njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2015 Bottle @ bells 30th pre party, aroma is bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, and malts, taste is out of this world chocolate, vanilla, borbon, soy, some sweetness and oak, damn, doesn?t get much better than this!!! yespr (47002) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 Pours a thick dark brown to black with a creamy, chocolate brown and lasting head. Aroma is smooth coffee, velvet bourbon with a touch of vanilla. Smooth, rich coffee, toffee, liqourice, vanilla and toasted dark malty flavoured. Velvet dark coffe malty and light bitter yet warming bourbon finish. Light vanilla touch. Extremely smooth and wellbalanced - best beer of 2011. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2011 On tap at HFS. This is without a doubt, one of the best barrel aged beers I’ve ever had. Black and filthy pour with a medium sized tan head, that despite months of barrel aging, has excellent retention. The nose is out of control: vanilla bourbon, whiskey, milky chocolate, bakers chocolate, cocoa nib, brownies, caramel, back strap molasses, and subtle roast. The ethanol presence makes for a very hot beer, but it was just what the doctor ordered when I was standing in the cold outside the brewery. Palate is rich and thick- silky and supple with affirming booze and a desert like finish. JesseinVT (12) - BurlingtonCtB, Vermont, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Birth of tragedy 2013, bourbon barrel aged & in 500mL bottle. Brewed with honey & coffee. Delicious- complex but well balanced. The beer is sweet and the high alcohol content is noticable as a warmth on the palate, but does not detract from the drinkability. I'm sensing as much flavor from the aging in bourbon barrels as from the coffee. There are is also a dark fruit/ cherry character. Love it, so worth the drive through a snowstorm.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2011
So sick. On tap at the release for it. Pours out a wonderful lush dark brown with bubbly coffee head. Boozy aromas of vanilla and bourbon scream out the nose, sweetness abound. Palate is light and fluffy, bourbon on the backshot, rich creamy textures up front and the abv is hidden so well. Absolutely amazing, a new favorite.
Onebigtymer11 (59) - Vermont, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Poured black with minimal tan head.
On the nose bourbon and chocolate.
On the tongue huge hints of bourbon and dark toasty malts. This is delicious!!!!! craftycarl21 (2339) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2011
HUGE thanks to the man oteyj for picking up this gem!!! Thick black pour with a frothy, cask-like tan head. Nose is absolutely mindblowing, with epic notes of vanilla, dark cherry, uber rich chocolate ganache, mocha, and superb clove and cinnamon hidden in the depths. Further notes of dark rum, dark molasses and true New England maple syrup with that strong and genuine bark and nuanced sweetness. Both ends of the bourbon gamut also shine through; spicy rye and smooth wheat presence. Truly superb aroma. beernbourbon (1600) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2012
The flavor, if possible, might be better than the nose. The whiskey barrel comes through with even further vanilla extract, wood, spice, caramel, maple sap, chocolate truffle, smooth white chocolate latte, and even a touch of citrus, much like a chocolate orange. The mocha and lactic cream presence doesn’t contribute any bitterness or roast, but just a supremely balanced, complex, and intricate sweetness. The barrel aging yields a creamier, richer, and smoother than most of Shaun’s beers; that crisp effervescence that marks most of Hill Farmstead’s saisons, IPAs, and even his darker beers is replaced by a luxurious, smooth, wave-like texture that glides across the roof of the mouth, tongue, teeth, and gums with remarkable ease. The 11% ABV hardly shows, though there is a whisper of its presence, enough to make the fortitude of this beer felt in the deep reaches of the consumer’s mind. I am truly blown away. A marvel in the world of beer.
Bottle shared by Peter at STL RB gathering, thanks man!! Usually at the long drawn out beer tastings, the beers that get opened towards the end tend to lose their edge and are less memorable for me. Wow did this one change my mind about that. Pour is deep, dark , cloudy brown with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor are loaded with deep roasty malt, faint raisins, faint earthy spice, a touch of hay and a smooth rounded coffee note. This beer is so smooth and so well balanced. Again, I do love this brewery. Not sure if its their yeast, their style, or what. But all of their beers have an extra layer of depth that adds an indescribable earthy, rounded, spice note that I cannot get enough of. fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2016 jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2014
2016-12-18, hunted by Sergey, bottled 9.21.16, 9-5-10-4-19=47
The aroma shows spicy notes, a bit of alcohol. Most smooth beer, sweet dark chocolate, chili pepper kick, alcohol warmth, coffee, and vanilla beans in the final.
Wonderful, one of the best Imperial Porters, and it’s amazing that it’s good batch after batch.
2012-06-17, courtesy of Yespr, 9-4-9-4-18=44
Pitch black color, oily, with small brown head. The aroma is spicy (ancho chilies), with roasted malt, chocolate, wood, nice coffee and some vanilla. Good body, round mouthfeel; strong flavor of dark chocolate, very rich, with moderate but pleasing sweetness, tar and tobacco, vanilla, very light liquorice, some wood; correct bitterness; the final has a light spicy vein too; there is some alcohol warmth, but the alcohol is very well hidden.
Black with good, creamy, chocolate shake head, light lacing (barrel-aged) / Deep nose of tobacco, roast grain, dark chocolate / Full body, rich and chewy, some sweetness but excellent balance, good bitterness lurking underneath, alcohol well masked / Big, complex flavors of prune, date, dark roast coffee, semisweet chocolate, tobacco, licorice, honey, faint bourbon barrel / Spectacular, raising the oft-asked question of the difference between in imperial porter and stout.