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.
tectactoe (1871) - Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Relatively fresh bottle, somewhere around 7-8 months old. Deep, nearly black body with a tan-mocha foam that builds up quickly & diminishes just as fast to a thin film & chunky collar. Big tannic aroma, lots of wet & sharp oak. Why? This is not even barrel aged... Where is this woodiness coming from? Mildly tart plum & black cherry spread over a bed of roasted cocoa beans, light coffee grounds, & faint milk chocolate. The tart dark fruitiness doesn’t carry over to the palate (which is good, I assume), & there’s only a small hint of anise & raisin. The flavor is most a pile of dry cocoa beans, blackened malt just shy of charred status, light vanilla bean, & a touch of roasted coffee beans; not quite Italian roast, but maybe a touch more than French. I was expecting a sweeter porter, but this is definitely more kiltered to the roasty side of things. Very faint cinnamon character throughout. VERY mild. Perhaps that was the first adjunct to bite the dust. Thin-ish mouth feel, even for a "porter". I’m sick of that excuse... Porters can have voluptuousness, too. It’s a good beer, but it’s far from great. Near the bottom rungs of my HF favorites, for sure. This is one I’d LOVE to have fresh from the tap, though, just to compare.
TheEpeeist (3351) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
16.9 oz bottle. Dark brown with a clumpy tan head. Nose is cocoa, hay, clay and coffee with light caramel and vanilla. Soft and silky, melt in the mouth, finishing like a coffee. Taste is perfectly balanced caramel, vanilla and coffee with hints of chocolate and citrus. I’ve had similar brews but never so refined. Must be something in the water.
Falconmarine3 (4) - - AUG 14, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
smells of vanilla and cinnamon, pours very dark with minimal brown head, sweet multiple layer taste that finishes smooth, full bodied with low carbonation. outstanding porter this brewery is sick
rodenbach99 (3158) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Une bouteille de la série Nietzsche. Un liquide brun foncée. Un nez qui m’a semblé dur à percer avec cet iode. Une bouche agréable par sa texture avec des notes de chocolats et de vanille.
GothGargoyle (1206) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a good brown head. Aroma is green bell pepper, vegetables, hint of coffee. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, slightly vegetal on the palate. Flavour is green bell pepper, some dark fruit.
djd07 (3577) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Russell. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and wood. Thin mouthfeel with light roast, coffee bean, dark chocolate and lingering bitterness. Good.
umich03jm (1973) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nov 2013 bottle thanks to my local group for sharing. Opaque black pour with very little head. Aromas are vanilla, roasted coffee, chocolate syrup, cinnamon, and tobacco. Smooth taste. Mostly coffee and vanilla with hints of spices and cocoa. Very nice porter.
JorisPPattyn (7910) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled under less than ideal circumstances No head left on fully opaque brown beer; Sweetish-roasted nose; wafts of spices - mainly cinnamon - and black chocolate. Sweet-bitterish chocolate, and very dry. Not much impact from the spices, not even the cinnamon, though the dry bitterness hints effectively at barkspices. Dried berries, velvet. Hints of vanilla in the finish. Medium bodied, very slick & dry, nearly oily. Carbonation gone in the sample. The subdued spices are a bad and a plus: restraint is good, but there’s also a bit lack of character. Many thanks to Mathieu!< /I>
SlovakSniper (3169) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl avec la date suivante : 11/2013. La robe est bien brune. La petite tête se transforme rapidement en anneau plutôt chétif. Le nez est plutôt épicé et complexe. Outre la cannelle, voici des parfums de piment ou de poivron. La base maltée noire apporte des effluves de chocolat. Une pointe de vanille s’affirme davantage lorsque le liquide se tempère. Les saveurs sont plutôt douces et mélangent chocolat au lait, épices, caramel et acidité des grains rôtis. En bouche, le liquide est plutôt mince et sa texture est à la limite crémeuse. En finale, la cannelle picote ma langue qui reste longuement sucrée. Merci à czar pour la bouteille.
PriorL (1779) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head.
NOSE: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, mocha, wood, little watery, light in alcohol.
TASTE: lots of taste, vanilla, chocolate, mocha, slight alcohol, wood, some liquorice.