This Christmas, Santa delivered a surprise in the form of a bottle from one of the jewels in the Vermont craft beer crown, Hill Farmstead. As you may know, getting a bottle of anything from this brewery is pretty difficult, even if you live in Vermont, so its appearance after dinner thanks to my brother-in-law was a very welcome surprise.
Definitely an after-dinner beer this one. This is a big stout, substantial in every way. Lots of oak and bourbon notes along with chocolate, vanilla, licorice, and cherries or plums. It’s got a pretty astringent finish at first, but that mellowed as the beer warmed. I took my time with this one; a great sipping beer we enjoyed sharing around the table. I’m not the world’s biggest bourbon fan, but I loved this stout.
When someone has a disappointing beer from these guys, please let us know.