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Daybreak - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 196
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Brad007, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of metalgdog
4/5  rDev -4.1%

metalgdog, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev -4.1%

sliverX, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of laxer8811
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

laxer8811, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of badboy7113
4/5  rDev -4.1%

badboy7113, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of doremite
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Beerdster
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Beerdster, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Anonymous1
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Anonymous1, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Bearded_Infamy
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Bearded_Infamy, May 24, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

tom10101, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Takeanotherswing
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Takeanotherswing, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.1%

djrn2, Mar 04, 2013
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
Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Kelp, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of jbuddle
4/5  rDev -4.1%

jbuddle, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Luk13
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Luk13, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Quackus
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Quackus, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -4.1%

largadeer, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.1%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of afksports
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

afksports, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
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...

TMoney2591, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev -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.

homebrew311, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Florida9, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of BeerCosmonaut
4/5  rDev -4.1%

BeerCosmonaut, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev -4.1%

doughanson78, Jan 05, 2013
Daybreak from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.