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Daybreak - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 197
Gots: 47 | FT: 9
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 09-28-2011

Imperial Stout brewed with Citrus at Hill Farmstead Brewery with the company, hardwork, and input of our good friend Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller.
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Photo of Yabev15
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Phelps
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Daybreak

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of andrewinski1
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of furthurgone
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Joeybones3
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rondufresne
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Cheers to SneezyAchew!

A: Pours near black with 3 fingers of dense and frothy milk chocolate head that slowly faded into a thick and lasting film. Solid sheets of sticky lacing were left down the glass.
S: I definitely get notes of the orange, with a little bit of chocolate coming through as well. This smells like those orange flavored chocolate orange slices that come in the foil.
T: Much less citrus than the nose. Dark chocolate, coffee, mocha, and a hint of grassy hops come through in addition to the orange. Dark chocolate really stands out, and the finish is full of it. The aftertaste is bitter and full of hops and roasted grains.
M: Very soft and creamy full body with a rich and smooth mouthfeel and velvety carbonation. This beer goes down smooth and easy and feels great on my palate.
O: Great head, great lace, great smell, great flavor and great feel. This was a wonderful stout on all accounts. Thanks again for hooking it up Mike!

Photo of wesley14
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Michael, a nice beer to end the night with. Beer served in a snifter, beer is black with a thin tan head of small bubbles, lacing, some carbonation, nice retention.

Aroma is sweet and roasty, not much citrus in the nose.

Beer is nice, it tastes like a Mikkeller stout honestly, moderate mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, a nice bitterness, sweetness, almost all the citrus is gone in here, an interesting and good beer. I'd have it again.

Photo of CliffBrake
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of MexicanSkittel
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just opened this and am really enjoying what I've found inside.
Poured at cellar temp into a crystal tulip.

An inky black semi viscous beer with a dark brown with an orange tinge head rests about a half inch thick.

Strong dark chocolate, bittersweet, orange zest, smoke, espresso, all held together with soft oak.

The espresso and bitter dark chocolate take over the palate, with the orange zest pulling down the finish. It a little tart finish which cuts some of the sweet tones from the beginning.

This was a little lighter in the mouth than I anticipated from the viscosity, but since the carbonation is pretty decsent it kinda softens things out.

Overall I like this,
I'm having it with an espresso stout cake for desert so it's pairing very well. I like the addition of the orange as its a subtle but still noticeable characteristic of the beer.

Thank you ashleymiller for the bottle.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is dark brown, nearing black. The beige head is nearly a half inch thick, fading to an oily thin layer atop the beer. The aroma is classic Mikkeller. Dark roast, oak, booze, chocolate. Roasty and smooth on the palate with a nice hop finish. Lots of chocolate and bitter roast in the flavor. Medium bodied with solid carbonation. A very good stout, I would definitely have this again.

Photo of polishkaz
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle opened on 2-10-12.

A - Pours a very dark chocolate brown with a dark tan-brown small head. Good retention.

S - Chocolate, roasted malt, citrusy - orange.

T - A unusual orange-chocolate mix. Unbalanced, but improves greatly as it warms.

D - Good carbonation, heavier body.

O - I like the thought, but doesn't quite deliver till it warms.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black with a healthy 2.5 finger dark tan head leaving lacing down the glass with excellent retention.

Smells of pure fudge and roasted malts, but a citrus aroma does creep in.

Flavor follows closely to a regular stoutr. I do get a little bit of a citrus twist at the beginning, but it may be more power of suggestion than actual taste. The roasted malts quickly overpower the citrus and a little bit of sweet chocolate creeps in on the back end as well.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Interesting take but just ok. I wish the citrus has shone through a bit more. Not a bad beer, but there was potential for more.

Photo of Bardwashrind
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have come across tastes of this beer two times. The first was from a Growler within a week after being released, the second was just a few days ago (February 10th) and I must say that both interactions were quite different. This review will be based on my most recent bottle experience as I'm sure it's the most relavent for those that might be interested.

The beer's initial tasting moment was a joy. Full on bright citrus on the nose and palate. Juicy almost faint Meyer lemon and persevered citrus styled aromas. Big chocolate flavors and a somewhat candied sweetness that followed up into a bitter edge not too far off from the rind of an actual lemon. The sweetness was well in check, balanced by the fruit and supposed high "ICU" count of the beer. Delicious and the alcohol was non existent.

The most recent tasting was out of a bottle and truly came across as a different beer. The big punch of citrus juice I got from the first drink out of the growler was almost nonexistent. Really looking for the citrus, I instead got aromas not too far off from lightly roasted coffee beans and rye flour. Not a bit of alcohol coming off with some smoke and charred malt to back it up. The flavor was nice if a bit lighter on the chocolate. Bitterness from a hoppy/pine/spruce like flavor and a very dry finish made this a slightly singular beer. The citrus was not a big component this go around, still a decent dark beer if just a shadow of the previous interaction.

I hope there are more collaborations from these two. Mikkeller was my first obsession in the world of beer and Hill Farmstead accounts for my current one. When Daybreak was on, it was magic. I could have a slightly off bottle or it just could be unraveling a touch. Let's get some more ICU counts on beers...

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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a HF stemmed tulip

Pours an ink black with a two finger mocha colored cap. The head stuck around for a while, never fully retreating. Some sip marks with dots and delicate lace.

The aroma is of thick chocolate, almost fudge-like with a good amount of bitter roast. A large amount of oranges cut right through everything else and invade the olfactories in a quick burst.

Much like the nose, bitter roast and fudgey chocolate hit first before a wave of citrus. The citrus bursts onto the palate, cutting right through the other flavors, and leaving a lingering bittersweet citrus flavor on top of of a touch of roast.

A medium body with moderate carbonation make this guy feel lighter than it really is. The wave of citrus is really impressive. Like a quick strike before receding.

A clean, flavorful stout with a huge rush of citrus that makes this guy unique.

Photo of craytonic
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Near-black pour with a tan head that sticks around
Smell: Heavy roast, chocolate and a bit of lemon zest and piney hops
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, lemon zest, piney hops, faint smoke and coffee.
Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation
Overall: Not that impressive, particularly for the style.

Daybreak from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.