jamesewelch (35) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle from brewery. Aroma is coffee, caramel, and a good heaping of vanilla. Color is dark brown, nearly black with minimal tan head. Very sweet with toffee like taste and very distinct vanilla. Full bodied, slick texture, with a long finish of coffee, a little bit of chocolate, and vanilla.
ekoerper (549) - Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: vanilla, rich chocolate, notes of roast and coffee, dark sugars. Pours black, nearly opaque, tan head with average retention and spotty lacing. Flavor: chocolate and vanilla, smooth roast profile, a touch of coffee, caramel and molasses, coffee, rather faint cinnamon. Bitterness is low-medium, but balances the malt nicely. Medium-full body, medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Great brew.
Ratman197 (7631) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle shared by Forgetfu (thanks Bill!) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, light earthiness and light cinnamon. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee and light cinnamon with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.
arminjewell (4160) - Saudi Auroria, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, huge thanks to Bill! Dark thick black pour, tan head, aroma has big notes of vanilla, smoke, hints of roast, coffee, cinnamon, spice, slight chocolate, caramel, toffee, finishing fairly sweet, nicely spicy. Taste is a real nice mix of caramel, molasses, toffee, hints of earth, nice coffee, green espresso bean, the cinnamon works so well with the vanilla, slight chocolate and brownie notes, finishing fairly sweet. This is so well crafted.
adnielsen (6213) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Ratman’s house. Thanks forgetfu! Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a dark brown head. Spicy cinnamon, huge vanilla bean, rich dark chocolate, cocoa, mildly roasty aroma. Big chocolate, cocoa, roasty coffee, big vanilla flavor. Delicious stuff.
mikem409 (1141) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma is rich toasted malt. Taste is medium lots if nuts and chocolate. Some vanilla
ICEatALAMO (535) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with little head. The aroma is very malty. The taste is malty as well and very smooth. Finishes with a little smokiness to it.
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Marheb (1178) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Magnifique, effervescence parfaite comme je m’attendais de Hill Farmstead. L’arôme est agréable mais sans plus, le café se manifeste avec un peu d’astringence. En bouche c’est onctueux avec des courants chocolatés et vanillés, plus moka que café noir. Un autre belle bouteille de Shaun.
seth_lfod (117) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 500ml bottle. Aggressive pour yields a thin tan head. Aroma smells of slight coffee, a bit of vanilla, roasty malts. Taste is fantastic, a nice chocolaty coffee with a bit of vanilla at the end. Really easy to drink and enough carbonation to tickle my tongue. I really enjoyed this and a perfect porter to sip on a cold New Hampshire evening.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle via trade. pours a deep, dark, dusky brown and sits inky black in the glass capped by a full, creamy, dense head of mocha that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. aroma is wonderful with rich roasted coffee, cocoa powder, brownies, and walnuts backed by earthy hops, vanilla icing, dark fruits, and a touch of campfire ash. flavor is outstanding with bittersweet, dark chocolate, roasted malts, floral hops, and cherries up front backed by heavy espresso, vanilla beans, earth, and toasted nuts with subtle hints of winter spices emerging on the back end. palate is medium bodied but wonderfully rich and creamy for a porter with a long, lingering, roasted finish of coffee and spices. overall, a truly excellent porter and another winner from HF.