zebra (2136) - Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2016
500-ml bottle from source. cascading head, ashy malty nose, creamy milky luscious, ashy burnt, subtle smoke, chocolate, superbly balanced. a nice break from fear and trembling. PhillyCraft (7216) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2013
On draft at Hill Farmstead, this was my favorite beer of the entire vermont trip. Very De Molen esque Pour was dark brown, pretty much black with medium sized coffee head. Good lacing and staying power. Notes were super rich, roasty, peat, chocolate, sweet malts, marshmallow fluff, burnt caramel, and hops. Body was medium to heavy but never overbearing. No booze at all for the alc percentage. Liked this better then the french oak cabernet and bourbon barrel version. Cheers Shaun. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bottled January 2013, 500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A - Pours a dark, dark brown body. Just a shade below black. Two fingers of mocha foam settles to a one finger cap of long lasting foam. Excellent lacing and moderate retention.
S - Smokey malts, ham, chocolate, coffee and a nice mineral bite. The smell is just phenomenal, smokey and rich with just enough sweetness and bitterness to keep things in check.
T - Starts off smokey and savory. Smooth milk chocolate and bitter coffee beans come to the rescue to provide some balance. Finishes with lasting ash and sweetness. This is a top notch smoked porter. Very delicious with the perfect level of smoke.
M - Medium bodied and creamy. Moderate level of carbonation.
O - I’m not a big fan of smoked beers, but this is right up there with Alaskan Smoked as the best I’ve ever had. Really great stuff. VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2013
500 ml bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, dates, figs. Flavor is dates, dark fruits (blackberry? cherry?), fig, slightly woody and notes of roast. Finish is mostly smokey, but also dark coffee, pure cocoa, earthy, sandy. Very pronounced bitterness. Lingering smoke, wood and dark grapes. Medium body, average carbonation. Surprising, very complex taste. A very solid sipper. ineedbeer (2152) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Bottled January 2013.
Aroma is fairly malty with lots of dark chocolate and roast along with a smokiness that really compliments the malt. Hints of sweet caramel along with some raisin, fig and prune. I cannot really nail the smoke but it definitely isn’t peat and has more of an alderwood or cedar character.
Pours black with a fairly thick, creamy looking dark tan head. Head recedes slowly but steadily leaving moderately high lacing and small legs. Head does not recede completely but lingers in the middle and along the edges.
Flavor starts with nice sweet dark chocolate notes and light roast. As it progresses you pick up more smokiness in the flavor. Only slight fruit notes, mostly raisin, plum and cherry. Finish has medium low bitterness with some lingering dark chocolate and smoke. Roast is more prevalent as it warms. Only slight alcohol notes. No hop flavor. Sweetness dies down as the taste proceeds.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is crisp but also slightly creamy somehow. The astringency is low but present due to the smoke and there is medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a very nice beer. The smoke character is unique but not overpowering and instead rather complimentary. It has a really nice mouthfeel achieving a silkiness while being crisp. It could perhaps have a bit more dark fruit character but that might clash with the smoke.
Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Wow, wow. Pours thick dark coffee in color with a creamy lighter caramel head. The aroma right away, as usual for HF, is accurate, potent, and pleasant for the style - this time bringingt perfectly balanced smoky notes and a campfire aspect with just a tad of sweetness, so nice! The flavor is quite similar, the balance of the smoked malts on a creamy body is excellent with a pleasant hoppiness at the end. Reynolds314 (3441) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 2, 2013
This is the best use of smoked malts to date. Really robust rich creamy baltic porter with the perfect amount of roasty smokey malts and a rich lightly sweet chocolatey base porter. Wow I love it and Im glad i bought 6. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Thanks to briandot yet again! Another outrageously awesome beer from Shaun. The most nuanced, complex, and beautiful combination of spruce and dank, dark hop character, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee, sweet smoke, maple, and spice -- everything is interwoven. Rich but smooth on the palate, good carbonation. Awesome. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2013
From a growler purchased at the brewery. Black pour with a mocha colored frothy head that lasts throughout the glass. Beautiful chocolate roast and soft but rich smoke lead to hints of brownie, cocoa nib, and bacon. Magical. A thick rich mouthfeel demonstrates a finish that is made satisfyingly dry by the deft combination of roasted barley and great attenuation. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Perfect blend of smoke and roasted barley, thick rich body and a ashy finish, awesome!