crossovert (5625) - Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2013 500ml bottle. 2012. Nice dark brown pout with a creamy and foamy tan head. It recedes half way leaving some nice lacing. The smell is nice. Aromatic malts, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, coffee is also there with some spice. Really everything as advertised. The flavor is different. Some bitter astringency comes in, it becomes spicier. The vanilla is there but far less than in the aroma, it is just a subtle touch of smoothness that it lends to the beer. Teh cinammon is there and reminds me of a holiday spiced dish. Coffee, cinamon, malt, and cocoa dominate the flavor. After more drinks it feels like there are more spices in here but perhaps it is a certain blend of coffee that is aiding the cinamon. It is a pretty good one but not a favorite. Had a growler of this recently that was awful.
Godofthecellar (480) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle poured dark brown with an inch of mocha color head which didnt last long.
what a great scent of roasted malt, toffee, coffee, dark fruit and vanilla bean.
This tasted exceptional although i was a little dissapointed in the vanilla. Based on the smell i anticipated a much stronger flavor profile but found the vanilla to be muted. overall this beer did not dissapoint and look forward to having it again. Another great beer by HF. is there a beer they make that i dont like?
davey101 (562) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fall/Winter 2012 vintage. 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. The HF website lists this beer as being brewed with coffee and cinnamon, but the ingredient lists and description on the label has no mention of cinnamon. Recipe change perhaps?
A - Pours a very dark black body. Holding it up to the light lets just a bit shine through to show a very dark brown color. Dense and creamy two finger mocha head forms and dissipates rather slowly into a thin cap with thick edging. Lacing and retention is just insane on this beer. Super sticky and clinging foam.
S - Roasty and smoky with intense espresso beans and rich vanilla. Finish is of sweet milk chocolate and a touch of spice. Excellent aroma, very dark and roasty.
T - Roasted malts lead into a strong vanilla presence. Notes of coffee and sweet milk chocolate intertwine. The intense roastiness of the beer is cut by an almost syrup like level of sweetness. Extremely decadent and delicious but slightly cloying.
M - Creamy and silky with a perfect level of carbonation. Swishing the beer in your mouth causes it to instantly froth up. It finishes surprisingly dry which helps with the intense syrupy sweetness of the beer. The mouthfeel is just perfect here.
O - An exceedingly complex and intense porter. I assume Everett is the base beer due to matching abvís. I do prefer Everett in that its much simpler and basic while perfecting all the qualities that make a world class porter. The addition of ingredients seems to make a great thing a bit less great. Still a world class porter that is exceedingly enjoyable on a cold ass night.
piscator34 (1844) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler sample via and shared with oakbluff. Almost black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of coffee, vanilla, caramel, vague spiceand chocolate syrup. Solid coffee and dark chocolate blend, with the caramel rounding things out. Medium bodied and quite drinkable. All the flavors and aromas come through clear and bright. Good stuff.
tom10101 (1797) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Generous pour at Hill Farmstead. Black with a small persistent beige head and nice lacing. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon and dark fruits. Taste of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits and slight spices. Slight acidic presence but not unpleasant. The vanilla, coffee and cinnamon make this one a little more complex than Everett, but itís not up to Everett level on the balance (which in nearly perfect)! A really good Christmas porter and one of the best porter Iíve had (only behind Everett I think).
Huhzubendah (2155) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt!
The beer is dark brown with a quarter inch of beige head. The aroma is roasty, with a touch of spice. Vanilla presence hits immediately upon the first sip. While vanilla presence is muted in the aroma, it is rather assertive in the flavor. Smooth, silky feel with lingering vanilla, chocolate. Delicious. Another fabulous beer from Hill Farmstead.
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Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Positive Pie Hardwick, VT. Sweet, spicy aroma filled with dark herbs and dark sweets, belying a too thin foundation of malt. It tasted firmer than expected, with semi-sweet chocolate and graham crackery malts soaking in the vanilla and sugar that seemed destined to weigh it down. More body would be nice in my opinion, but for a tons-of-shit-in-it beer this does it pretty well. The finish is spicy and dry and that pushes it into winning territory despite its shortcomings.
pushkinwow (1553) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Prohibition Pig, day after the partial HF takeover...should this be unretired? Hazy dark brown with a ruby hue and a creamy tan head. Vanilla, sweet roasted malts, lots of toffe and caramel, mild cappuccino, cocoa at the end. Velvet, little dry, moderate carbonation and body, mild sweetness and worth trying for sure.
adamjackson (1733) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap at Hill Farmstead Tap Takeover at Positive Pie in Plainfield.
A - One Finger coffee colored head. Fades fast. Appearance is pitch black.
S - Up front, big toffee and caramel malt scent. Sweet barley and cinnamon. Walnuts and raisins as well.
T - Taste is similar to scent. Nutty, toasty and dark fruits. Roasted nuts with a hint of lemon juice and vanilla.
M - 35% carbonation on my mouth swish. Medium body and roast finish.
O - This beer is drinking very nice considering its age. It makes me wish I could have it fresh. Hopefully, this beer will be brewed again and shared with the masses.
burg326 (2700) - Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft, poured a dark brown, almost black color. Aromas of dark malt, pressed coffee, vanilla, and some cocoa. Flavors are a nice mixture of vanilla espresso, and cocoa. A little bit of earthy hops come in on the back end. Really great beer overall.