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Daybreak - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

267 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 197
Gots: 49 | FT: 10
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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Reviews by cpetrone84:
Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

cpetrone84, Nov 29, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

tectactoe, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

fo1ksguitar, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

bpfrush, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Cynic-ale, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of doremite
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Bearded_Infamy
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Bearded_Infamy, May 24, 2013
Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

SPRichard, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of pwoods
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kels' bf for the bottle.

500ml brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours deep black with medium viscosity. Not much head or retention. Not really any lacing but some oily legs.

S: Definitely plenty of citrus that smells kind of odd blended with the stout. Not a ton of roast.

T/M: Plenty of citrus and more citrus flavors from the hops. A bit more roast than in the nose and a bit of chocolate. Nice velvety slim mouthfeel than finishes surprisingly dry.

D: Interesting beer that's a bit odd. Not my favorite but worth a try.

pwoods, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.1%

acurtis, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of lnashsig
5/5  rDev +19.9%

lnashsig, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

mdaschaf, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of jh1982
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

jh1982, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Roguer
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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.

Roguer, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Ace1117
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Ace1117, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

struttinj, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Gonzoillini, Dec 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

hooliganlife, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Thanks to Kirchhoff for this bottle!

Appearance - Pours with a nice mocha head. It settles into nice swirls of foam atop a black body until it finally fades into a ring. The foam clings to the glass.

Smell - I've been reading reviews where people are saying that the orange flavor is an afterthought, but I think it's fully integrated into the stout/porter aroma. Huge hop presence, which certainly blurs the line between what is hops and what is orange, but the orange is distinct from the hops. Smells like a black IPA with a giant chocolate backbone and a nice aroma of orange peels.

Taste - Huge hop profile at first. Citrus hops. This feels like it was dry hopped like an IPA. Chocolate in the background that eventually comes to the forefront. Distinct orange flavor throughout the drink. It neither fades nor becomes more prevalent. It adds to the flavor nicely. Really terrific.

Mouthfeel - It's got a bitter finish, but it's negligible considering the hop presence of this stout. It tastes nowhere near 10% ABV. I keep taking sips to wrap my taste buds around the citrus flavors and the alcohol never makes an impact.

Overall - This is great. Definitely something that needs to be consumed fresh. It has probably already faded, but it's still delicious. I could go for a touch more roasted malts to really bring out the complexity of the base stout, but the oranges are a great touch. Yet another exceptional HF beer.

Alieniloquium, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Kegatron, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of bashiba
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark black with a thick dark tan head.

The smell is a nice misture of chocolate and citrus, nice fresh hops, a touc of orange.

A nicely hoppy imperial stout, the chocolate mixes well with the oranges. Nice contrast of citrus and dark malts.

The mothfeel is a nice mixture of creamy and resiny, thick and oily.

Drinkable and very tasty, more like a really good black iipa

bashiba, Dec 11, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

acidreflux, Oct 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

dsgolovin, Dec 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Denzo, Mar 15, 2014
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Daybreak from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.