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RATINGS: 169   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2260) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small to medium light tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, bread, biscuit, pumpernickel, dried fruit, wood and orange peel. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of chocolate, bread, biscuit, vanilla and pumpernickel. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Really nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 25, 2014
On draft at the brewery. Thick and oily pour into the tasting glass. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, burnt wood. Taste is all of that plus stewed dark fruit and a very dry finish. Nice big chewy porter, this makes me wonder where the line is between a porter like this and a stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (957) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Thanks to Brent for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Dark brown pour. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, spice, and that sort of fruity astringency that I often describe as "tangy." Somewhat herbal. Lots of spice here ... from the aroma and the taste I really didn’t expect this to be a porter. Moderately sweet, minimal bitter finish. Light-medium body. Overall: Suprisingly "meh" overall. I would not call this the coming of the uber-beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
2013-01-21. Black body with a nice tan head. 3+ Aroma is lightly chalky, notes of moderate roast and a tiny whisper of smoke. The flavour is interesting, lightly roasty with sort of an odd smokey or peaty not quite vegetation like overtones. Something I can’t place but that I don’t entirely like the way it presents itself with the coffee roast - I decide it is likely the vanilla based on the label description. Smooth avg plus bodied palate, soft carbonation. A nice beer that does not suit me unfortunately. Bottle shared by Blankboy

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mjord23 (9) - - JAN 31, 2014 does not count
Delicious porter from Hill Farmstead. I wish the bitter coffee was more muted and the vanilla more pronounced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6045) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2014
[My bottle (500ml) shared with HogTownHarry, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o Glouglouburp] Pours a very dark brown with red hues and an average size diminishing frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, a hint of peat, leafy hops and some light lactic notes. Flavour of leafy hops, roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, a bit of mint and an average bitter finish. Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Really good stuff.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Itsme_timd (4) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2014 does not count
I got this in a 500ml bottle in a trade. Shared with some friends at a mini-tasting. It’s hard for me to find fault with this beer. I hate to use the generic term "balanced" but it applies very well here. It’s an excellent and very smooth porter. You get the coffee, vanilla and cinnamon notes in perfect harmony. Not one flavor dominates over the other. This is one of the best beers I’ve had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3174) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Draft @ BlackBack Fly Shop. HFS snifter shows deep brown color with lasting thin white ring of head. Aroma starts of deep roasted malts followed by vanilla bean and burnt coffee grounds. The flavor follows with the vanilla bean and cinnamon integrated well throughout the sip. The body is on the fuller side for the style with a creamy texture. Delicious, nothing short of awesome.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (1886) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. A loud and forceful bottle cap almost flee off. Poured into a duvel glass. Huge light brown head. Moderate coffe and dark chocolate in the nose. Not much vanilla. Flavor is similar with more chocolate and coffee. Really not seeing any sign of vanilla or cinnamon at all. Overall its not a bad porter but there isn’t anything that great or complex about it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bellco33 (317) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2013
On tap at the Black Back: Pours dark brown with a cream colored head. Vanilla, roasted malt on the nose. Flavor is vanilla, coffee, cinnamon. Malty goodness but not overwhelmingly sweet. Smooth finish, sticks to the mouth, full bodied. Awesome beer.


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