Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.58/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This was bottled 10/2013.
Appearance: Pours a deep, deep brown/black and leaves a finger of brown/dark tan head, which lingers for a short while before fading to a tan layer atop the beer.
Smell: Rich dark chocolate, coffee, charred oak, vanilla, dark fruits, a hint of raspberry. Very well balanced.
Taste: Sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee beans, cinnamon, honey, charred oak, a hint of plum and raspberry. Sweet, but to a nice level (not overly). Again, well balanced with really nice flavors.
Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a medium to thick, creamy body. Smooth finish - alcohol is masked well.
Overall: Really well balanced porter with a delicious, sweet profile. Really nice, creamy body and a great finish. One of the best porters I've ever had.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 22:48:39 | More by Resuin
3.71/5 rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to bilco for acquiring the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.
Appearance: Near black with a dark khaki head. Solid retention starts with a small head dropping to a constant small creamy cap and collar. Spots of lacing, but it's minimal. Moderate carbonation on the pour.
Smell: Deeply roasted and mildy burnt malts. Raw honey coupled with vaguely nutty coffee. Fresh coffee bean and some slightly burnt malts. Honey builds as it warms. Roasty. A touch sweet with some caramel and caramelized malt. Some char and a hint of smoke. Minimal hopping, adding a touch of an herbal finish. Bourbon barrel is a nice addition adding some vanilla, a hint of coconut, and some toffee almost butterscotch. A ton of cocoa and bitter chocolate.
Taste: Honey bourbon. More cocoa than I've encountered in a porter. Bitter baker's chocolate and some sweeter milk chocolate. So much cocoa. A hint of vanilla, coconut oil, and toffee. Some caramel sauce with a nice compliment of caramelized malts. A touch of butterscotch and alcohol. A touch grassy with some herbal elements. More and more honey as it warms. Boozy with some mild alcohol esters. A touch of vague alcohol spiciness. Sweet sweet sweet.
Mouthfeel: Mostly creamy medium leaning to full body. Moderate carbonation.
Overall: Tragic sugar fat.
Sweet, too much so. Everything else is solid, but I has diabeetus.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2014 20:00:17 | More by Goblinmunkey7
3.79/5 rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Cheers to Bilco for acquiring this for both Goblinmunkey7 and me, cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this particular bottle
Appearance: Dark brown, pours with a light tan head, keeps a small cap, leaves some nice spots of lacing
Smell: Chocolate in abundance with a hint of bourbon - dark chocolate, cocoa, and milk chocolate - chocolate and caramel malts - roasty coffee in the aroma, but the honey is even more obvious - very sweet smelling, with milk chocolate and honey - bourbon rounds out the aroma - some dark fruits and vanilla as well
Taste: Big chocolate with some bourbon - almost like some kind of artisan chocolate bar - dark chocolate, fudge, cocoa, semisweet chocolate - sweet malts with a serious honey component - coffee and roasted malts, but these flavors are mostly overshadowed by the honey - bourbon flavor is quite potent without being overly woody, boozy, or intense - lots of malt sweetness with some vanilla
Mouthfeel: Somewhere between medium and full, smooth, nicely carbonated, finishes and clean
Overall: Birth of the Beetus
As one would expect, Hill Farmstead can make a great imperial porter. This has some remarkable chocolate notes, with some equally remarkable honey notes. The coffee is pretty nice, but overall it's a bit too sweet. This may improve substantially over time.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2014 19:57:39 | More by angrybabboon
Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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