seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 500ml bottle. Aggressive pour yields a thin tan head. Aroma smells of slight coffee, a bit of vanilla, roasty malts. Taste is fantastic, a nice chocolaty coffee with a bit of vanilla at the end. Really easy to drink and enough carbonation to tickle my tongue. I really enjoyed this and a perfect porter to sip on a cold New Hampshire evening.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle via trade. pours a deep, dark, dusky brown and sits inky black in the glass capped by a full, creamy, dense head of mocha that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. aroma is wonderful with rich roasted coffee, cocoa powder, brownies, and walnuts backed by earthy hops, vanilla icing, dark fruits, and a touch of campfire ash. flavor is outstanding with bittersweet, dark chocolate, roasted malts, floral hops, and cherries up front backed by heavy espresso, vanilla beans, earth, and toasted nuts with subtle hints of winter spices emerging on the back end. palate is medium bodied but wonderfully rich and creamy for a porter with a long, lingering, roasted finish of coffee and spices. overall, a truly excellent porter and another winner from HF.
cheap (3973) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2012 OK, you lovers of hill farmstead donít want me to rate this. I rate by how much I enjoyed it and a rating near 3 is good! I double checked with the guy who brought this to the tasting and he said it was authentic. Starts off with a very nice pour. Big flip top bottle. Very nice and attractive aroma or slightly burned wood with perhaps, a little vanilla in there but it is not in the forefront of the olfactory. First taste is quite strong and alky, makes me think this should be in the baltic porter style if you know what I mean. Initial bitterness tend to fade as the session continues however, alky wants to stay in the forefront - does not hide alky content well. How many porters do you know, which are not baltic, that have such a high alky rating? 7.5%? Very little co2. Finish is old wet and damp burned campfire wood from 2 weeks ago. Not bad but it could be a little more mannered and well behaved for the standard porter style. IMHO this should be in the baltic porter style.
Underjoath (10) - - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma is a bit bitter with hints of coffee. Vanilla smell could be confused as a smokey character. Nice dark brown with a quickly disappearing tan head. Nice malty porter with a perfect balance of coffee. Sweet subtle vanilla finish. Doesnít taste nearly as bitter as the aroma. Very nice porter.
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from chouffe. This predictably pours near black with a creamy tan head on top. Some light spotty lacing clings to the side after each sip. The aroma shows ashy notes, with chocolate, wet grain, and a touch of dark fruit. The flavor reveals a lot of creamy vanilla bean and assertive espresso notes; silky smooth going down, with a ton of semi-sweet chocolate on the back end thatís accompanied by roasty and earthy hop bitterness. Thereís even an touch of holiday spicing deep in the background. This is delicious stuff thatís incredibly well put together. Everything is carefully integrated with the end result being a tasty, complex, but still a very easy to consume brew.
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber courtesy of PUBíR and an intermediate mule who carried this in her gateway to pleasure for many miles. We all come from the same place (the punani), and the punani can bring beer for us. The pour is jet, thick, with tan well laced head. Nose is huge, a rich, complex medley of roasted choc and black patent malts, cacao, cinnamon, vanilla, espresso. Tastes complex, rich, intense, with roasty choc/patent malts, cacao, resiny hops, espresso, Dark choc syrup, and a heavy cinnamon, nutmeg, and spicy overtone. Tastes a lot like Alpha Klaus to me, which is a good thing. Hereís my take on this one: Mix 1 part Bellís Java with 2 parts Alpha Klaus and 2 parts Southern Tier (Choc Dessert Beer, the name of which I cannot recall at the moment), and you have this beer, albeit kicked up a notch. BAM! In Flying Spaghetti Monster Heaven, they serve this all year round.
Tmoney99 (10467) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate malt and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted malt sweet flavor with a medium complex dark malt sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.
boFNjackson (4117) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flip top growler... Poured dark, near brown with a moderate forming tan head. Nose had hints of coffee, malt and cocoa. The coffee and vanilla came off more like cocoa to me. Also, and added oxidized, stale malt tone came through. Getting through all that it was nice drinking Porter with a pleasant mouthfeel.
JulienHuxley (2947) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour, tan head. Aroma is quite spicy, lots of cinnamon, vanilla, a tad metallic. Taste is smooth, rich vanilla, not really sweet, light spicy finish. Palate is creamy, smooth carbonation.
daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Ernesto! Nice dark brown pour with a wonderful tan head. Aroma is a nice mix of some roast, coffee, very light vanilla and a hitn of hops. Flavor has nice coffee and vanilla overtones, but this beer is far from sweet or cloying. Instead you get some nice bitterness from the roast and hops. Incredibly well balanced and delcious as hell!