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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (910) - - MAR 29, 2014
Near pitch black, small head. Big roasty aroma, lots of dark chocolate with coffee, vanilla in the background. Big taste, chocolate gives way to vanilla sweetness, coffee bitterness, very lit smoke and spiciness. Medium body soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3361) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
500ml bottle. Black pour, small brown head. Aroma of rich, dark, roasted coffee, roasted malts, soy, and some wood, with what i can only describe as hot pepper aroma, minus the heat, must be the cinnamon. Very soft carb, mouth feel is a little thinner that expected. The finish is woody, and herbal. Coffee and roasted malts linger and are very pleasant, bitterness is medium to low. A nice porter, but im thinking this might have fallen into the hill farmstead hype machine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle (7,2% ABV). An opaque black beer, with a large, frothy, fully lasting brown head. The aroma is moderately to heavily malty (coffee, roasted grain, chocolate, caramel), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), with notes of cinnamon, some vanilla and berries. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, pretty dry and long finish with moderate bitterness, very lightly alcoholic. It feels really clean with pure, all but artificial flavors. Nicely dry and drinkable. Iím impressed, although not as much as with their Saisons.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (2596) - LinkŲping, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerfest5 (1199) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1318) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 2014-01-21. 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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6400) - 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.

   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.

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