caramelized bourbon. Taste is rich and sweet, mellow alcohol notes, lots of fruit, roasted grain, toffee, bourbon, nice rich complexit. Palate is rich and creamy, full bodied and not at all light on the palate but oh so drinkable. Beautiful sipper.
Theydon_Bois (5201) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s pad, that man Leighton delivers again, 19/09/13.
Mid black with a moderately sized tan head that clears to a film and edgeing.
Nose is roast malt, earthy tones, chocolate, bourbon tickle.
Taste comprises chocolate, berry fruits, hint of liqourice, peppery, subtle bourbon booze, light spice.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish.
madmitch76 (12094) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
19th September 2013
The Last Tasting at Bruce’s palatial pad. Thanks again to Mr Smith, HF sourcer extraodinaire. Opaque dark brown beer, good tan head. Palate is light and airy, a little dry. Good dark chocolate malts well integrated with mellow bourbon and barrel wood. A little dark fruits. Finishes smooth and airy with a little bourbon spice.
Scopey (4579) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, big thanks to Leighton. It pours darkest brown with a small beige head. The nose is roasted malt, toast, brown sugar, earth, dark fruit, chocolate and wood. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee, juicy, toast, plum, dates, berry and wood with a rich, roasty finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Nice juicy fruitiness. Tasty.
Leighton (8593) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London - big thanks to Mom! Pours black-brown with a fine, creamy khaki head. Nose has tangy, burnt wood, dark chocolate, dried fruits. Medium to big sweet flavor, rich chocolate, charred wood, some, dry blackberries, a bit of toffee and vanilla. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish, more charred wood, dark toffee, mild vanilla, dry and so,what leathery berries, some baking cocoa. Very good beer.