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.
cpetrone84 (959) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is black and opaque, tons of tight caramel brown head. Nose is roasted coffee, assertive vanilla and rich chocolate, light char, fair spice to it. Taste is similar in comparison to the nose. Same aspects, coffee is light with the roast slightly stronger. Very rich chocolate and vanilla, light peppery tang to it. Balanced sweetness subtly behind showing a deep malt presence. Body is lighter, carb is assertive with a juicy texture and semi dry finish.
phaleslu (4451) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle via STLHops trade. Pours a deep, dark, mostly opaque brown with a big fizzy tan head. Rich roasted and toasted malts, dark chocolate, and the coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla beans are all so, so subtle. Maybe I sat on it too long - Fall/Winter 2012 vintage - for those to really pop. But it didn’t matter because the thing is so well done otherwise. Medium-bodied and roasty, with medium carbonation. A step down from Everett, but a slight one.
MarkBarnes (349) - Waterville, New York, USA - APR 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Apr. 23, 2013. Near-black, sedimentary pour yields a powerful explosion of chewy, chalky, dark-chocolate, spicy, mocha flavor. Dessert-in-a glass; finest porter I’ve yet tried. Highly recommended.
deekyn (541) - Yosemite, California, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - pours opaque black with very low caramel brown fluffy head. S - oatmealy stoutish. Earthy, chalk, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, oak notes, vegetal malts. Light tangy notes. M - watery light medium body. Bitter and dry. Strong up front to a flat end. T - bittersweet chocolate, toasted oak, earth, chalk, sweet molasses to a simple dry bitter end. Notes of mineral water. Grassy hop notes. O - simple porter, chocolately and not much else. 3.7
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maekchu (1090) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks to mike12da. Good medium coffee, some cream, and dark bready notes. Pitch black, small tan head, some good lace. Coffee is the main note in initial (and unlike so many coffee brews, the stuff wasn’t overboiled) / more smooth coffee and some light chocolate in mid / finishes creamy and chocolaty. Medium heavy. A pleasant and well-made porter.
KyotoLefty (4732) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Nose of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla. Black with lace. Soft, low carbonation. Mellow and nice.
SudsMcDuff (4676) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black .. Mild foam .. Mild spice, oak, and tar .. Easy mouth .. Good but below HF’s usual mind blowing standard
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whatsupstairs (62) - Inland Empire, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle to pizza port strong ale snifter poured a jet black slicky oil wounderland
since it was shared it had a little tan head it lased the glass aftrer sip
strong cinnamon nose leather wood some coffee taste was robust with vanilla this beer was out of hand i wish i had a case
czar (2232) - 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 (824) - 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.