Godofthecellar (597) - NYC, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured deep brown with no head. Smell was vineous and oaky. Flavot of wood, wine, very sour. Dark fruit, really nice dark saison
teorn88 (1916) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
37.5cl bottle, Steasy66 tasting at CBC Islington. Massive thanks to Leighton for initiating me to world of HF. It pours a dark brown bosy with a small tan head. Aroma is huge, complex and in your face, with strong vinous and sour citrusy notes. Red wine, wood, vanilla and funk. Great mix. Taste is similarly funky and sour with some woody, port wine notes. Medium bodied with good carbonation. This beer is tasty, complex and balanced. Plus is a mix of styles I love. Reminded me somehow of Oerbier Reserva.
craftycarl21 (2136) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle again gigantic thanks to oteyj! Deep cola, dark mahogany pour with a fluffy off-white head. Nose and flavor are superb, with a gorgeous combination of dry roast, stunning vinous dark fruit, oaky dryness, and barrel-based funk. Complex, crisp and refreshing on the palate despite the richness of flavor. This and Tired Hands Guillemot make other dark saisons look like childs’ play.
EdKing (1760) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Leighton at Craft Islington. Colour hazy dark brown, off white head. Nose is deep sour berry, very light balslamic vinegar, crisp clean sour yeast. Taste is a brown sour but with awesome balance, big sour and blends into slight fruit. There’s leather, some dark fruit, chocolatey dark malt tones and then tartness. It’s clean, crisp and well balanced. Beautiful beer.
harrisoni (12674) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton. Dark beer. Good sourness. Some tarmac. Good though. Good sourness.
mcberko (5372) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a deep dark mahogany-tinged brown with a small beige head. Nose is extremely funky and wild-smelling, with loads of wild yeast, considerable tart funky notes, and oak barrels. Flavour brings out loads of tart leathery notes, lots of funk, lots of oak barrels, a touch of dark dry fruity notes, and finishes on tart woody notes. Very complex, with a wonderful array of flavours all working in harmony. Much more complex than the regular Phenomenology of Spirit. Excellent stuff.
justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Consumed 8-13-13, whole bottle minus yeast poured into a HF glass. Reviewed from notes.
A- Pours black with a lingering 1 inch head. Noticeable carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The head falls over a minute leaving a thin layer of mocha head with decent retention. Looks like it has good clarity, but the color makes it difficult to tell.
S- Brett, lactic acid. There is a sourness off the bat that reminds me of a flanders red. It presents with cherries, lemon and oranges intertwined, although cherries are the standout. A touch of vinegar as well. There is a phenolic note on the end, although it works well with the rest of the flavors. A touch of chocolate as well, but very subtle.
T- Cherry, raspberry, some coffee and chocolate too. Lemon-zest acidity. A touch of bitterness on the end.
M- Wow, this thing is dry. I feel like I just chewed on a chunk of chalk. Medium to high carbonation. Very drinkable on the get-go, but the insanely dry finish leaves you walking around shouting for water.
O- This stuff is awesome as is, no aging needed. Tons of fruit flavor, and very little phenolics. Definitely another hit from Hill Farmstead. Their wilds and saisons continue to blow me away one after the other.
Lukaduke (1753) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep burnt umber almost ruby mahogany color with a finger of eggshell foam. The nose is leather, tart vinous notes, some forest floor stuff going on.... the palate follows with some vinous tart cherry fruit, musty earthiness, hint of cocoa dust and a dry finish. Great mouthfeel and a mysterious beer for sure.
vtafro (2465) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown pour with brown head. Dark sweet malt aromas. Dark malts and dark fruits. Little but different than most of their saisons.
maneliquor (2788) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2014 Bottle cheers to Leighton. HF beers so far always look the part! Nose has plenty of tart which I wasn’t expecting. A touch of soda, wild yeast, vanilla/oakiness. Nice. Taste is something different entirely - vinegar, cocoa, tart, barnyard. Quite wild and funky. Very lengthy stuff and incredibly balanced. Great beer