Daybreak - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.78/5 rDev +14.6%
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
District of Columbia
4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
From notes, on draft at HF Harvest Festival.
Viscous black pour with a thick, dark brown head. Great retention. Aroma is rich blend of roast and chocolate malt with citrus peel and light citrus hops. Molasses, burnt sugar, citrus zest and pine also present throughout. Crisp, smooth and creamy body with moderate carbonation. Flavor is remarkably unique and unlike anything expected. Initially typical stout flavors of roast malt, ash, molasses, dark chocolate and brown sugar before finishing with a zesty and fruity orange punch (nothing like an IPA however). Somehow, it all works in perfect balance and this is one of the most unique and enjoyable stouts I've had recently.
Serving type: on-tap
11-26-2011 21:02:00 | More by yourefragile
4.53/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A buddy took a photo of the first glass of this beer to hit our table. It was posted on Facebook and our group of friends have been admiring it all day today. It’s a perfect looking beer. Just beautiful.
Thick creamy tan head with awesome retention. In same lacing. High Sheen black color.
Aroma is of chocolate, dark roasted malt. For quite a while I was commenting that I could not detect any orange notes. This slightly changed as the beer warmed considerably. There is a VERY slight sense of citrus peel oil. But that’s about it.
Tons of chocolate notes some dark fruit. As noted above, would not have noted orange in anyway without knowing this. Also, could detect some citrus oil later, but very mild. Nice rounded roasted malt flavors without any harshness.
Very smooth and silky mouth feel. Rather bold body.
Very nice beer. Hill Farmstead’s consistency in building these beers is rather impressive.
Serving type: on-tap
12-31-2011 19:32:42 | More by Reagan1984
Daybreak from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.