Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by angrybabboon:
3.79/5 rDev -14.6%
Cheers to Bilco for acquiring this for both Goblinmunkey7 and me, cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this particular bottle
Appearance: Dark brown, pours with a light tan head, keeps a small cap, leaves some nice spots of lacing
Smell: Chocolate in abundance with a hint of bourbon - dark chocolate, cocoa, and milk chocolate - chocolate and caramel malts - roasty coffee in the aroma, but the honey is even more obvious - very sweet smelling, with milk chocolate and honey - bourbon rounds out the aroma - some dark fruits and vanilla as well
Taste: Big chocolate with some bourbon - almost like some kind of artisan chocolate bar - dark chocolate, fudge, cocoa, semisweet chocolate - sweet malts with a serious honey component - coffee and roasted malts, but these flavors are mostly overshadowed by the honey - bourbon flavor is quite potent without being overly woody, boozy, or intense - lots of malt sweetness with some vanilla
Mouthfeel: Somewhere between medium and full, smooth, nicely carbonated, finishes and clean
Overall: Birth of the Beetus
As one would expect, Hill Farmstead can make a great imperial porter. This has some remarkable chocolate notes, with some equally remarkable honey notes. The coffee is pretty nice, but overall it's a bit too sweet. This may improve substantially over time.
03-26-2014 19:57:39 | More by angrybabboon
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev -8.8%
500ml bottle poured into a hill farmstead tulip.
Pours a pitch black that's thick as oil. Nose is sweet, malty lots of vanilla and a bit of honey.
Taste is chocolate and roasty, sweet lots of oaky vanilla with a bit of a hot finish. Overall its really creamy and delicious. I don't quite taste it as an imperial twilight but its still very good.
12-26-2011 20:56:34 | More by kingcrowing
4.05/5 rDev -8.8%
Acquired via trade
(Aged for ~9 months)
Black throughout. Shiny. Very little carbonation; nearly completely flat. Leaves the glass near clean on the way down.
Rich, complex aroma of chocolates, mild coffee, barrel notes of bourbon, oak, and mild vanilla. A bit of an alcohol presence on the aroma. A touch of nuttiness as well, interestingly.
The flavor is similar to the aroma, with tons of chocolate, coffee, barrel, and mild nut and alcohol components combining. Very drinkable.
Medium and slick in body, with basically zero carbonation. Could really use just a little bit of carbonation.
Fantastic aroma and flavors, but lacking in the body/mouthfeel department, unfortunately.
09-11-2013 02:09:55 | More by ehammond1
4.3/5 rDev -3.2%
Poured out a mostly black and dark brown liquid. Very small ring of tan head on it, almost instantly wisps itself away. Head banished to the land of wind and ghosts.
Aroma is inviting, bourbon, vanilla, honey and tons of roasted coffee and malt. Pretty good.
Taste drops a good amount of coffee and chocolate up front, the barrel warmth and honey seem to produce a citrus like quality along with the others. Complex, but not overly. Pretty enjoyable. The booze is there, but far from distracting or problematic. Vanilla rolls along, mild sweetness. Mild carbonation throughout the experience. Leaves the mouthfeel heavy hanging. Might be some brown sugar along the way, but this is far from a diabetes beer (not that I have a problem with those either). Coffee is in the background, but you don't have to search for it either. What this beer does really well is have a multitude of flavors, but none of them dominate, they play well with each other.
Best bottle I've ever had from Hill Farmstead (although not as great as some of their 1L growlers of the hoppy stuff).
Thanks to jh1982 for bringing this one to March Madness 2013. No thanks to David Hurley at the El Dorado Casino (a normally really cool place supportive of craft beer). Don't tell us we can have a bottle share, and then renege on your word two days later. Sorry our money is not welcome at your casino I guess.
04-18-2013 18:19:41 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.