ekoerper (587) - 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 (9506) - 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 (6068) - Fort Collins, 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.
TwoSipDip (8948) - 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 (1476) - 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 (911) - 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 (1963) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2013 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.
seth_lfod (325) - 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.
cheap (3966) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2012 OK, you lovers of hill farmstead don’t want me to rate this. I rate by how much I enjoyed it and a rating near 3 is good! I double checked with the guy who brought this to the tasting and he said it was authentic. Starts off with a very nice pour. Big flip top bottle. Very nice and attractive aroma or slightly burned wood with perhaps, a little vanilla in there but it is not in the forefront of the olfactory. First taste is quite strong and alky, makes me think this should be in the baltic porter style if you know what I mean. Initial bitterness tend to fade as the session continues however, alky wants to stay in the forefront - does not hide alky content well. How many porters do you know, which are not baltic, that have such a high alky rating? 7.5%? Very little co2. Finish is old wet and damp burned campfire wood from 2 weeks ago. Not bad but it could be a little more mannered and well behaved for the standard porter style. IMHO this should be in the baltic porter style.