Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 147 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jaasen64:
4/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 03:38:27 | More by jaasen64
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2014 20:47:31 | More by Jeffo
Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.