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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dresden (812) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
Big thanks to tommy. Pours a nice creamy deep dark brown with a tan head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is roast, vanilla bean, espresso, and a little cinnamon. Taste is a perfect balance of vanilla, coffee and a little dry cinnamon. Creamy mouthfeel with medium body. World class beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
500 ml bottle served in a CBS snifter. Fall/Winter 2012 vintage. Big thanks to Ivoutlawjlh for the extra. Thanks Jeremy! A: Pours a nice obsidian color, very opaque, with a tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick ring and a small wispy film. Sheets of lace are left down the glass. S: Roasty malts and cinnamon are present up front. Baker chocolate with a light vanilla bean that lingers around in the background. Some coffee cake sweetness as well. T: Finely roasted malts, some coffee bean, and light cinnamon all up front. Toffee malts, some sweet crumb cake and with a little nuttiness on the finish. M: Dry and roasted with a medium plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. O: This was another excellent porter from HF. While enjoy Everett more, this was still a big winner in my book. Nicely hidden ABV and greatly nuanced flavors. Definitely recommend. Serving type: bottle

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2012
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2542) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2012
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5211) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2012
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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2234) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2012
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (885) - Vermont, USA - NOV 25, 2012
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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7760) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
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.

Bottle.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - NOV 17, 2012
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2012
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.


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