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Daybreak - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 193
Gots: 47 | 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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ZacharyJ

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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

California

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

5/5  rDev +19.9%

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

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-11-2011 05:03:32 | More by alalvarez75
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bashiba

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark black with a thick dark tan head.

The smell is a nice misture of chocolate and citrus, nice fresh hops, a touc of orange.

A nicely hoppy imperial stout, the chocolate mixes well with the oranges. Nice contrast of citrus and dark malts.

The mothfeel is a nice mixture of creamy and resiny, thick and oily.

Drinkable and very tasty, more like a really good black iipa

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:12:40 | More by bashiba
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Jimdrinksbeer

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-10-2011 03:51:39 | More by Jimdrinksbeer
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BrahnSolo

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +19.9%

12-07-2011 02:21:32 | More by BrahnSolo
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle courtesy of Cody. Thank you for the opportunity! I believe this is my first Hill Farmstead beer and one I am excited to try.

Pours a rich looking black with milky hot chocolate colored froth that pools to a ring of medium sized bubbles. Subsequent sipping yields some spotted stickability.

Bitter dark roast and hops. An earthy bark quality as well along with a spot of orange and booze.

Bigger than the nose indicates and very bitter. Drying baker's chocolate mixed with orange rind. Juiciness of the citrus hops really clashes against the roasted stout base. Lingering earthy bitter finish plays yin to the hops' yang.

Mouthfeel is light despite that weight and bitterness. Carbonation may be higher than needed.

Overall, I think this beer works better in theory than execution. I can't believe I'm saying the hops should be dialed down, but it would benefit the beer in my opinion. A kitchen sink of citrus hops atop a very dry and roasty bitter base just doesn't quite work. I can see how this beer would be desirable, as it was for me. I just can't help but feel this is a bit disjointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 01:54:49 | More by BarrytheBear
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to SneezyAchew for this bottle. I love me some Hill Farmstead, let's see how this one stacks up.

A: Beer is nearly jet black and opaque with a thin tan head. Beer leaves some pretty significant lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks like this one has some body to it.

S: Smell is very interesting and unique. You definitely get some of the big Hill Farmstead DIPA hop blast aroma in there, but it's mixed with a mild roastiness and some orange as well.

T: I have to say, after the incredibly complex smell, I'm a little disappointed in the flavor here. The components are definitely all there: hops, roast and citrus, but I feel like it all gets a bit muddled when they come together. The hops are big on the front end, but when the roastiness kicks in, it seems to give it a bit of a chalky flavor. It's got a pretty bitter finish as well.

M: It's pretty thick, but there's some weird chalky/dryness in the finish which is a bit of a turnoff.

O: I should admit that Black IPAs and hoppy stouts are not usually my favorite style, so take everything I say with a grain of salt. I guess I had hoped that Hill Farmstead would blow me away yet again and open my eyes to a style I'd given up on, like they did for me with Everett and porters. Unfortunately I think the bitter hops combined with bitter roastiness is hard for me to enjoy. Not to say that this is a bad beer by any stretch. If you like these types of beers, this is a great one, and I don't want to deter you from drinking this particular one. It's just not to my preference, but the idea is interesting and I commend HF and Mikkeller for trying something a little different.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 00:25:54 | More by starrdogg
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marine1975

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-03-2011 16:59:14 | More by marine1975
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koopa

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-02-2011 01:27:40 | More by koopa
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to koopa for sharing.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Intense aroma with a huge citrus presence along and a good bit of roasted malt. The citrus presence is really strong with lots of zesty orange peel/citrus rind.  The malts are underneath with hints of toast, dark chocolate and toffee.  At first it's all citrus but as it warms the nose becomes more balanced.

Medium bodied with a blast of sweet citrus and a subtle bitter hop presence up front. The citrus orange peel and hop flavor linger throughout but are nicely complimented by the dry roasted  malt notes. Lots of dark chocolate, toffee, toast and oatmeal providing a decent amount of bitterness without becoming acrid of overpowering.  At first there is a bit of a citrus overload but as the palate adjusts and the beer warms, the malt presence really comes through. When I first heard about this beer I was a little skeptical of how it would turn out but it was very well balanced and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 01:35:12 | More by corby112
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jammalamma

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-29-2011 14:33:22 | More by jammalamma
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iflah45

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-29-2011 04:15:00 | More by iflah45
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