Birth Of Tragedy: Coffee Collective Finca Vista Hermosa Natural and Alaka
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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American Imperial Porter
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4.51 | pDev: 3.55%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: After aging for more than 28 months in bourbon barrels, we conditioned this rich imperial porter atop organic vanilla beans, as well as a blend of coffee beans including Finca Vista Hermosa Natural from Huehuetenango, Guatemala, and Alaka from the Guji region of Ethiopia. After months of bottle conditioning, and in honor of a certain someone’s 175th birthday, the beer is ready for release.
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Reviews by Luscious_Malfoy:
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4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 500mL bottle into a snifter. pours nearly black with a thin film of brown head which forms a collar around the edge of the glass that remains throughout the entire pour. nose is straight whiskey sting. i mean holy barrel. as it warms the vanilla becomes more prominent to make for a much sweeter and more pleasant aroma. taste is a wonderful mix of vanilla, bourbon and roast. i really don’t get any coffee. just general roastiness but porters typically have that roast flavor to them anyways. either way it’s delicious. mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side however considering this is a porter (albeit an imperial porter) i’d say it’s got decent mouthfeel. the vanilla gives it a slickness or smoothness that makes it quite enjoyable. overall, very nice iteration of this beer. vanilla sweetness combined with bourbon spiciness and porter roast. the vanilla gives it a little edge so it’s not just bourbon and roast. some actual coffee flavor and aroma on this would make it an absolute showstopper of a beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beers pours an inky and oily looking black color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like toasted marshmallows, caramel, vanilla beans, fruity coffee, bourbon, oak, and molasses.

There's not a lot of coffee here- I think the coffee itself adds a bunch of marshmallow and fruitiness that just melds with the base beer here. There's a wonderful dark toasted marshmallow flavor here that adds a very intriguing sweetness. There's some caramel and molasses, too, along with melted milk chocolate, and light roast.

This has a silky and velvety body, with a lower and soft level of carbonation, and a great drinkability. There is no booziness at all.

Even though it's not even close to a coffee bomb, this is really quite good, and the coffee really accentuates the high quality of the base beer. The vanilla is extremely well done here.

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Photo of stevec32
4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Birth Of Tragedy: Coffee Collective Finca Vista Hermosa Natural and Alaka from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 3 ratings