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Daybreak - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 194
Gots: 48 | 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 ithinkimasofa


4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-09-2012 07:44:12 | More by ithinkimasofa
Photo of HopHead84


3.75/5  rDev -10.1%


Bottle courtesy of bring, thanks! Snifter.

A: Resembles motor oil as it flows forth from the glass. The head is enormous, forming two fingers of dense light brown froth that recede in a haphazard fashion. Lacing covers the glass. A very nice looking Imperial Stout.

S: Strong roasted grain presence with a dash of blackstrap molasses. Dark chocolate is pronounced and I get a little coffee. Citrus is vibrant and fits well with the other aspects. It reminds me of orange flesh. I get a little smoke and caramel.

T: A firm roasted malt presence blends with molasses and dark chocolate. The malt borders on burnt. Citrus reminds me of orange flesh and pith, and it's well integrated. There's a general earthiness about the beer and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. The finish is bitter and chocolatey with a light astringency. It's somewhat burnt and acrid. Coffee is light but pervasive.

M: Full in body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy, sticky, and silky.

Overall: A little more roasty (approaching burnt) than I generally like, but I still found this to be enjoyable. Still, there's a little too much Mikkeller in this one. The citrus is a nice touch, though.

01-08-2012 04:15:13 | More by HopHead84
Photo of pwoods


3.65/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

01-08-2012 02:55:48 | More by pwoods
Photo of Sean9689


4/5  rDev -4.1%

500ml bottle poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours black, dark mocha-colored head, spotty lacing, thin collar.

S - Hoppy citrus aroma with light malts and a good level of roast. There's a Mikkeller char in there mixed with light chocolate and toasted malts.

T - Pretty hop-forward with some citrus, some toasted malts, light chocolate, and the char isn't in the taste as much as the nose. Finish is slightly sweet and a bitter citrus.

M - Medium to full body, soft carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Not even Mikkeller could screw up a beer brewed by Hill Farmstead, and that's saying something. I enjoyed the citrus aspect of this beer, and it was even more hoppy then I imagined. Drinks really easy and is an excellent twist on a Imperial Stout.

01-06-2012 17:26:44 | More by Sean9689
Photo of fo1ksguitar


4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-04-2012 15:16:44 | More by fo1ksguitar
Photo of bsuedekum


3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-04-2012 03:02:49 | More by bsuedekum
Photo of DefenCorps


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%

Bottle received from Aberration. Thank you for all the effort that went into getting me a bottle of this, Nick. I had to come out of my Mikkeller boycott to trade for this.

In my Great Divide tulip, this beer sits a picture perfect black with a dense, creamy dark brown head with excellent retention. The head slowly falls off to a disk, leaving nice, dense lacing. The nose is nice and robust without being ashy or astringent, which happens all too easily. Robust, mildly smoky, a little vanilla and some caramel are present. I guess this has been around for a while, the citrus peel is a little hidden in the mix, lending a brightening spritz to the nose quite unlike what a hop would add. A creamy note presents a base to tie the nose all together. Pretty excellent IMO.

The beer really shines on the palate. With a moderate roasty, dark chocolate malt character with some caramel and a little coffee and cream, this is quite robust and well-done. A touch of licorice root appears on the finish, along with a citrus oiliness . The flavor of mildly sweetened dark( ~70%) chocolate (this aspect is *perfect* IMO) is bookended by a little grainy bitterness and a creamy sweetness. Despite its relative youth, I the hops aren't as assertive as you'd expect, especially on the flavor, considering that the who's who of currently favored hops including Citra, Galaxy and Summit are on the bill. While I do wish there was a little bit more of a grainy bitterness (by way of either black patent or roasted barley), this beer is very enjoyable as is. The oats help keep the mouthfeel ridiculously smooth, and the carbonation is soft and creamy. This is a very creamy and smooth imperial oatmeal stout.

An excellent beer, a wonderfully executed hybrid between the more traditional imperials (of which aged Expedition and Abyss are my favorites) and the newer age stouts a la Eclipse or Black Tuesday. Highly recommended, though I'm not sure this beer necessarily needs to age. Drink fresh IMO. And if you can, please pair this with the Rogue River blue wrapped in pear brandy soaked grape leaves, you will not be left wanting. The combination of the brandy (especially!), the funk and the creaminess from the cheese and the flavors from the stout is simply marvelous.

01-03-2012 03:15:15 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-01-2012 16:31:15 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of Reagan1984


4.53/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

12-31-2011 19:32:42 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of Racnee


4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-31-2011 18:36:52 | More by Racnee
Photo of ZacharyJ


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-31-2011 16:05:34 | More by ZacharyJ
Photo of dsgolovin


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-30-2011 05:43:19 | More by dsgolovin
Photo of zgunder


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

12-28-2011 16:35:23 | More by zgunder
Photo of emdawg

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-27-2011 19:12:50 | More by emdawg
Photo of Mielbeer


4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-25-2011 07:08:25 | More by Mielbeer
Photo of rmaste6282


3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-20-2011 20:05:41 | More by rmaste6282
Photo of locke459


4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-19-2011 07:34:01 | More by locke459
Photo of TheDudeRules


3.35/5  rDev -19.7%

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

An almost black pour with two fingers of foam head. Strong roast and citrus protrude from the glass. A mocha coffee is evident in the taste. It's a bit different though. Basically what I am tasting is is a citrus oatmeal stout that feels dry hopped with a dry and bitter ending. A big knock is how thin this is. Overly so.

Not a letdown but a rather average beer. Take a run of the mill oatmeal stout and add orange peel. Whoopee. My hopes were higher. Not great but descent.

12-17-2011 20:37:48 | More by TheDudeRules
Photo of Gonzoillini


4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-17-2011 02:14:03 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of Thorpe429


4/5  rDev -4.1%

Bottle courtesy of aapp. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours near-black with a good, frothy tan head and nice lacing. The nose carries quite a bit of citrus along with some backing roast and a bit of chocolate. Orange comes through well in the flavor with stout backing. Medium body and a good slightly-dry finish. Very solid brew.

12-17-2011 01:46:57 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of discord257

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-15-2011 20:41:25 | More by discord257
Photo of JAXSON


3.35/5  rDev -19.7%

Thanks Robert, pours near black with a creamy brown mocha foam head. Nose is roasted malt, citrus, hops, mint. Highly roasty in the mouth with a long bitter element, a collage of hops, orange peel, and roasted malt. Finish is creamy with a bit of vanilla sweetness opening up. Mint and lots of orange peel on the finish too. Feel is pretty thick and creamy. This would appeal to those who enjoy very roasty stouts with heavily bitter elements. Kind of has an orange chocolate thing going on. Interesting, though not really my thing.

12-14-2011 01:33:12 | More by JAXSON
Photo of lnashsig


5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-13-2011 19:42:20 | More by lnashsig
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%

Thanks to jedwards for sharing this brew. Pours an inky black with a loose, mocha-colored head that quickly dissipates into a cluster of bubbles. Nose expresses citrus, dark malts (chocolate), char, molasses, a slight coffee character and some piny notes. Taste expresses a light charred quality and mocha flavors that slightly favor the coffee over the chocolate. The citrus present in the nose also nicely complements the other qualities without being overly assertive. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a carbonation that falls just short of crisp. The citrus also adds a nice feel without being too much in the foreground. Overall, this is a really interesting offering. I have yet to try a bad beer from this brewer; I just wish his offerings were more accessible. That said, the char and coffee flavors in this brew are really nicely complemented by the citrus.

12-11-2011 23:31:28 | More by Jwale73
Photo of alalvarez75

New York

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-11-2011 05:03:32 | More by alalvarez75
Daybreak from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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