Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by sleuthdog:
4.18/5 rDev -5.9%
This one courtesy of franklinn
2012 vintage poured into Bruery tulip
Pour: Pours a deep black that a mirror like reflection in the glass. There was no head formation but there is a ring of small to medium bubbles along the edge of the glass. I have struggled to see alcohol legs on on other beers but let me tell you the legs on this were absolutely there! No lacing but wow the alcohol legs cling to the glass!
Smell: Bourbon and inciting vanilla jump up to my nose first. There is an obvious oak, subtle coffee and I do get the sweetness from the honey. Dark chocolate truffle candies drenched in sweet bourbon is the best way I can sum up this one.
Taste: A big sweet vanilla forward bourbon bomb and I'm loving this! Dark chocolate and roasted coffee noted as well. Some smoke and roasted malts mixed in with the background the honey creates is amazing. Alcohol is there but not overpowering at all.
Mouthfeel: As is known this one has little carbonation and this is the only place this beer lets me down a bit. I would appreciate some more carbonation as it feels too flat but with the flavors this beer has I don't give a shit! It is flat but smooth with a medium body.
Overall: This is my first non IPA from HF and my first that has gotten the barrel
treatment and despite the lack of carbonation this is one enjoyable drinking experience. The flavors are all in perfect balance and perfectly complement each other.
01-05-2013 23:42:51 | More by sleuthdog
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 830 ratings.