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Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 876
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 925
Gots: 177 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial porter brewed with coffee and honey and aged in bourbon barrels.

2011 vintage - 11% ABV

(Beer added by: s1ckboy on 11-20-2011)
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Reviews by jmarsh123:
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4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with no head at all. Slight beige cling around the edge of the glass.

Aroma features a ton of vanilla along with a bourbon kick, some roasted malts and sweet chocolate.

Thankfully not quite as sweet as the nose would indicate. Lots of good roasted coffee mingle with the vanilla to produce a good milk chocolate flavor backed up by a kiss of bourbon. Gets a bit boozier as it warms, but very well integrated and never gets overpowering, but complements the base beer. A little residual sweetness although the roasty and sweet flavors balance supremely well.

And here is the bugaboo. I don't think I've ever had a HF beer that did not ace the carbonation test. Whatever the style, they all seem to be perfect and that's what makes this even more disappointing. Good creamy texture, but almost no carbonation. I'm talking near HOTD & Kuhnhenn levels of nothingness. I think a style like this should have lower carbonation, but this level almost mutes the flavors and make it taste almost like stale Irish coffee despite the excellent flavors and great barrel integration.

What could have been. These are some of the most outstanding flavors I've ever had in a porter, but the mouthfeel just makes this a good not great beer for me. That said, it's still pretty impressive that I completely hate one aspect of this and it's still a solid beer. If you like extremely low carbonation levels then you'll love this one as the flavors are great, but if you don't you'll end up just a bit disappointed.

jmarsh123, Aug 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Taste: beautiful, complex. subtle intermingling of flavors.
The bourbon and chocolate notes were both subtle and distinctive.
thick and substantial mouthfeel...The bourbon presence is perfection.
I absolutely loved this, from the moment I took my first sip,
and it immediately became my favorite beer of all time.
this is phenomenal! I cannot wait until the time I may be fortunate enough to have this truly special offering again.

wingwalker3, Jun 29, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

kingcrowing, Dec 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

(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.

ehammond1, Sep 11, 2013
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Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 876 ratings.