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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
A Winter Porter brewed with Coffee and Cinnamon...Aged on Vanilla Beans. Our Holiday Ale is named after the last text written by one of our philosophical idols, Friedrich Nietzsche and his Twilight of the Idols/The Anti-Christ.

Second release: November 2015

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vvesside (256) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Shared with timfoolery. Roasty malt, vanilla, a touch of cinnamon, and some coffee. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1452) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Bottle. Pour is dark brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma and flavor full of smooth roasted malt, light vanilla, light Christmas spice and a touch of coffee. Very smooth and drinkable. Not overwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dodgrblu (701) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle from Timfoolery, Roasty, vanilla is hidden, which I appreciate, great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle from HF trade. Aroma and flavor of sweet, light roast, vanilla, and slight cinnamon. Nice palate after a few sips. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarlacc83 (1595) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2013
500mL bottle from JMRSN. Thanks! Because nothing says summer like a winter porter. A: Do you like some head? Because this pour fills about half my glass with a light cappucino foam. Very dark mahogany. Decent legs. Also, the bottle has a single bubble blown out of it like a child’s bubble toy. N: Coffee, raisin, cola, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. There’s some blackberry mixed in here as well. T: Very, very bitter/earthy with a lot of cinnamon spice. There’s a decent amount of sweetness here. Very, very assertive. M: Maybe a touch light given the ABV, but the carbonation is pleasant and it’s got a good chalkiness. O: A pretty nice beer that I’d probably have again. The cinnamon balance here works, however, I think this combination works better in a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (20074) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2013
11th June 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Leighton who always comes up with the Hill Farmstead treats! Opaque black - brown beer, good tan head. Palate is airy and a little soft. Fairly dry. Mellow dark malts, just a touch of roast and coffee. Mild roast bitterness develops but is offsett by vanilla and a trace of wood. Dry and mildly bitter finish. Not the smoothest of Hill Farmstead beers but pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (10641) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
Bottle, many thanks to Leighton. It pours darkest brown (near black) with a medium light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, pine, caramel, chocolate, mild coffee, cocoa and ash. The taste is roasted malt, toast, earth, coffee, cocoa, light spice, touch of dark fruit and decent bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Not a whole lot of depth to it. Decent for sure, but not up to the regular high standards of HF.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3480) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2013 Bottle at Jack’s farewell at Bruce’s. Big thanks to Leighton. I finally get to try my first pure Hill Farm. Pours pitch black with a big, thick & creamy beige head, loads of lacing. Nose is quite robust and roasty. Some dark fruits mingle with heavy milk chocolate and espresso notes. Kind of like a Tim Tam. Taste is heavy chocolate biscuit, machiatto and cream with a touch of cinnamon but not overly. Creamy mouth feel with a bitter lasting finish. Touch warming on the end. A very solid Porter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (6357) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Bottle. Cheers To Leighton for supplying this! What’s with the garbage photo on this page? Anyway, deep brown with a large head. The nose is coffee, milk chocolate. Burnt brown sugar. The taste is dominated by earthy roasted dark malts. Some spice, nutmeg. Pepper. Chocolate and coffee cake. Medium body, fine carbonation. Overall, quite good, but not a standout in HF’s generally exemplary lineup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5696) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Brown/black pour with foamy tan head and lace. Coffee and roasted malt aroma. Sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and a good malt bitter. Medium body with good carbonation. A very nice beer.

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