czar (3790) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared by jean-michaël, thanks! pours black with an almost creamy beige head, good retention and lacing. roastiness-plenty, some residual burnt caramel sugars, some lactose notes. underlying coffee and a unique spice blend - very well blended, in fact. medium body - oily, average carbonation, nice coffee-grassy finish. doesn’t beat everett but sure is good and, as always, very well executed by HF.
Minderbinder (1584) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with medium creamy beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, fruits, coffee. Taste is of roasted malt, fruits, coffee. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Overall: Very good.
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at RBWGl
Pours black with a thin tan head.
Rich malty aroma.
The flavor is rich and malty, near perfect.
Delightful complex brew.
hopscotch (8541) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2013 Bottle... Pours dark brown with an insignificant head that quickly dissipates. The luxuriant bouquet offers a swirl of mocha, fudge, toasted nuts, vanilla and a nuance of lightly smoked malt. Barely medium-bodied with a thin mouthfeel and vibrant carbonation. The flavor is a mélange of sweet mocha, fudge and mild, tannic bitterness that is buffered by a delicate note of vanilla. Finishes mildly bitter and roasty. Unfortunately, I picked up no cinnamon in the aroma or the flavor. Another Hill Farmstead beer that would have been better with more viscosity. If this brewer ever discovers how to properly work with thickening grains and/or sugars, his malty beers will be dangerous. He seems to have everything else nailed down. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz!
jcartamdg (1664) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black with a thick mocha head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roast and hops. Taste is bitter chocolate and roast. Nice thick mouthfeel. Really tasty, prob my favorite in this style.
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TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at RBWG, thanks to Leighton I think. Pours dark brown/basically black a frothy yellow white head. Nose is sweet initially with vanilla up front, some roast, coffee, light cocoa, cinnamon and spices. Flavor is similar, spices are tame and balance well with the roast and thank god the vanilla is controlled. Glad I finally got to try this one.
brokensail (9940) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a tan head. Big roasted malt and vanilla aromas. Plenty of coffee, a bit of ash, dark chocolate, and a little bit of spice. The flavor is quite roasty and a little bit bitter. Tons of vanilla, a mild molasses sweetness, and big coffee. Dark chocolate, a bit of ash, and some spice.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared amongst friends. Was super jazzed to finally land a bottle of this. Good amount of coffee grind aroma but was hoping for a little more cinnamon to come through. I was serving this at practically room temperature so I’m pretty certain it wasn’t that. It was a great drinking experience, but it didn’t blow me away.
birdmachine (163) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled split with a buddy and poured into a Drakes snifter.Pours black, looks a little thin with a small tan head. Smells roasty, spicy with a soft coffee presence. The taste is a pretty balanced between roast, and smooth coffee with light carbonation. Mouth feel is a little thin, with some oily vanilla backbone. Nothing overwhelming here. The taste has a small spice factor, but overall the taste is pretty clean. A really nice and balanced porter show casing a few different flavors that go a long way. Very nicely done.
Sledutah (4115) - Utah, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at RBWG 2013
Appearance: Black with a medium sized tan head and some lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts and chocolate
Taste: Roasted malts, vanilla and chocolate
Nice and tasty