Song Of Winter
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Song Of WinterSong Of Winter
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
American Stout
Ranked #33
Ranked #7,436
4.13 | pDev: 8.23%
Feb 19, 2024
Jan 08, 2023
Stout Brewed with Cocoa Nibs

Our annual retreat to grey days, absent the multiplicity of summer songbird hymnals, finds us with a resting unease and a reminder that our only solace lies in understanding that we must befriend the cold wind. H.D. Thoreau wrote, “Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask. She has long ago taken her resolution.”

With the spirit of the North and our own deeply founded habitation, we offer to you this Song of Winter: a rich Chocolate Stout brewed with an abundant addition of fresh cacao nibs sourced and roasted by Colombia’s Tibito Chocolate and imported by Maine’s In situ Food Co. In Situ’s ideology and vision stand apart from the typical Western Economic Ethos: shifting from a model of extraction of raw resources to one of adding value within countries of origin, empowering communities to build wealth, and protecting their environment.
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Rated: 4 by Gobzilla from California

Feb 19, 2024
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Feb 16, 2024
Rated: 3.5 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Feb 12, 2024
Rated: 4.1 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jan 18, 2024
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Sabatinis in Exeter pa early this evening.

Standard stout look, small tan head, scattered lacing. Nice aroma of chocolate malt. Taste is chocolatey with a mild smokey roast. This Carrie's over into a lasting finish, doesn't dry out or get overly sweet. Lovely pint.
Jan 13, 2024
Rated: 4.25 by SkiBum22 from New York

Jan 13, 2024
Rated: 4.25 by JonB25 from Delaware

Dec 22, 2023
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Reviewed by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
#91 of unique HIll Farmstead offerings that I have sampled. I am down to single digits in the countdown to 100 Hill Farmstead beers!

16oz can poured into Hill Farmstead white logo Durobar Charente.

Canned on the date of 01/11/23.

Appearance: Black bodied stout with khaki colored head that pours 3 fingers tall. Dense & creamy looking head with incredible staying power. Thick lacing absolutely coats the glass. This beer looks incredible. Very aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.

Smell: Chocolate forward malts & cocoa nibs. Earthy hops. Might even be smelling some oatmeal?

Taste: Roasted malts with balanced chocolate sweetness. Earthy hop finish with more roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter end of a medium bodied stout. Low and adequate carbonation levels here.

Overall: I am having some nostalgic reminders of Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate stout from this beer. I am willing to bet this might have been the inspiration for this beer for the Hill Farmstead crew.
Nov 30, 2023
Rated: 4.05 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Oct 20, 2023
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Reviewed by jbertsch from Massachusetts

2.64/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Very surprised. This comes nowhere close to the standard that HF has set. It tastes mediocre at best but really is not even that. Aroma is muted, body thin and lifeless, and the flavor is very boring. Wish I could get my money back.
Jun 03, 2023
Rated: 4.34 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Mar 19, 2023
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 16 oz can, dated 2/14/23 into the test glass.
A - Deep dark brown backdrop hides whats happening. Evidence of gentle carbonation is in the form of a tight knit, lite mocha cap. As the experience progresses a ring of same tight knit clings to the glass wall.
S - A melange of char, cocoa powder, dark roast coffee, with some warming, the cocoa is more pronounced.
T - Notes of coffee, cocoa, like a strong mocha. Theres a great grounding center of roast malt.
M - Medium in body, a nice bite to the middle, with a lovely dry finish.
O - A very good stout, with plenty of depth, nuance. No gimmicks, simply a very good chocolate stout.
Mar 19, 2023
Rated: 4.41 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Mar 19, 2023
Rated: 4.06 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Mar 17, 2023
Rated: 4.06 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Mar 17, 2023
Rated: 4.46 by abrodsky from Massachusetts

Mar 12, 2023
Rated: 4.01 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Mar 10, 2023
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From a 16oz can, dated 02/14/23. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours oak-brown like a strong cup of coffee with a finger of khaki suds. Retention is unremarkable, leaving a scant fizzy cap and a narrow collar.

Nose is roasty and malty with the nutty aroma of toasted granola.

Taste is reminiscent of a strong acidic cup of bitter mocha java coffee. Tasting cocoa powder and toasted granola with a tart red berry note at the end.

Feel is powdery smooth and dry, medium-light bodied with ample fine, gentle carbonation.

I resisted the urge to write it above but, once I got it into my head I couldn’t get it out: it tastes like if Trader Joe’s made their own store brand Count Chocula. Not really. Except... well, yeah, sort of.
Mar 02, 2023
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Rated by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Thank you, Keith!
Feb 24, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Feb 21, 2023
Song Of Winter from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 29 ratings