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RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

Second release: November 2015

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (7440) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2016
500 ml. bottle sampled @ Hopishop #3. 11.18.15. Pours black syrup with no head; nose is thick molasses, umami roast, syrup, licorice, low coffee & sadly no vanilla or cinnamon. Taste is roasted coffee, syrup, umami, basic syrup, low herbal, bitter basic malt roast, cheap syrup, low licorice, very faint hazel. Syrupy & umami. Overly umami for me, one would expect more classical sweetness from a cinnamon, vanilla & coffee porter. Yeah where is my vanilla & where is cinnamon? This might not be ubber fresh by no way should so much vanilla or cinnamon fade to nothing this quickly. Hill Farmstead is for sure a very good but the nearly religious cult of Shaun Hill worship remains lost for me. This is a decent porter, fans might argue that this is balanced, I would argue that if you brag about using cinnamon & vanilla it should be there in the taste. The more remote your brewery is, the better it supposedly is. Someone I feel like Americans try to out-hype each other.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mortlach (1870) - Rome, ITALY - APR 27, 2016
750ml bottle shared by luttonm @FrankenBierFest (Rome). Thank you Matt! Pours deep brown with a medium cappuccino head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, lots of vanilla. Flavour is rich and complex with a rounded body, medium sweet with a good bitter end. Medium to high body, medium to low carbonation. Great one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ippopotamo36 (1584) - Rome, ITALY - APR 17, 2016
Bottle shared by luttonm in Rome-Italy. Grazie. Pours black color, brownish head. Nose: grounded coffee, roasted, a bit smokey. Great. Mouth: cocoa, vanilla, clean finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (6418) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2016
Bottle. Dark pour with light head. Roasted, chocolate, vanilla and dark aromas. Flavors are similar, roasted, vanilla, chocolate and sweet notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (4344) - BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2016
UPDATED: APR 3, 2016 Bottle traded for some Struise vintages in Ghent, cheers Xavier! Very curious about this, seen the fact that this brewery has been hyped by beer geeks to a very large extent in recent years, more so for its saisons and IPAs perhaps, but still... Thick, dense and moussy, yellowish beige, lightly lacing head over a blackish beer with hazy but translucent chestnut brown edges. Complex aroma: a lot of beef stock and bitter chocolate, some faint shoe polish-like solvents but actually fitting in well, old blanket, salmiak, dry earth, bayleaf, subtle and hardly noticeable vanilla touch, dried nettles, white pepper, elderberry, wet leather and, after warming up, a lovely, unexpected, sweet hint of red wine or even sherry. Very umami-like onset, stewed beef and even some dried porcini, low but effective sweetishness of dried fruits, rounded and slightly oily, creamy mouthfeel with velvety texture and soft carbo, some elderberry-like sourishness underlying; caramelly malts turning immediately nutty and eventually toasted, leading to a bitter chocolatey, lightly coffeeish roasted, mouth-filling bitterness; peppery and spicy hop bitterness adds dryness while a basic roasted barley sourishness lingers and retronasally, elegant and subtle hints of vanilla and red wine appear. Technically perfect, the vanilla aspect could have been a lot more pronounced in my opinion, but instead I got unexpected sherryish or red wine-like aromas which make this altogether different from most other porters. Subtle, delicate, completely satisfying example of the style, very glad I tasted this - now on the lookout for more beers from Shaun Hill.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321 (5570) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Draft at Fools Gold for their Hill Farmstead event, 2/20/16.
Dark brown color. Lots of coffee and roast with a bit of spice. Vanilla sweetness balances it out a bit. Fairly rich overall, but with an easy drinkingness to it as well that just really works. Nice mix of flavors, really good feel. Just a very tasty and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiiruBierBeer (932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Smells like coffee grounds and a bit of marshmallow. Taste is super roasty coffee with a nice aftertaste of chocolate. Medium body, medium carbonation, and low foam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Abner (326) - Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours black with an ample, mocha head. Messy lacing coats the glass after a few sips, slowly receding head.becomes a soft ring around the glass. Aromas of cocoa, roasted malts, alcohol, scant vanilla. A medium bitterness that builds and lasts well into the finish, a light to light+ sweetness underneath. Mouthfeel is great. Medium bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. Some cinnamon spiciness creeps up in the finish, but it is subtle. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (2241) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour opaque dark brown with copper hue and large tan head. Nose milk chocolate, coco powder, light coffee. Taste starts with fleeting sweetness, then dark fruit, dark chocolate, and medium roast coffee. Light powder late palate. Nice mix of sweet and roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (6820) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours black with a medium tan head. Nose consisting of malt, coffee, roast and vanilla. Malty flavor giving way to creamy vanilla and dark fruit before a roasted malt finish.

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