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RATINGS: 275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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

seth_lfod's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sudz4Dayz (45) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2016
500ml bottle thanks to Julien. Pours jet black smooth with a light foamy mocha almost marshmallow head. Smells of light chocolate, vanilla cocoa, roasted coffee beans and slightly boozy finish on the aroma. Tastes roasty, sweet, and chocolatey with a great vanilla smoothness and finish. Very, very smooth in comparison to other dark beers I’ve had. Nice light mouthfeel, not too carbonated at all. Great, great porter. Another Banger by Hill Farmstead. Love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (1254) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2016
(On tap @ Warpigs HF Day, Copenhagen, May 12 2016) Pours black with a decent sized pale tan head of loose foam with lace. Aroma of dark chocolate, moderately roasted malts, vanilla, light coffee, cinnamon slight and almost woody. Flavour is dark chocolate semi-sweet core, vanilla, light coffee, fairly high roast, spicy cinnamon hints to it with slight anise tone. Finish is rather dry and slightly dusty with fairly high bitter notes from roast and coffee with a touch of hops. Light to medium body for style, soft creamy carbonation. Smooth and not completely dominated by the adjuncts, well balanced, a very nice drinkable porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5822) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Bottle from PhillyCraft. Thank Vin! It pours a dark brown color with a tall, creamy tan head. The aroma is nice with some creamy coffee, treacle and hints of tobacco. The flavor has lots of tobacco leaf, hints of smoke, coffee and fig. I’m not really getting the vanilla or cinnamon, but I’m digging the tobacco leaf dankness along with a rich, roasted chocolaty body. Very smooth and creamy on the palate. I’m thinking maybe some late boil Columbus hops in this one? No matter...it’s pretty tasty and interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5940) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2016
Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a nice large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with nice floral coffee notes with some vanilla undertones. Taste is a great mix of vanilla undertones with some floral coffee notes with some light roasted malt and subtle residual sugar notes are also discernable. Body is about average but has a nice creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very flavorful with great attenuation. Probably one of the best example of the style I’ve had the chance to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jc1762 (846) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2016
Thanks Huhzubendah for sharing the bottle! Poured into a snifter showing coffee rims with a finger of latte foam. The nose shows a moderately intense mix of vanilla and coffee that come together to make a light latte nose. The palate is fully carbonated and light bodied - perfect porter style. Flavors are vanilla forward with moderately intense roasted coffee and malt notes on mid palate ending on a light black coffee bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Iznogud (2614) - CROATIA - AUG 24, 2016
On tap at Warpigs, Copenhagen. HF tap takeover. Pours dark brown with moderate tan head. Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, just the right amount of sweetness, dry and bitter finish. Oily, full bodied. Fantastic. Somehow I preferred this to Everett.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2906) - Odense SV, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2016
Sample @ Hill Farmstead Tap Takeover, Warpigs. Dark brown body with a small offwhite head. Roased malt, milk chocolate, vanilla, liquorice notes, coffee, spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (4123) - NORWAY - JUL 29, 2016
Hill Farmestad tap takeover at Warpigs may 12th 2016. Black body with a tiny beige head. Roasty aroma with licorice, cocoa and herbs. Taste is mild fruity, strong coffee, silky sweet vanilla, light cinnamon, robust bitterness. Huge roast and chocolate finish with a smooth espresso aftertaste. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (17712) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUL 10, 2016
Malziger, hefig gewürziger Antrunk mit leichter Süße. Dabei beinhaltet die Süße Vanillenoten, die Kaffeenoten passen weniger zur Süße. Vollmundig, steigend nach Kaffee, süffig. Gut. 11/10/11/12/12/11

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2016
500 mL bottle shared by Chris with Doug, Ryan, and I. The pour is a darker brown color with a nice mahogany hue and a thicker tan head that falls down leaving a pretty good lace. The aroma is very roasty right up front. There is a light coffee, a slight hint of vanilla and a definite milkiness to this. There is a light chocolate there, more of a cocoa powder that seems to drown out the vanilla. The flavor is similar. Very roasty with a lactose sweetness. There is a light chocolate, maybe a little caramel, but the vanilla just isn’t prominent at all. The mouth feel is surprisingly thin, but the carbonation helps it seem thicker than it really is. The aftertaste is light coffee, and a roasty lactose finish. It’s an interesting beer, but I definitely wish there was more vanilla.

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