changeup45 (1717) - 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 that’s accompanied by roasty and earthy hop bitterness. There’s even an touch of holiday spicing deep in the background. This is delicious stuff that’s 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 (7915) - 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 PUB’R 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. Here’s my take on this one: Mix 1 part Bell’s 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 (10816) - 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 (4143) - 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 (3263) - 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 (9224) - 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!
dresden (883) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
alexsdad06 (5562) - 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 (2757) - 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.