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Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 875
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 kels:
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4.13/5  rDev -7%
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?

kels, Apr 09, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of wingwalker3
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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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Schlais, Mar 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

tbryan5, Jul 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

joel66, Oct 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Callmecoon, Aug 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Prospero, Jul 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

jaminjohnson, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of kingcrowing
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%

JitsuBrew, Jun 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

jburchett, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

bpfrush, Jan 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

catboy, Apr 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

obiwan_k3n00bi, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
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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4/5  rDev -9.9%

sourdog, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Cynic-ale, Feb 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 18, 2013
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Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.