Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by kels:
4.13/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to my fiance for bringing this home with him. Good man. 2012 vintage.
Pours a super dark chocolate brown, nearly black, only given away at the edge of the surface where the light can actually get through - barely. A little spittle of bubbles washes the side of the glass when tipped, but it disappears immediately into nothingness in the void where at least some sort of head or skim - nowhere to be found - is expected to be present. In fact, it looks almost flat and watery, with enough alcohol to leave what looks like an oil skim on top.
Fantastic aroma. Rich, creamy vanilla and a hint of earthy honey is nicely offset by a dry, roasted grain. Only a hint of the bourbon barrel. Just simple, straightforward, and delicious.
Taste is delicious, but walking the line on the cloying side sweet. Vanilla, honey, molasses all hit the back of the jaw a little hard, and the only thing offering relief is the roasted malt. It's dry and hearty and contends well with the sweetness.
The feel of the beer falls flat, and recalls milk stout or RIS more than imperial porter. It's thick, sticky, and viscous, like a syrup in the mouth. Carbonation is nearly undetectable, and everything coats the palate, sticking around for quite a while. It works, but it's heavy.
Overall, nice beer. Hard to drink, but that's okay, right?
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2013 23:07:10 | More by kels
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4.35/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
thanks to pjl44 for this bottle!
poured into a tulip glass.
bottle on date of 10/2013.
drank this side by side with Everett! 8oz pour of BoT and 8oz pour of Everett for comparision of base beer with the barrel aged verison and it adjuncts! Sounds like a fun beer experiment to me!
Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of white head that drops down to a thin head on the beer.
Smell: A fairly mellow nose. Bourbon and honey sweetness. Nutty coffee notes. Oak barrel.
Taste: The beer starts of sweet and barrel forward with bourbon and honey. Milk chocolates. Mild nutty coffee. And the beer nears room temperature, molassess and hints of black licorice begin to emerge. Lingering honey, oak, and bourbon in the finish.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Super smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This beer drinks rediciously easily like its a 7% abv barrel aged porter! thats impressive.
Overall: You all are going to think that I am crazy, but i like regular Everett better that Birth of Tragedy. This even shocked me as I came to this conclusion... Great complexity and balance are found in this brew. i wish that a more roasty coffee was used in this beer, I think that would have made this beer even better. Its another great Hills Farmstead beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 10:34:29 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 659 ratings.