presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 My beer of the year 2011. Bottle. Thick dark brown beer with a brown head. Big roasted malt nose. Lots of coffee and a hint of chocolate. Tastes like a rich hand made chocolate pudding. You can almost feel the chocolate bits in your teeth. A rich delicious beer. And it has alcohol too! Every sip tastes better and better. Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Light tan foam along dark brown to black brew. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate. Big roasty nose, oh this was wonderful. The big malt flavor and well balance roast to help balance. The coffee and toffee really shoots through. Great Brew!!! Mortlach (2490) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 12, 2017
750ml bottle shared by luttonm @Johnny’s Off License. Thank you Matt! Nera, densa, impenetrabile, schiuma scura color cappuccino, molto persistente. Al naso straordinario tripudio di tostature, tavoletta di cioccolata artigianale fondente, gianduja, caffè. In bocca è perfettamente bilanciata, attacco dolce, cioccolatoso con finale caffettoso e amaro perfetto, molto lunga e persistente a dispetto della gradazione alcolica contenuta. Corpo pieno, lunghissima, cremosa, vellutata al palato, carbonazione media. Semplicemente accademica. L'Everest della birra. eriendeau22 (23) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Best porter I’ve ever had. Perfect smokey taste. The chocolate, coffee, and caramel flavors blend together perfectly. Hill Farmstead may be in the middle of nowhere VT but if you like porters its worth the drive. samami (4) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 26, 2012 does not count
This is the best Porter I have ever had. Smooth, rich without being heavy, sweet but not cloyingly so. One of my favorite beers.caramel, coffee, roasty, chocolate, dough, black, brown foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
jra1983 (32) - york haven, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2013
this is an amazing porter easily the best i have had. It has a tan head and lacing that coats the glass nicely. the smell is of roasted coffee, earthy, roasted malt. the mouthfeel is smooth like silk, very full bodied, it coats your mouth. very good! MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2012 My Bottom Line:chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Raisins, molasses and dark chocolate thrive in this sumptuous Robust Porter, effortlessly moving into a levelled bitterness of resinous hops and roasted malts. I cannot imagine a better Robust Porter.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the brown-edged black, lacing nicely.
-The mouthfeel is chewy, crunchy and nourishing, yet lets itself be drunk easily.
-Caramel sweetness and resinous hop bitterness are well balanced in the finish.
-The malt flavors are truly tantalizing. This is as complex as it is satisfying for dark beer lovers. They also linger languorously in the finish. Wow.
Many bottles (weeee!!) and on tap at Hill Farmstead and at the Siboire.
Growler poured into my Hill Farmstead glass... Pours a dark brown, almost black with a nice medium tan head. Good carbonation, retention is nice, no lacing... Aroma is outstanding, the epitome of what a porter should smell like, perfect coffee, a hint of alcohol, and dark fruits, simply perfect... The taste is equally perfect. Only thing that I wish it had was smoke to come to close to the Captain Lawrence Imperial Smoked porter. Roasted coffee with hints of chocolate, a slightly bitter finish. Did I say perfect? yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - SEP 5, 2011
This really flirts with perfection - a clean and focused strong porter. Strong chocolate and coffee. Rich and bold... big shout out to joet for orchestrating an excellent labor day, and the norbay crew for rocking out Steve_0 (3744) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2013 Acquired through trade, courtesy of Adam. Thanks Man! Bottle shared at Home with friends. Poured pitch black with a small tan head and good lacing. Very viscous and syrup-like in appearance. Smell is dark chocolate, light char, dark fruit, coffee, a touch of leather, vanilla, graham crackers, and light tobacco. Taste is very chocolatey, tobacco, licorice, dark fruits, espresso, toasted malt, earthy, chewy, and char. Getting a lot of coffee lingering in the finish and it is delicious. Seriously creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Very nice beer and easily the best porter I have ever had. A dark, malty, roasty porter with an assertively balanced hop presence; something I could drink everyday of the week. Every time I drink this thing I love it more and more. Could possibly be my favorite beer of all-time. Simply exceptional.