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RATINGS: 167   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (915) - 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 didnít 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 (7782) - 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 canít place but that I donít 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 (6027) - 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. Itís hard for me to find fault with this beer. I hate to use the generic term "balanced" but it applies very well here. Itís 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 Iíve had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3113) - 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 (1870) - 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 isnít 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 (286) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (13803) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2013
Growler. 75cl. Pours black with a creamy head. Mild cinnamon, roast, chocolate and coffee. Smooth and silky. Bitter roasted finish. Balanced and not overdone. Very drinkable.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
swoopjones (5725) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Draft at Black Back pub. Waterbury VT. Amazing porter, fuller bodied thing of beauty. Chocolate, coffee, lots of roasted maltiness. Full mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious


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