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Daybreak - Hill Farmstead Brewery


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195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout brewed with Citrus at Hill Farmstead Brewery with the company, hardwork, and input of our good friend Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller.

(Beer added by: bark on 09-28-2011)
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 4/8/2014. Bottled January 2014 and poured into a HF tulip.

A - Pitch black in color. This beer pours with a gloss that provides a lovely orange/brown hue around the edge of the glass. A whispy white head evaporates almost immediately. A wonderful looking beer.

O - Malt malt and more malt. I am immediately reminded of Edward (the only other dark beer I have had from HF) perhaps because the malt aroma is frank and pure. I get some liquor and barrel following, and some minor citrus at the fair end. A bit more coffee as it warms.

T - Malt, coffee, and a bit of liqour up front. The barrel really lingers, and presents a warming orange at the finish. When cool, the alcohol is well hidden; as it warms you get much more of the barrel presence. Still, it's a surprisingly mild beer, and when its cool the ease of drinking is marvelous.

M - Silken. Just extremely pleasant. I definitely enjoyed it a bit more when cold, as its surprisingly light on the tongue while remaining oily and bold (kind of like a nice rich cup of coffee). Once warmed, it drinks more like a watered down BA stout, though still enjoyable.

O - I wish this came in a bigger bottle. Only after finishing my share could I start to feel much of the alcohol, though at 10.5% its probably best savored in that fashion. A wonderful sipper which begs you do gulp it down. Another wonderful beer from Hill Farmstead. Who would have guessed!?

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 00:46:50 | More by TychoNDC
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4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Emma for sharing this.

January 2014 date on the label.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle to four glasses for the tasting with a pitch black body. Light mocha tan head forms to about a finger even on a small pour with a frothy texture. Head retention is decent as it falls to a small ring leaving spotty lace as well as a few patches.

S- Deep roast malts make up basically the entire nose of the brew for me. Dark roast maltiness, dark bitter cocoa powder, toasted oats, cereal grains and a tiny bit of an ashy burnt quality. Fair amount of hops and citrus round it all out, not sure if all of that comes from the citrus but it is nice and fresh feeling.

T- Follows the nose with a great base Imperial Stout. Roast and toast qualities really come out in all capacities with a breadth of flavors coming to mind. Notes of charred dark grains, cereal, toasted oats, rich dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, licorice and caramel. The citrus is trumped by the roast grains at first but starts to open more and more with warmth and it really adds a new dimension to stouts for me. Citrus zest oil hits the palate in the finish and compliments the deep roast grains. Slight liqueur edge that opens a lot with time.

MF- Not the thickest of all Imperial Stout bodies for me but at a moderately high chewiness after all. Carbonation at a decently high level which usually isn't that great in big stouts but without it the citrus might not shine like it does. Roasty and citrus peel bitterness in the finish.

At a certain point in the experience this beer hits a warmth where the zest, barrel and massive roast base stout open up and shine together. I personally think each element is done well and they balance and work off of each other. Another fresh, delicious HF brew, no surprise anymore.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 00:05:12 | More by cbutova
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin head, even from a vigorous pour, ~ 1/2 finger of dark brown foam, relatively quickly fading to an oily, bubbly sheen. Not completely unexpected for the style. Dark black brew, with a nutty red/brown highlight to it. Little flecks of lacing slowly slide down the glass.

Barrel aroma is immediately present with a light tartness and slight funkiness. Dark cacao and roasted malts behind, grain-heavy. Is there a hint of citrus there? If so, I can't really separate the "brewed with citrus" aroma from the liqueur barrel aroma. What the nose portends is a delicate and complex mystery.

Dark cacao first, followed by a thick, chocolatey and roasted malt body which rolls in strongly. Final third gives way to the barrel: slight sweet tangerine citrus, and a fairly strong, but well-balanced, liqueur (alcohol) flavor. Difficult to describe the barrel: woody and earthy, with a vanilla-and-liqueur blend that is hard to quantify.

Very thick mouthfeel, oily with a long finish. Lively with no real sting, virtually no hint of alcohol strength, no foam. Not chewy at all, but silky smooth.

The liqueur barrel isn't right up my alley, but it certainly adds a different kind of BA edge to this complex and very enjoyable stout. Very drinkable, although the liqueur presence causes you to pull up and slow down every couple of sips. Very interesting.

Bottled 2 1/2 months ago. Excited to try this one again in a year or more.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 17:04:17 | More by Roguer
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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - thick. Black as night. Very little to no head. Head that does linger is coffee like brown.

S - orange piff with a slight bitter smell. A little ethyl acetate.

T - orange citrus fruit that pushes though a well balanced thick bitter chocolate roast flavor.

M - dry with a nice full body low carbanation.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 21:41:50 | More by AllagashEvan
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus, earth, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with char, cocoa, and slight citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is an odd earthy quality in the taste that isn't to my liking.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 16:57:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this bottle for a while. It's the last of this beer that I have left and can't believe I've never reviewed it until now.

Pours a pitch black with a huge brown head into my glass. The head is the best feature here.

Sweet with hints of orange peel, cocoa and coffee in the nose. Someone who has never had a beer brewed with citrus may be confused about the lack of a "citrusy" essence. I'm not.

Coffee, cocoa and tobacco come to mind. The use of citrus adds some acidity and a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very rounded out. Coffee and cocoa shine more but I feel that the acidity is a little off-putting here. I'll chalk that up to my inexperience with anything other than the usual template for this style.

Very tasty, even if it takes some getting used to. The age has mellowed it out, allowing the alcohol to fade into the background and the flavors to come out more. Well worth it to age this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 03:06:18 | More by Brad007
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ couldn't get any darker, nice tanish head and a tiny bit of lacing.

S~ like a stout haha very roasty, lots of chocolate and a little coffe. some nice citrus notes on the end, lemon, bright orange and some lime.

T~ starts out following the nose, lots of dark roasted malt, followed by a little coffe, then some hop bitterness. once you swallow you get hit with a citrus zest, more so here then on the nose. the citrus gives this a nice sweetness, kind of like a milk stout but more acidity.

M~ smoooth as could be, especially for the high abv. a little warming but thats to be expected. nice carbonation and surprisingly not one bit dry.

O~ very nice, interesting stout. definitely not a HF favorite but its still very well rounded. everything comes out evenly despite the complexity. one thing HF is ridiculously good at pulling off no matter what. definitely let this warm up a bit before drinking as well, i'd say around 55-60. unless you must "catch them all" like myself theres not too much of a reason to seek this out. much better stouts out there but if the citrus aspect is pulling you in, definitely go for it!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 02:38:44 | More by Skrip
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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours completely black, not much light passes through this one, even at the edges. The head is tan with a slight tiny of grey. Some wet legging and a bit of spotty lacing is left along the edges of the glass. The aroma pounds forward with a helping of creamy coffee and some light hints of cocoa nibs. Some faint vanilla sits quietly in the background somewhere, accompanied by an almost bourbon-like warmth and character. Overall, it's a bit sweet and grainy on the nose, though I'm not getting much of a citrus character. Maybe a very, very faint hint of orange peel, but nothing that really stands out or catches my attention.

Daybreak starts off with a pillow of some lightly roasted malts and immediately dives into a somewhat smokey character, with a campfire-like charred component and hefty helpings of ash on the back end. Halfway through, the citrus comes out, and in a pretty big way; a nice blast of orange zest and lemon rind rushes to the corners of my mouth and provides a solid sweetness that isn't quite strong enough to be "tart". As quickly as this citrus joined the party, it bows it head and ducks out just as quick, leading the way into an aftertaste that's a bit nutty, woody, and very roasty. Alcohol is tame, especially considering it's 10.5% ABV. Medium-heavy body with a creamy texture and a mild amount of carbonation.

Very solid stout here, with a nice, albeit somewhat strange, addition of citrus flavors. Very drinkable and smooth given the high alcohol content. This went down without a problem, although I don't know if it's worth giving up a lot to get your hands on it. Nevertheless, still a solid stout all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 20:38:14 | More by tectactoe
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3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

For whatever reason, this beer makes me think of bad vampire novels or something... Anyway, it pours a deep dark sienna topped by a finger of light brown foam. The nose comprises candied orange peel, dry roasted malts, buttery toffee, and dusty lemon zest. The taste holds notes of mandarin orange syrup, roasted malts, light dark chocolate powder, and candied orange peel. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice stout, one that shows that a stout can indeed be blended with fruity elements without the latter taking over and ruining things, but it wasn't entirely my cup of tea: While the elements didn't actually clash, they didn't seem in complete cooperation and harmony, either. Still, it didn't turn out all that badly...

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 21:27:29 | More by TMoney2591
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with dark brown layer of head, spotty lacing left behind. Nose has dark chocolate and earthy hops paired with bright orange character. Notes of creamy vanilla, chocolate, and spicy character that I am familiar with from other Mikeller stouts. Taste is heavy on chocolate, roast, light on Citrus character. Some malty sweetness in the middle. Mouthfeel is moderate with light carbonation. Overall, it is quite interesting, the orange doesn't come through on the palate as much as I would have hoped.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 22:54:04 | More by homebrew311
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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark. Appears black, but light around the edge shows this to be dark brown. Forms a frothy mocha colored head. No lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malts. Maybe a little char. There is some citrus as well, but its a bit more acidic smelling than it would be from hops.

T: Roasted malts, light sweetness. Orange. Chocolate and cocoa. Citrus.

M: on the heavier side of medium, but a little thin for the style. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness. Slight citric acidity.

O: A good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 22:53:08 | More by Florida9
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New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Josh for this one. 500ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a big, 2 finger frothy mocha head with good retention. Beer is opaque black with stringy, thick lacing with decent cling. Moderately oily legs. Very solid overall.

Nose is orange rind, cocoa powder, liquorice, fudge, roasted malt, and lactose. Aromatic. Decently complex though a touch grainy.

Opens sweet fudge, mocha, and chocolate. Some citrus sweet notes float in and out but don't really make their presence felt. Roasted malt tartness with lactose to smooth things out at the middle. Finishes chocolate and some dark fruit. Coffee, cocoa powder, and roasted malt in the aftertaste. Decent. This one grows on you with time.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Silky and rich in the mouth and warm with a touch of heat going down. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Near perfect as always with Hill Farmstead.

Although this is still a very solid creation, its not one of the better dark beers from Hill Farmstead. That's not a knock against Daybreak but rather a complement to the incredible lineup from HF. Probably not worth the asking price but I wouldn't mind revisiting this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:42:09 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is jet black with creamy dark caramel head. Nose is heavier on the roast coffee, light vanilla and some touch of milk chocolate, light cherry and fair bit of citrus takes over. Body is thick, very heavy and creamy, taste is heavy roast coffee with notes of peat. There is some milk chocolate mid palate and faint sweetness in back and a slowly increasing citrus very powerful in back. It's almost like a loaded hop stout with assertive carbonation and a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 18:38:36 | More by cpetrone84
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3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into some snifters. The brew appears brown in color with some ruby brown clarity when held to the light. A finger of mocha head sits atop and slowly fades leaving spotty lacing on the glass. A swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma includes a hearty inclusion of musty coffee coupled with pulp from oranges. It has a bit of a soapy feel before the onset of more citrus as fruity alcohol notes. There is am herbal aspect and a minor veggie element here that while not obnoxious, just doesnt totally work for me.

The taste is bitter like chocolate with some hebal hops and a strong flavor of musty coffee. Some orange zest brighten things up a bit and transitions the flavor away from stale coffee. More sips reveal an earthen flavor mixed with fruit and some catty to veggie hop quality.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is musty and bitter with zesty elements which is unique but not good enough to warrent the trouble acquiring again. Its not a terrible brew but its also something I really wouldnt be interested in again either. Old coffee plus orange zest just didnt pan out all that well together.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 19:25:27 | More by stakem
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a couple of glasses. This is another one courtesy of Stakem.

Pours black with a thin frothy head of milk chocolate foam that flares up quite nicely when swirled, dotting the sides of the glass with a good bit of spotty lace. The aroma smells of bitter orange citrus, roasted coffee, cocoa and a ripe herbal feel. The orange probably has the strongest presence here.

The taste has a bitter orange rind character to it that stands out against a backbone of flavorful coffee and sweet notes of chocolate and caramel. The finish is dry and burnt with some lingering pithiness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a slick and creamy feel that dots the tongue a bit with a touch of crispness. This is extremely smooth feeling overall for 11% ABV and I probably never would have guessed that it was that high without looking at the bottle.

I dug this. It’s got a pretty nice Double Stout base to it as is but then that orange zest added an interesting dynamic to this that worked rather well with those other flavors. And I still can’t believe that this is 10.5% ABV. This is a smooth, flavorful and quite unique sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 19:09:55 | More by Kegatron
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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle thanks to SneazyAchew. Poured into CCB snifter.

A- Pours an opaque dark black with a thin layer of mocha brown slightly orange head that recedes fairly fast. About average to slightly above average carbonation for a stout. Some spotty lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, oranges, lemons, espresso, a little bit of booze in the background.

T- Dark chocolate balanced with citrus flavors of oranges, a little bit of lemon, roasted malts, finishes with a lightly sweet + citrus taste. Nice sweet citrus aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, a little bit on the lighter side for a stout, average carbonation, a tiny bit creamy but not too much.

O- This was a great stout that I really enjoyed drinking. The citrus provided a very nice flavor that mixed well with the dark stout flavors. Not my favorite offering from Hill Farmstead, but definitely did not disappoint. I definitely am glad I had the chance to try this, thanks again SneazyAchew!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 00:58:43 | More by jaasen64
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4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from jedwards in a recent trade. Cheers man. These HF beers were well enjoyed.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
Collaboration with Mikkeller
Brewed with oranges

APPEARANCE: Pours out black, pretty sludgy, and yields a two finger, medium looking, creamy, fluffy, tan head with very good retention. Jet black body with no visible carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and sticks to the sides of the glass a little. A slight wisp and ring remaind until the end, leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Lots of citrus on the nose still. Citrus hop notes and orange peel for sure. Some roasted malts and dark chocolate in there as well, but lots of citrus, lemon and orange aromas steal the show. Touches of espress in the back as well. Very bold and enticing.

TASTE: Some roasted malts, smoky notes, and dark chocolate up front, but some citrus hops up there as well. Lots of citrus, lemon, and definite orange peel at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of roasted espresso, cocoa powder, and lots of orange and citrus flavors hang around nicely. Strong bitterness as well. Very flavorful and interesting for sure. Lots of citrus flavors and hop qualities, but still a big roasted malt, chocolaty backbone.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes with a bit of a hop bite. Relatively dry finish. Nice, full, creamy feel.

OVERALL This is great. I normally don't really fall for overly hoppy stouts, but this one had a huge roasted, chocolaty, malty backbone to support it. The orange is still holding strong as well, and is in perfect balance with base beer at this point. With plethora of complex flavors and a nice, big, creamy palate to support it all, this one is definitely worth seeking out. Thanks again jedwards. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 19:49:10 | More by Jeffo
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Shared by ejyoung and poured into a tulip. This stout brewed with oranges is a collaboration between Hill Farmstead and Mikkeler. It boasts 1,000 ICUs, a made-up measurement for the amount of citrus in a brew.

Looks like a milkshake. The beer below is a deep black; the one-inch head is the creamiest, densest foam and the color of melted milk chocolate. It eventually recedes, leaving meandering trails of lace.

The ICU measurement may be warranted. Big orange notes in the nose, along with alcohol, cocoa, dark chocolate and toast.

Great flavor. Bittersweet cocoa nibs, a touch of toast, orange peel and sweet oats in the front. The swallow brings the rounder malt flavors that really smooth out the edges and add complexity. Vanilla, chocolate malt, orange slices, burnt toast. A lovely blend.

As expected, the body’s creamy like a milkshake, a nice medium-full. It fills the mouth up as it moves. Very soft nudges of carbonation add a little life to the brew, as does a quick heat of alcohol heat in the nostrils.

Daybreak is a better Black Butte XXIII. Creamy, smooth-flavored, delish.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 04:15:50 | More by Phelps
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New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing! The head is nice and fluffy; tan colored. The body is completely black. There is a nice amount of sticky lacing.

The aroma balances mocha with a hint of citrus. Notes of vanilla are noted.

The taste balances mildly sweet chocolate flavor with coffee notes. There is a nice bitter finish that have notes of citrus and piny hops.

The body is medium, with a nice velvety mouthfeel.

This is delicious. Another great brew from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 03:41:34 | More by andrewinski1
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Alec for swapping beers with me so I could get this one. This one pours black with a nice cap of of dark tan head with some thin soapy lace.

Slightly charred malts on the aroma with a pleasant orange undertone. Notes of coffee and bitter chocolate linger in the background. Seems a little charred but this is still pretty nice to smell. Good roasted malt flavor with with hints of coffee and bitter chocolate. The citrus comes through nicely. Not overpowering, just a nice edge.

The body is full and robust with soft carbonation. Overall this is a solid brew. Probably one of the better stouts done with fruit that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 03:39:14 | More by Bendurgin
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Cheers to SneezyAchew!

A: Pours near black with 3 fingers of dense and frothy milk chocolate head that slowly faded into a thick and lasting film. Solid sheets of sticky lacing were left down the glass.
S: I definitely get notes of the orange, with a little bit of chocolate coming through as well. This smells like those orange flavored chocolate orange slices that come in the foil.
T: Much less citrus than the nose. Dark chocolate, coffee, mocha, and a hint of grassy hops come through in addition to the orange. Dark chocolate really stands out, and the finish is full of it. The aftertaste is bitter and full of hops and roasted grains.
M: Very soft and creamy full body with a rich and smooth mouthfeel and velvety carbonation. This beer goes down smooth and easy and feels great on my palate.
O: Great head, great lace, great smell, great flavor and great feel. This was a wonderful stout on all accounts. Thanks again for hooking it up Mike!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 00:26:53 | More by scottfrie
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Michael, a nice beer to end the night with. Beer served in a snifter, beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, lacing, some carbonation, nice retention.

Aroma is sweet and roasty, not much citrus in the nose.

Beer is nice, it tastes like a Mikkeller stout honestly, moderate mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, a nice bitterness, sweetness, almost all the citrus is gone in here, an interesting and good beer. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 03:32:19 | More by drabmuh
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New Hampshire

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black color with a small light tan head that maintains a slick of foam and leaves many small spots of lacing on the glass.

Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt with orange and a touch of alcohol. Very aromatic and complex.

Chocolate and orange are the primary flavors, and great complimentary flavors at that. Roasty with a tart acidity.

Velvety and creamy body with a bit of tart juiciness to balance the smoothness. A great mouthfeel for sipping and contemplating on its own, even independent of the flavors.

Decadent and intense. This is a great beer for sipping and enjoying slowly over the course of an evening. An awesome experience. I first had this on tap at the harvest festival last fall and it impressed me as one of the greatest beers of 2011. Now with a few more months in the bottle, it still has the power.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 01:43:03 | More by CliffBrake
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just opened this and am really enjoying what I've found inside.
Poured at cellar temp into a crystal tulip.

An inky black semi viscous beer with a dark brown with an orange tinge head rests about a half inch thick.

Strong dark chocolate, bittersweet, orange zest, smoke, espresso, all held together with soft oak.

The espresso and bitter dark chocolate take over the palate, with the orange zest pulling down the finish. It a little tart finish which cuts some of the sweet tones from the beginning.

This was a little lighter in the mouth than I anticipated from the viscosity, but since the carbonation is pretty decsent it kinda softens things out.

Overall I like this,
I'm having it with an espresso stout cake for desert so it's pairing very well. I like the addition of the orange as its a subtle but still noticeable characteristic of the beer.

Thank you ashleymiller for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 04:16:36 | More by MexicanSkittel
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is dark brown, nearing black. The beige head is nearly a half inch thick, fading to an oily thin layer atop the beer. The aroma is classic Mikkeller. Dark roast, oak, booze, chocolate. Roasty and smooth on the palate with a nice hop finish. Lots of chocolate and bitter roast in the flavor. Medium bodied with solid carbonation. A very good stout, I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 00:13:33 | More by Huhzubendah
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Daybreak from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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