alexsdad06 (4522) - Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a dark brown color with a small fine beige head. The aroma is creamy chocolate, roast, sweet vanilla with just a hint of cinnamon. The flavor is a well blended combination of roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon with a hint of wood. Some powdery dark chocolate notes are also there. Very smooth mouth feel with a medium body. This is a pleasure to drink with its creamy texture.
Steve_0 (2229) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Frank, Thanks Man!! Pour is pitch black with a pillowy brown head and great lacing. Dark chocolate, espresso, earthy hops, a touch of cinnamon, toasted bread, and toffee in the aroma. Taste is very roasty, but not overpowering, balanced nicely with spice, nutmeg, chocolate, and dark fruits with a light bitter finish. The vanilla is so subtle and beautifully used, not dominating the beer. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation and a lingering chocolate aftertaste that coats your tongue. Great Holiday Ale, but not quite at Everett’s level. Can Shaun make a bad beer? Doubtful.
b3shine (4412) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle to snifter (thanks adamjackson). Looks good; black with beige lacing. Smells and tastes semi-sweet and malty. Nice on the palate. Enjoyable.
johnnnniee (2033) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a creamy mocha head that persists forever leaving lots of lace on the way down the glass. Smells of chocolate and a hint of roast and coffee with a solid shot of vanilla, a touch of ash and earthy hops. The flavor is rich chocolate, caramel and coffee up front with again a bit of vanilla contrast. Sweet flavor with little to no hop flavor or bitterness. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a creamy velvety smooth mouthfeel. I tried this on tap this weekend and thought the vanilla was a bit too forward, but trying this bottle its seems just right to me. This is a really nice porter, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
radarsock (823) - Vermont, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap at the brewery, Saturday, 2:14 PM. Pours an oily tarry dark-brown (possibly black) with a razor-thin khaki head. First off, this is an amazingly chocolatey beer (a combination effort of both milk and dark) which hints at molasses, vanillas, hops, blackberries by mid-palate and roast, yeast and earthiness by swallow. Delicious sipper!
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Oatmeal cookies ground coffee and vanilla flavors, as chocolate and roastiness add depth to this dessert brew.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the brown-edged blackness.
-The natural carbonation makes the body so comfortable, as is the case with all HFarmstead brews.
-There is a lot going on, yet the complexity and intensity are never overwhelming. It’s a true pleasure to drink.
-Alcohol is a no show, which is appreciated.
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler from brewery. Pours black with thick tan head and nice lace. Aroma of coffee, vanilla. Taste is rich coffee, vanilla, slight cinnamon. Full body, sticky, and slightly dry,coffee and vanilla slight sweetness on the finish.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at GonzoIllini’s Birthday Party (Western Springs, IL). Happy Birthday, Tony! Pours a rich deep blackish pour rich blackish pour, dark and ominous, thicker body with frothy lighter brown head, laces well. Aromas are coffee and hops, gentle roast, growing smooth coffee and gentle spice. Touches of cocoa, roast, toffee. Some vanilla. Initial is richer hops slowly fading out, dryness. Some soap, roasty and toasty malts. Toffee, biscuits, dark silky malts. A nice firm hopping makes this a lighter body overall. Middle offers dry hops, florals, and gentle roast, astringency, and toast. Cocoa and toffee, some roast. backend shows more smokey, earthy, and gentle cinnamon spice. Smooth cool vanilla. Kiss of sweetness, dark malts. Pretty fun beer here.
crossovert (6343) - Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2013 500ml bottle. 2012. Nice dark brown pout with a creamy and foamy tan head. It recedes half way leaving some nice lacing. The smell is nice. Aromatic malts, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, coffee is also there with some spice. Really everything as advertised. The flavor is different. Some bitter astringency comes in, it becomes spicier. The vanilla is there but far less than in the aroma, it is just a subtle touch of smoothness that it lends to the beer. Teh cinammon is there and reminds me of a holiday spiced dish. Coffee, cinamon, malt, and cocoa dominate the flavor. After more drinks it feels like there are more spices in here but perhaps it is a certain blend of coffee that is aiding the cinamon. It is a pretty good one but not a favorite. Had a growler of this recently that was awful.
Godofthecellar (594) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle poured dark brown with an inch of mocha color head which didnt last long.
what a great scent of roasted malt, toffee, coffee, dark fruit and vanilla bean.
This tasted exceptional although i was a little dissapointed in the vanilla. Based on the smell i anticipated a much stronger flavor profile but found the vanilla to be muted. overall this beer did not dissapoint and look forward to having it again. Another great beer by HF. is there a beer they make that i dont like?