oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black pour with a fluffy tan head. Waves of chocolate and roasted malt give way to vinous sweetness, dark chocolate, and an assertive vanilla-bourbon profile. A bit of booziness in there as well, but Iíve always enjoyed that in a stout. Rich mouthfeel with caressing effervescence and a velvety finish. Quite nice,
suprchunk (1928) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour. Devoid of any light, or highlights. Small khaki head that sticks around for a bit. Little bit of lacing. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, malt, and slight alcohol. Taste is boozy. After the heat dies down there is some malt sweetness. Really warming down the gullet as it travels down. Not as much going on in the mouth as there was in the nose. But there is some notes of the nose trying to overcome the alcohol. What a brute.
cpetrone84 (1166) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is black coffee ring head. Nose is olive, light bakers chocolate, malt sweetness, faint berry and some barrel. Taste is wood, faint char, olive, dusty malt chocolate, salty. not as bright or balanced as 1. Medium bodied, a hint emptier than 1, Strong carb. Actually worse than 1.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours dark brown (nearly black) with no head. The nose provides rich, dark, deeply-roasted mocha. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor is a decadent swirl of dark chocolate, espresso and raw cane sugar - essentially, a cafe con leche. Finishes roasty, carbonic and bittersweet. Big thanks to landhoney for sharing this world class beer with the south Florida crew!
Lukaduke (1675) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep rich burnt umber with a finger of khaki foam. The nose is sweet chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon soaked vinous fruit and spent coffee. The palate follows with nice complexity and smooth long flavors. Underlying bakers chocolate, roasted grain, vinous berry hints, bourbon, vanilla. Long silky body with a touch of heat on the finish.
50belair (1824) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle generously shard by Seth. Dark brown pour with a brown head. Caramel and bourbon aromas. Smooth caramel, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak notes. Fabulous mouthfeel with a good body.
deekyn (990) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A- pours a viscous brown black with a mild dark tan head that thins to a skin. Decent lacing. S- sweet vanilla, bourbon, oats brown sugar, molasses, zinc, raisins, malty grains. M- oily heavy body with a sweet heavy palate. Good carbonation. T- alcohol, vanilla, grains and molasses cookies up front. Middle is coffee, dark fruits, mince meat, rhubarb and some wood. Ending is relatively long with hop notes of straw and grapefruit as well as more bitting alcohol and mineral water.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle. Bottled 5/2013. Pours a dark brown color with a dark tan head. Aroma of bourbon throughout, wtih oak, milk and dark chocolate, molasses, brown and toasted sugar, vanilla, and dark fruits. Flavor of bourbon, vanilla, sugars, caramel, oak, chocolate, roast, molasses, and dark fruits. Medium-bodied, with a rich, warm mouthfeel and low to moderate carbonation. Delicious, and much like the Madness & Civilization 1 in character and quality. Awesome blends.
AdamJackson (1995) - 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 Farmsteadís 10%+ Stouts. I know Shaun releases them when ready but after tasting some cellared beers with friends or at Shaunís festivals, I think this is a good choice. I was tempted to do this side-by-side with 2013ís Damon and its Port / Bourbon counterpart but decided against it especially since Iím 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 thatís a good thing.
S - Creamy oats, huge fresh ground coffee, some very dark chocolates, figs and raisins.For some reason, Iím 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 HFSí dark beers that were publicly released, this beer has every component that I love. Iíll 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. Thereís 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, Iím glad to have waited on this one. Not that I know if it improved or not but this is a beer Iíll keep revisiting every 3-4 months until I donít have any left. Itís very good and Iím glad to have enjoyed this bottle solo. The next one will indeed be shared with friends.
JStax (2568) - 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.