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Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 32
Gots: 18 | FT: 5
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 02-05-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Daybreak aged in Grand Marnier barrels.
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Ratings: 200 | Reviews: 23
Reviews by 4DAloveofSTOUT:
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4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pete for this bottle!

375ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.

poured into HF wine Stem.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with thick cap of tan khaki head eventually becoming a thin uneven cap.

Smell: sweet nose fillled with scents of gourmet milk chocolates and vanilla beans! Really gotta get your nose into this beer to get it, but definately an orangey liqour thing going in here too.

Taste: Roast malt with light bitterness; coffee grinds and baker cocoa immediately come to mind which I didnt see coming at all because the nose is fairly sweet and rich. Charred oak notes. Juicy oranges and vanilla, and bourbonesk flavor, but it is most likely the orange liqour that starts to become more evident in the middle of the beer. Oranges and orange zest that is has a sweet and lightly bitter contrast that is really quite interesting. Cant believe how much citrusy orangey flavor is in this stout, yet it still remains sturdy like a stout should be.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low almost moderate carbonation levels. Not a hint of booze at all. Drinks really easily. If I were to guess I'd say it would be 9 to 10% barrel aged stout that we are deal with here.

Overall: What a unique and special beer! This beer tastes like the Grand Marnier filled chocolates candies plus a charred barrel plus a roasty stout all rolled into one great beer. Another HIll Farmstead beer that is both innovative and creative, then brewed and barrel aged in an expert fashion to make this beer a high end drinking experience. This beer is excellent once it warms up and opens up unraveling all the layer of many different flavors.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jeffo
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from jbeatty a while back. Cheers man!

From a 37,5 into a snifter
Bottled January 2014

APPEARANCE: An opaque black pour yields a two finger, medium-thick, creamy, light mocha head with great retention. Pitch black body and basically no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full, creamy wisp. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Classic HF stout look. Excellent.

SMELL: The orange liquor is there for sure. Citrus, dark chocolate and some roasted and black malts are there. A little milder in the aroma, however. Some coffee under the oak and orange liquor barrels. Interesting, though a touch milder than hoped.

TASTE: The oak and orange liquor is there up front again with a bit of a roasted and chocolate base. Citrus from the orange is there still too, but rather faint at this point. Flavor comes out more after the swallow with more base stout. A punch of orange liquor gives way to a big and lingering aftertaste of burnt and roasted malts, bitter coffee and dark chocolate, a hint of oak and some vanilla sweet cream. The orange plays a small roll in the finish but it quite interesting up front. Fun stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch and finishes somewhat sticky on the palate. Some heat lingers, but not much. Could be fuller and creamier for the style, but still good stuff.

OVERALL: Really good with a very interesting orange liquor barrel. The first of its kind, as far as I know. Though it's somewhat mild, that's probably a good thing, as it allows the big and flavorful base stout, which is excellent in its own right, to shine though. Really fun beer that I enjoyed more than the scores indicate. Thanks again jbeatty. Always a pleasure.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very inky black. Impenetrably dark. Small khaki head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Intense roasted malt. Oak. Lots of both. Not an intense amount of citrus, but it's there.

Taste - Again, intensely roasty. Bright orange flavor. Gets extremely oaky without any abatement in the roast. Dry ashy finish. Funny fruity finish.

Mouthfeel - Abrasive. Very bitter. Very roasty. Medium body.

Overall - It's a shame. The concept seemed so good and the original beer was so good, but this isn't working so well.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage.

A - Deep black with a thin layer of medium brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Bitter roast, orange rind, oak and a liquor/spirit presence with some sweet chocolate in the background.

T - Bitter roast up front. Some orange and spirit flavours are also present along with sweet chocolate. The oak is present as well but very much in the background.

M - Medium to bull body; creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of smakawhat
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass. Much thanks Jim.

Deep black walnut body, and a nice thick light coffee and cocoa tan brown head. Easily makes three fingers off the pour on a nice controlled motion. Good retention, pretty basic, and lots of staying power, no lacing.

Oh this nose is beautiful. Deep roasted malts of coffee and dark powdered cocoa. Hints of thick chocolate liqueur and sweet oranges. Delicious sensing sweetness and brandy like grape warmth. This is so inviting, it's like beer roast schanps or something.

Palate just sings. THick notes of dark chocolate and wonderful silky round texture that fills the palate. Slight tobacco finish, and great orange liqueur like flavor. Cointreau/Tripel Sec sensing dark chocolate candy. Incredibly lush and chewy grained texture. Love this mouthfeel which has a hint of thick grain and coating chocolate. Warmth brings piping coffee which matches with the liqueur like angles so nicely.

Overall I am a sucker for chocolate and orange, and this is just rolling in it in spades. Just an overall wonderful beer, that is so nicely proportioned and balanced in this sense of unique and contrasting flavors. Great creation.

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Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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