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Daybreak - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 189
Gots: 45 | FT: 9
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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-05-2013 04:42:37 | More by BeerCosmonaut
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-05-2013 03:29:25 | More by doughanson78
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:42:09 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-30-2012 03:22:16 | More by chippo33
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 18:38:36 | More by cpetrone84
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-27-2012 18:37:45 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-21-2012 16:52:43 | More by Mark000
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-14-2012 20:46:34 | More by buffs9
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-08-2012 02:45:22 | More by xenjoiii
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3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
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 +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 19:09:55 | More by Kegatron
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

07-25-2012 19:16:00 | More by DoubleSunshine610
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-14-2012 17:54:12 | More by bpfrush
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New York

5/5  rDev +19.9%

07-02-2012 01:22:44 | More by cestlavie
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4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

06-15-2012 03:10:07 | More by seeswo
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-13-2012 05:54:13 | More by Ultraman9000
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4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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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New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

06-01-2012 17:25:48 | More by airbag11
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

05-30-2012 16:11:36 | More by pixieskid
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-20-2012 21:26:32 | More by Yabev15
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

05-07-2012 00:54:41 | More by Scout11
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New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -1%
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 -8.2%
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
Daybreak from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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