Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by jaasen64:
4/5 rDev -2.9%
375ml bottle poured into stemmed HF glass. Bottle split two ways.
A- pours an opaque black, a thin mocha head forms that has a fitting slight orange hue and recedes to just a thin ring along the sides. Looks great but could use a little bit more head.
S- Orange liquor comes out fairly noticeably giving a slight candied orange smell, orange balanced with a nice roast, slight dark chocolate, and a decent malt profile. Fairly aromatic, nicely balanced, and well done for what it is.
T- Creamy dark chocolate, fairly light orange profile, decent roast coming out more on the finish with a orange liquor presence. Decent overall stout. Orange liquor adds a subtle but unique balance however not a huge fan of its presence overall, instead of a fresh fruit presence it's a little bit more of a candied orange presence however I really like how it balances with the roast.
M- Very slick, fairly light for a 10% barrel-aged stout, very little carbonation, could use a little bit more body.
O- This was well done for what it is and makes use of a barrel that isn't commonly used much with beers. I liked how all the flavors balanced but I wouldn't say this is my favorite flavor profile in a HF beer. It's been a little while since I had the original Daybreak so its hard for me to compare, however from what I can remember this is fairly similar with maybe slightly more roast and more of an orange liquor presence on the finish and nose. This is definitely worth trying however I wasn't quite as blown away as I am with a lot of other HF beers.
02-16-2014 03:38:27 | More by jaasen64
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4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-27-2014 20:47:31 | More by Jeffo
2.95/5 rDev -28.4%
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.
04-22-2014 01:53:37 | More by Alieniloquium
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
04-21-2014 01:46:53 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.79/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
05-18-2014 02:28:23 | More by smakawhat
Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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