ctipping (1347) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 6/10/2014.
Black and almost inky. Small khaki head. The thinnest collar.
Smell is Bourbon. Lots of chocolate. A hint of peppers. Vanilla.
Fudge flavor. Bourbon. Very woody and astringent. Light peppers. Bourbony and woody finish.
Medium low carbonation. Fudgy and thick.
Some nice flavors, but doesn’t fully come together as a complete beer. I didn’t notice any issues with my first bottle of this. The second time I had it, much later, it was definitely soured.
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBAG ’15, small bottle, not sure of the size. Murky dark brown. Thin and beige head. Roast, chocolate, woody aromas. Taste has peppers, wine, roast and chocolate.There’s a tangy maybe acidic note in there too. Good stout.
Ferris (12728) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Dark malts, chilli and some cocoa. Deep black purple with a small beige head. Sweet vinous notes, chilli notes and a very long vinous finish. Sweet and a bit syrupy.
VertBaconStrips (2318) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - JUL 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild dusty molasses dark cherry slight sour peppers weak wood. Sharp and sour with a pepper bite woot woot
DuffMan (9541) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2015. Near black, copper highlights. Sweet dark malts and pleasant vegetal chili. Not a lot of heat, but still very well balanced. Full bodied, lightly acidic. Very nice balance.
umich03jm (3493) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2014
1.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle thanks to WillRunForBeer. Dark brown pour with a very small head that fades to a thin ring. Aromas are cocoa, sour dark fruit, oak, and vanilla. Tastes gross. Very sour, rotten fruit mixed with red wine and vanilla. First bad beer I’ve had from HF. Some seem to believe this taste was intended and actually seem to enjoy it. I’m not one of those people. Tastes bad and infected.
Prufrockstar (1980) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to Bacterial for sending this to me. I appreciate it! Shared with friends. From notes. Appearance: dark brown, no head, ruby highlights. Aroma is graham cracker, vanilla, oak, marshmallow. Taste: chili pepper; winey tannic; astringent, maybe from the cacao? Chili doesn’t contribute much heat - a little smoke, a little bit of heat at the end but not much. Really quite tannic, astringent, somewhat sour, though - smells much tastier. Medium+ body, slick oily texture, some char and smoke at the end. Overall: shrug. Some discussion was had as to whether this flavor profile is intended, or if it was infected. It’s somewhat telling to read the earlier reviews compared to the later ones. Still an interesting (and not unpleasant, albeit odd) beer.
Summary: Jesus of Vermont transforms graham cracker and marshmallow into wine.
berntholer (1566) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
beige head. coffee coloured.aroma is bourbon, pepper, spicy, vanilla. taste is citric acid (infected?), bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts with a sour-sweet aftertaste. rather thin body, quite carbonated. would be good if it were a sour stout, but i guess this wasn’t the idea and it’s infected.
thirdeye11 (6059) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(375ml bottle) near black, fine tan bubbles. Nose of ancho and other chiles, dark chocolate, honey, a bit sour as swirled. Taste is unfortunately infected, but still a good beer. Light citrus, tart fruit, brett, wine barrel, vinous, neSt beer but wish it wasn’t infected. Otherwise I’m certain it would be awesome.
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle picked up as an extra via a different trade. Pours an inky black hue with brownish red edges. Not opaque but a dark body, some ruby glow throughout. Frothy dark brown head atop quickly dissipates to a mellow ring, light lacing overall. Aromas are a bit odd, milk chocolate, vanilla and oak meet some vinous qualities, char and earth, a bit of ash, peanut shells and soil. Some Firmer cocoa nibs meet more of that earthy feel, peppers with faint spice. Gentle spirit, a bit thinner on the nose. Initial is medium bodied, a touch thinner than expected with some oily feel on the palate. Some dark fruit, cocoa and toffee meet some roasty malts, toast and earth. Touches of vanilla start to dance, drizzles of chocolate, gentle roast and cocoa nib meet some earthy heat, subtle growth and never getting to big. Middle feels a bit thin, the barrel shows some almost orange flavor, earth and chocolate. Touches of deadened caramel, black malts, gentle dark fruit from the pepper. Faint smoke, spice, the dark fruit and pepper play off each other into the back of the middle. Some roastiness, gentle spirit and vanilla. A faint bit of heat from the bourbon but never really gets going. That dark fruit play is more of the pepper showing. The spiciness gives a few gentle jabs here and there but never fully develops. A bit sticky, tannic as we finish up. That roast and toast has tapered off, leaving just a bit of dryness, spice, and a firmer lingering oak presence. An oddity, more cocoa sticks to the palate, mingling between that pepper and dark fruit, chocolate and tapering sweet dark malt feel. Not quite up to par as far as body but the flavor profile is enjoyable, the barrel spirit presence never gets too big. Just needs some tinkering. Pepper spice is subtle, instead employing more dark fruit presence overall.