Hermod (8416) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2016
[email protected]Garrold (5673) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2016
warpigs. Pours near black with a thin off white head. Nutty, dark chocolate, nutella like creamy nutty aroma. Flavor has dark roasted coffee, ashy notes, dark dark chocolate / cocoa powder, plummy finish. Dry, hoppy finish. Complex.
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2016 Bottle, by way of trade with Rich182. Huge thanks, Rich. Clear, dark, chestnut brown. Thin, dense, sticky, viscous, tan head. Aroma of light roast coffee. Soft, gingery spice. Some cocoa. Some fruity chocolate. Subtle cinnamon. Maybe wouldn’t have picked it up if I wasn’t looking for it? Soft, fruity tang behind all that. Whatever, it smells great. Taste is light, tangy bitter. Soft, vanilla sweetness on the lips. Smooth, airy palate. Very easy drinking. Fruity, vinous, cocoa bitter finish. Nice one. 77ships (11304) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2016
500 ml. bottle sampled @ Hopishop #3. 11.18.15. Pours black syrup with no head; nose is thick molasses, umami roast, syrup, licorice, low coffee & sadly no vanilla or cinnamon. Taste is roasted coffee, syrup, umami, basic syrup, low herbal, bitter basic malt roast, cheap syrup, low licorice, very faint hazel. Syrupy & umami. Overly umami for me, one would expect more classical sweetness from a cinnamon, vanilla & coffee porter. Yeah where is my vanilla & where is cinnamon? This might not be ubber fresh by no way should so much vanilla or cinnamon fade to nothing this quickly. Hill Farmstead is for sure a very good but the nearly religious cult of Shaun Hill worship remains lost for me. This is a decent porter, fans might argue that this is balanced, I would argue that if you brag about using cinnamon & vanilla it should be there in the taste. The more remote your brewery is, the better it supposedly is. Someone I feel like Americans try to out-hype each other. Mortlach (2522) - Rome, ITALY - APR 27, 2016
750ml bottle shared by luttonm @FrankenBierFest (Rome). Thank you Matt! Pours deep brown with a medium cappuccino head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, lots of vanilla. Flavour is rich and complex with a rounded body, medium sweet with a good bitter end. Medium to high body, medium to low carbonation. Great one! ippopotamo36 (2580) - Rome, ITALY - APR 17, 2016
Bottle shared by luttonm in Rome-Italy. Grazie. Pours black color, brownish head. Nose: grounded coffee, roasted, a bit smokey. Great. Mouth: cocoa, vanilla, clean finish.
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vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2016
Bottle. Dark pour with light head. Roasted, chocolate, vanilla and dark aromas. Flavors are similar, roasted, vanilla, chocolate and sweet notes. Alengrin (5779) - BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2016
UPDATED: APR 3, 2016 Bottle traded for some Struise vintages in Ghent, cheers Xavier! Very curious about this, seen the fact that this brewery has been hyped by beer geeks to a very large extent in recent years, more so for its saisons and IPAs perhaps, but still... Thick, dense and moussy, yellowish beige, lightly lacing head over a blackish beer with hazy but translucent chestnut brown edges. Complex aroma: a lot of beef stock and bitter chocolate, some faint shoe polish-like solvents but actually fitting in well, old blanket, salmiak, dry earth, bayleaf, subtle and hardly noticeable vanilla touch, dried nettles, white pepper, elderberry, wet leather and, after warming up, a lovely, unexpected, sweet hint of red wine or even sherry. Very umami-like onset, stewed beef and even some dried porcini, low but effective sweetishness of dried fruits, rounded and slightly oily, creamy mouthfeel with velvety texture and soft carbo, some elderberry-like sourishness underlying; caramelly malts turning immediately nutty and eventually toasted, leading to a bitter chocolatey, lightly coffeeish roasted, mouth-filling bitterness; peppery and spicy hop bitterness adds dryness while a basic roasted barley sourishness lingers and retronasally, elegant and subtle hints of vanilla and red wine appear. Technically perfect, the vanilla aspect could have been a lot more pronounced in my opinion, but instead I got unexpected sherryish or red wine-like aromas which make this altogether different from most other porters. Subtle, delicate, completely satisfying example of the style, very glad I tasted this - now on the lookout for more beers from Shaun Hill. ben4321 (6772) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Draft at Fools Gold for their Hill Farmstead event, 2/20/16. BiiruBierBeer (1059) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Dark brown color. Lots of coffee and roast with a bit of spice. Vanilla sweetness balances it out a bit. Fairly rich overall, but with an easy drinkingness to it as well that just really works. Nice mix of flavors, really good feel. Just a very tasty and enjoyable beer.
Smells like coffee grounds and a bit of marshmallow. Taste is super roasty coffee with a nice aftertaste of chocolate. Medium body, medium carbonation, and low foam. Mr_Abner (388) - Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours black with an ample, mocha head. Messy lacing coats the glass after a few sips, slowly receding head.becomes a soft ring around the glass. Aromas of cocoa, roasted malts, alcohol, scant vanilla. A medium bitterness that builds and lasts well into the finish, a light to light+ sweetness underneath. Mouthfeel is great. Medium bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. Some cinnamon spiciness creeps up in the finish, but it is subtle. Bitter finish.