AdamChandler (5051) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2013
On tap at the brewery & 750ML growler fill on 2/1/13. Enjoyed in a wine glass
Dorwart (2589) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2013
A - Soft black, 1 finger muted head that fades slowly.
S - Rye and Smoke on the nose, hint of chocolate beans and wheat
T - Lovely lightly smoked finish, hint of espresso beans and chocolate kisses. A hint of calcium in the middle of the tongue but it doesn’t linger.
M - Medium body, sharp carbonation that leaves pretty fast but with a tingling.
O - Very decadent and smooth, no alcohol bite or booziness at all, finish is neat and leaves you craving more. I really don’t like any beers with smoke but this really excels.
Nice strong light brown head of fine and dense bubbles. Head reduces slowly and leaves a nice sheet of lacing. Smoked malts, terriaki sauce, dark berries and some roasted grains. Color is a very dark brown. Wow, very flavorful. Lots of sweet malts, light smoked jerky meat, molasses, mild coffee and some licorice. Mild alcohol presence. Smoke is present but not overpowering at all. Perfectly balanced. Pretty clean finish with some lingering malts and roasted grains. A very good and plesant brew to drink. Thanks to Fredward for this one. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
500mL thanks to briandot. Deep brown to near black pour. Thick latte foam. Good lacing. Mild soap in the aroma is thankfully volatile giving way to mild but very present applewood smoked bacon, more than its barrel aged counterparts. Rich coffe and dark chocolate are forefront though. Taste is dense, rich, melted dark chocolate bar; heavy near Black IPA density, spruce, obvious hoppy balance, applewood smoked bacon returns. Palate is awesome- silky, dense, mild alcohol warming works perfectly. Really digging this one. Another unsurprising masterpiece from HF. tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a nice creamy tanned head. Aroma is very smokey roasted malty a bit sweet and acidy. Flavor is smoked ham a bit salty roasted and has a pleasant bitterness. Finishes biter smokey. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
Bottle shared by Drew. Thanks! Pours deep near-black with a dark brown head. Nose is prominent with a peat-like earthy smoke. Tar and anise to go with a rich roast and chocolate profile. Quite clean. On tasting, big and burly with a salty note almost. Persistent earthy smoke and big roast. Pushing into RIS territory but I dig it. super cool beer. Though nothing about this screams "Baltic" porter...
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle shared by Drew. Thanks, dude! Pours a rich deep blackish hue, near opaque, dark and full with a frothy tannish head. Fuller ring laces ok. Aromas are smokey, gentle roasty and coffee element. Some mellow cherrywood, earthy smoke. Faint campfire, some cocoa, toffee and toast. Initial is fuller body, some nice gentle sweetness, cocoa and gentle toffee. Touches of smoke and mellow roast as we round the corner. Some cocoa, silky sweet middle glides over the palate, fairly crushable for what the beer is. A bit soapy, bitter and dry as we start to round the corner. A bit dry, smokey, and bitter. Some roastiness, mellow spice. Really well put together, some good rich flavors, good balance of flavors, mellow spice as we round out. Overall, it’s not a big brooding girthy beer. Instead it thins out a touch, yet doesn’t detract. Really just a well constructed beer.. My only concern (not for this beer) might be that this beer is a touch thin to stand up to barrel aging (having never had any of those versions). Either way, a fantastic beer. Creamy and luscious with a rich and enjoyable smoke presence. j12601 (11831) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2013
On tap at Hill Farmstead during the Connoisseur session of the Third Anniversary Party. Pours a hazed brown to black with a medium to thick sized tan head. Long roastn, lots of dense malt. Loads of roast, cocoa, chocolate. Dense and thick, full of roast and cocoa. Chocolate leads into a long bitterness. Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle. Wish I could've gotten a few more ounces of this from the shared bottle because I feel like I was still trying to grasp the complexities of this one after my sample glass was empty. However, the glass I had was smoky, smooth, and very tasty. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle @ Armin’s apartment, courtesy of arminjewell. Pours a black appearance with a brown head. S’more, chocolate, marshmallow, cocoa, somewhat smoky aroma. Moderately sweet, burnt chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow, roasty smoky, campfire flavor. Chocolate and a bit of smoke stick around in the aftertaste. Definitely a tasty beer. Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle at Armin’s with friends. Pour is deep black with a big cream-colored head and good lacing. Big smoky, bacon, cocoa, somewhat earthy, nutty, roasty, cocoa, and campfire aroma. Taste is big cocoa, roasty malt, coffee, with very subtle smoke, anise, leather, molasses, and earthy with a hint of campfire on the backend. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Beautiful use of smoke; so well-balanced.