madmitch76 (12977) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3rd January 2014
Mega Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to HF requistioner extraodinairre Leighton. Opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is light and dry and crisp. Sourish dark fruits. Light touch of dark chocolate. Brett. Small dash of hops. Light dry finish with a sourish linger.
harrisoni (12424) - 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.
Leighton (9617) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared in London while Jack’s in town. Picked up at the brewery. Pours clear, deep brown with a strong, creamy beige head. Tangy dark berries in the nose, good funk, sweat. Light sweet flavor with assertive tangy dark fruits, nice funk, hints of dark malts. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Great finish, loads of tangy dark fruits, dirty sweat, funky earth. Exceptional depth. All the flavors are true and deep. Wonderful.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(60th Hill Farmstead Rating) Bottle... This beer rocks!... Muddy dark-brown pour with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. The aroma is a funky, malty marriage of toasted barley, barnyard, horseblanket, lemon peel and damp, fallen wood. Medium-bodied and milky with nearly-expired carbonation. The flavor is funky, toasty, earthy and mildly sour - musty oak, malic acid Michigan cherries and a hint of acetic acid. Crisp, tart, earthy finish. Muchos gracias to ctipping for providing this bottle of world class beer!
NielsenRatings (8081) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Matt’s house, courtesy of Armin. Thanks! Pours a cloudy brown appearance with a light brown head. Grape, dark plum, caramel, wine, spicy fruity aroma. Juicy, rich dark grape, plum, fig, red wine, a bit spicy flavor. Dry, fruity and easy drinking.
MartinT (7476) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line :
This very dry and tart creation develops pepper-laden earth notes alongside black grape fruitiness and wood before delving into a citric and lactic finish.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sizeable head of foam covers the darkness.
-That acidity is nearly refreshing (it’s a tad too intense to be purely refreshing, mind you).
-Carbonation is fluffy and all natural, which makes the dryness still feel quite comfortable.
-Lemon juice acidity and fruitiness stick to the palate in the finish.
-This is another one of those black brews which would surprise those who correlate color and flavor...
Theydon_Bois (6334) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the rather large Friday tasting, lashings of thanks once again to Leighton 03/01/14.
Hazed dark mahogony brown with a moderate light beige covering.
Nose is tarte dark berry fruits, bitter orange, dank red grapefruit.
Taste comprises soured dark berry fruits, hedgerow, earthy, bitter grapefruit, straw.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry closure.
Solid execution form HF once again!
arminjewell (5566) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 375 mL, thanks James! Thick brownish black pour with thin but lacing off white head, aroma brought notes of dark vinegar, oak, slight nice slight red wine vinegar notes, hints of nice bread, biscuit, hints of nice grass. Taste is a mix of nice yeasty notes, slight oak, red fruit, hints of red wine vinegar, finishing bitter, dry, slightly oak, hints of red fruits. Pretty nice.
thirdeye11 (5378) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(375ml bottle) clear medium dark brown, dark tan bubbles. Nose of chocolTe malt, light oak, bugs, wet wood, bit of cellar floor. Taste of tart lemon, wet wood, complex, light smoke. Palate linger is as good as it gets. Perfect carbonation.
Mora2000 (5299) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma has some strong toffee and dark fruit notes. The flavor is a mix of dark fruit, caramel and toffee malt, and some light tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.