SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Big thanks to tectactoe. My first from the brewery and I was not let down. Huge milk chocolate taste and feel. Really really good. Perfect alcohol background. douglas88 (9502) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2013
500 ml...wish it was a liter bottle thanks to bytemesis . Pours a awe inspiring jet black color with a large tan mocha head. A rich nose of chocolate, lactose, big caramel. Big flavor abound with mocha, caramel, dark fruit, woody, some yeasty dry flavors, big sweetness almost balanced by bitter metallic roast and milky lactose. Lovely art here. This is a hefty brew, and brings the total package. Umm. Awesome. Roast and sweet caramel in the finish. A bit like a Baltic Porter, anise and licorice evident. Wonderful. ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. From notes, July 26, 2012.
A: Roasted coffee, chocolate, toasted malt and white bread crust.
A: Pours deep brown, practically black, with a nice one and a half finger width mocha-colored head leaving thin trails of lace down parts of the glass.
T: Follows the nose with smokey roasted chocolate. Toffee, light caramel and plenty of dry dark/raw chocolate with a smooth chocolatey finish. The beer is not very complex, but it’s a luscious symphony of creamy chocolate flavors throughout.
P: As with all Hill Farmstead beers, the mouth-feel is very near perfect. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation.
O: Worldclass for sure. Fantastic flavor profile, complimented immensely by the rich mouth-feel. Quite possibly the best porter on the planet. JBPortland (1551) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
2L growler, pours dark brown, black in glass with big fluffy gorgeous mocha head. Nose is bitter roasty coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, creamy. Taste is big roasted coffee, chocolate, cream. Finish is coffee, sweet malty notes, some nuttiness. Easily the best porter I’ve tried so far. Amazing. (From 11/15 notes) tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2014 Bottle: Thanks to LostGringo! Super dark, almost completely back with a nice layer of mocha-tan foam that settles to a nice collar. Aroma is milky chocolates, smooth roast, light coffee, a mild underlying sweetness, a touch of borderline campfire smokiness, & a beautiful, nutty finish. Taste follows right along, beautiful roasted malt profile with hints of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, burnt brown sugar, faint char, a kiss of dark fruit, & a slightly roasty, char finish. Robust & roasty with a smooth, creamy sweetness undercurrent that balances perfectly. Without question, one of the finest porters I’ve had to date. Balanced so well.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Bottle from canon. I like it because it's not stupid coffee flavor. Subtle flavor. Smooth. Yet still rich. Nice. Glad I got to try it.
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Pours very dark with brown head. Mild aroma of caramel. Smooth caramel flavor with a touch of coffee bitterness.
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Bottle from International Trade; dark brown pour with soapy tan head, meaty earthy aroma, taste is cocoa powder, some smoke, vanilla, coffee, sweet, light carbonation with engine oil viscosity and a smooth taste, absolutely excellent porter. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
growler, possibly the best porter that i’ve had to date. black black pour, very roasty & chocolatety, pretty bitter. fuller mouthfeel. another winner from HF deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
A- pours a heavy dark brown with a 1/4" medium tan head. Decent lacing.
S- heavy chalk, earth, coffee and bitter chocolate up front. Smoked malts and beef bouillon. Sourdough pretzels. Hop notes are present but understated - biting citrus, grass and soap.
M- oily and slightly bitter medium palate with a medium dense body.
T- bitter chocolate and citrus to start. Some chalk and salty smoke follow. Mildly doughy, coffee, dry grasses, orange rind, and a prune middle. Sustained ending is oatmeal, and a return to baker's chocolate, coffee, dirt and citrus.