Daybreak - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by Phelps:
4.4/5 rDev +5.5%
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
More User Reviews:
3.79/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottle from the brewery.
Shared with the group at a recent tasting.
Poured a dark black-brown-ruby color, with a small cap of chocolate head that receded to a wispy layer, dotting the glass with lacing. Dark malts in the aroma, moderate roast with some coffee notes, and not much else. Not bad, just really nothing out of the ordinary, and nothing in the way of citrus going on. Similarly in the taste, there were the usual suspects for a good imperial stout: dark malts, roast, coffee, cocoa, caramel, earth, light hops in the finish. I barely got any orange at all, and in a blind taste-test I probably would not have even guessed there was citrus in this brew, perhaps mistaking it for a subtle hop flavor in the background. Medium-full body, and a good drinker, with the higher ABV pretty well hidden. Good as a regular imperial stout, but ultimately a bit disappointing, as any orange that was present had either faded or was just too hidden behind the dark malts.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2014 11:29:12 | More by Rifugium
Daybreak from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.