Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by jmarsh123:
4.15/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
Pours pitch black with no head at all. Slight beige cling around the edge of the glass.
Aroma features a ton of vanilla along with a bourbon kick, some roasted malts and sweet chocolate.
Thankfully not quite as sweet as the nose would indicate. Lots of good roasted coffee mingle with the vanilla to produce a good milk chocolate flavor backed up by a kiss of bourbon. Gets a bit boozier as it warms, but very well integrated and never gets overpowering, but complements the base beer. A little residual sweetness although the roasty and sweet flavors balance supremely well.
And here is the bugaboo. I don't think I've ever had a HF beer that did not ace the carbonation test. Whatever the style, they all seem to be perfect and that's what makes this even more disappointing. Good creamy texture, but almost no carbonation. I'm talking near HOTD & Kuhnhenn levels of nothingness. I think a style like this should have lower carbonation, but this level almost mutes the flavors and make it taste almost like stale Irish coffee despite the excellent flavors and great barrel integration.
What could have been. These are some of the most outstanding flavors I've ever had in a porter, but the mouthfeel just makes this a good not great beer for me. That said, it's still pretty impressive that I completely hate one aspect of this and it's still a solid beer. If you like extremely low carbonation levels then you'll love this one as the flavors are great, but if you don't you'll end up just a bit disappointed.
Serving type: bottle
08-13-2012 21:23:13 | More by jmarsh123
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3.6/5 rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25
Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.
NOTE: The problems here started early. Upon removing the bottle cap, there was no noise, no "pfft" of releasing carbonation, nothing...
A: Dark - essentially black - and opaque. Other than a few stray large bubbles that formed briefly on the top, there was no head, and no visible carbonation at all.
S: Here's where the bottle really shined. Bourbon, roasted sweet malts, dark fruit, candied raisins and plums, chocolate, leather, oak barrel tannins, and an overarching coffee aroma that still let the other notes have their places. Very nice.
T: Bourbon, roasted malts, and barrel in a nice balance. Sweetness from the bourbon and dark fruits, coffee and cacao. Some hop bitterness mixed in with the rich mocha hang.
M: Body seems thinner than the other Hill Farmstead porters I've had. Alcohol seems well-integrated into other flavors. But the big loser here is the complete lack of carbonation.
O: I feel like this could have been a sample of a beer pulled of the tank, and I would have said, "Wow, that's going to be a really good beer when it's finished." Unfortunately, this was what made it into this bottle. I'd love to give it another chance, and if so I will update these scores. But the total lack of carbonation killed the mouthfeel, and didn't let the flavors come through as they should have. I guess this may have been a bad bottle? But I'm very disappointed.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 23:35:52 | More by macrosmatic
4.6/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
22oz (?) bottle split 2 ways with BA morningthief.
Appearance: Pours black with a tan head and leaves a wall of lacing.
Smell: Coffee and some boozy malt notes.
Taste: Excellent. Coffee, raisin, bourbon soaked brownies, thin mints. I'm not a huge fan of the base beer, but the time in a bourbon barrel did the requisite magic.
Mouthfeel: Soft and creamy. Full side of medium bodied. No dryness, but still excellent.
Overall: Another great Hill Farmstead BBA beer. They're as good or better than Firestone Walker or Goose Island or Fifty/Fifty or the Bruery with barrel aging.
What's there to say? Lots of thin mint, dark fruit, coffee, vanilla. It's an excellent beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 04:24:04 | More by Pahn
Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 810 ratings.