tom10101 (6084) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle (500 ml). Traded by Max L., thanks! Black with a medium creamy brown head and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, Madeira, citrus, dark fruits and chocolate. Taste is of Madeira, roasted malt and citrus. Palate is rich and creamy. Good, tasty, easily drinkable and well balanced RIS. Quite pleasant! JulienHuxley (5807) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle. Dark black pour, dark brown head. Aroma of orange, roasted malt, dark chocolate, some rye spiciness. Taste is roasty, mix of citrus and dark chocolate, good balance. Palate is rich and creamy, quite smooth. mcberko (17815) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
500mL bottle, sent from cstromberg (thanks a lot, Chris), pours hey black with a substantial foamy tan head. Aroma is very complex, with notes of rye, coffee and red wine barrels all surfacing about equally. There is a mild roast character as well. Flavour brings out the rye upfront, with subdued coffee and roasted malt notes, leaving fairly vinous notes on the finish from the red wine barrels. The barrels are not overdone, accentuating the other characteristics nicely. Age has probably greatly diminished the coffee. Palate is quite carbonated, often a problematic effect from barrel aging. Great stuff, but below the par excellence usually produced by Shaun et al. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Pour from a bottle into a glass gave a dark brown black color with a nice tan mocha head. Aromas of cocoa, coffee. Medium bodied with perfect mouthfeel. Flavors are immensely complex and delicious. Roasted smoky malt, dark roast coffee, vanilla, oak and in the background the Madeira wine from the barrel. Not overly sweet or sticky and finishes dry enough. Fantastic beer and one of my new favorite stouts! hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle... Pours midnight black with a small, creamy, brown head. Decent retention. The nose is a warming, luxuriant assortment of fudge, coconut, roasted nuts and ethanol. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The flavor is intensely sweet, carbonic and acrid, featuring loads of charcoal and heaps of deeply-roasted coffee. Finishes burnt and bittersweet. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Been wanting to try this for awhile. Tiny bubbles galore clue me in that this is MASSIVELY over-carbonated, especially for the style. Coffee on the palate, roasted malt joins but not really that much complexity overall. Hmm, I really expected more from HF. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Big thanks to Moll for a pour of this one. Nose is quite interesting with some lightly-tangy fruit and nice barrel character beside roast and chocolate. Nice stout base and good barrel character. Really interesting. Smooth body. Quite good. yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2012
500 mL bottle shared by Starr.
Pours a dark, thin chocolate brown with a retentive dark tan head, little lace. Aroma is reminiscent of Genealogy, with slight spice, roast coffee and malt, with the addition of the Madeira barrels adding a slight tangy fruitiness; very balanced. Barrel aging is much more prominent in the flavor and first thing noticed on the palate. Similar to the year old keg of Genealogy at the 2nd Anniversary party my first thought is that this beer is... old. After that, a slight tang, with grape and dry oak, with spice from the rye and less malt or coffee than the nose or base. Medium thick and moderate carbonation; slightly thin and a light coffee acidity in the finish. Well integrated and unique, but doesn’t live up to Damon or the base beer fresh. An unique, remarkable stout, would love to have the base beer fresh again. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Sampled at GonzoIllini’s Birthday Party (Western Springs, IL). Happy Birthday, Tony! Pours a rich blackish pour in body, deep and dark with a good haze, some amber dark edges. A big cakey tannish head that sticks, laces well. Aromas are gentle spice and yeas(, coolness, estery fruit, gentle toastiness. Initial is really nice, rich flavors, some toast, apple, kiss of cocoa. Some more apple, pear, citrus, spice and yeast. Gentle toastiness, kiss of marshmellow, roast, toast, and kiss of cocoa. Faint coffee, yeasty gentle fruit, touch of tartness and dryness into the backend and finish. Some toast, gentle roast, faint cocoa, and richer fruit and dryness. Quite nice. I must say the barrel on this one really ups the complexity. Nice. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2013 My Bottom Line:
Wood, coffee, rye and cereal cookies merge before fruit and wood take over this complex Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam protects the impenetrable darkness.
-The second half is particularly fruity.
-Mouthfeel is quite chewy, almost viscous.
-Complexity is out of this world, as usual for Hill Farmstead.
-A touch of chocolate adds even more depth.
-This is aging very well. Was very good when it came out, but it’s even better now a few months later.