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Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged)Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged)

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BA SCORE
92
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147 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 30
Gots: 21 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout brewed with Citrus and Aged in Orange Liqueur Barrels for more than a year.

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 02-05-2014)
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

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
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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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Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.