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Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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838 Ratings
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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 899
Gots: 173 | FT: 25
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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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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Bottle thanks to shawnm213

500ml poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a small dark brown head that slowly fades to the edges.

S - Sweet coffee, almost like soy sauce.

T - Whiskey, chocolate, coffee, lots of carmel and vanilla. So very good.

D - Avearage carbonation and body for the style.

O - A wierd smell, but the taste is just so nice. My wife was fighting me over this one. Thanks so much Shawn for this one.

12-17-2011 02:38:10 | More by HuskyinPDX
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

Brought back from the north by a friend, thanks for the hookup Matt.
Pours a solid black color with about forty bubbles eventually making their way to the surface. Yup this one is flat. Smells of chocolate brownie batter, coconut, light bourbon, coffee, a bit of oak tannin and some sugary sweetness to tie this all together. The flavor is sweet and chocolatey with a bit of coconut, caramel, roast, warming alcohol, tannin, and earthy hop to provide some balance. This tastes like an alcoholic mounds bar really. Medium to thick body with a non existent level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy sugary mouthfeel. This honestly smells wonderful, tastes good, but the lack of bubbles messes with the mouthfeel a bit leaving a syrupy feel to it. I'd love to try this with bubbles.

12-17-2012 02:17:49 | More by johnnnniee
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

03-17-2014 14:27:12 | More by drummermattie02
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-07-2012 02:43:30 | More by xnicknj
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -8.1%

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Viscous black with brown edges. No head. Big mocha bubbles, though.

Smell - Bourbon and coffee blend nicely. Vanilla. The coffee has a nice earthy character. Not a lot of porter comes through, but it doesn't matter much.

Taste - Nice bourbon and vanilla. Lots of coffee. Reminiscent of KBS in its earthy coffee flavor. Milk chocolate with a slight winey finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Viscous for a porter, although that's arguable. Very low carbonation.

Overall - So it isn't as magical as I had hoped, but it's still damn good. Remarkably good, but the bar that Hill Farmstead has set for itself makes me feel the slightest disappointment when the beer isn't perfection.

03-16-2013 01:26:42 | More by Alieniloquium
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -5.4%

From 500mL bottle to Devil's Backbone glass on 5/5/12
*From notes

-- Gotta shout out to baconsausage for the swap. Cheers, Tucker --

A: Warm muddy brown in hue. A generous pour yields no head or lacing. The tiniest of creamy collars rims the glass.

S: Smokey, minty, herbaceous and much, much more. Extremely complex. Unlike any other bouquet I've encountered. Utterly unique.

T: The thing that I'm beginning to realize about HF is that they're literally blazing new trails within the craft brewing world. Sure, they may produce traditional styles and age in barrels, but what they bottle tastes unlike anything else in-style. This is no exception. Smokehouse smoke, rich unroasted coffee, dark and moody malts, mild bourbon, garden herbs and a touch of warm honey. Once you pick up on one of the flavor notes, it's immediately "on to the next one." Wild stuff.

M: Thin and a bit undercarbed. I'm gonna assume the barrels are guilty of this, yet it's still not quite right.

O: This is a pretty wonderful bottle of beer. You've got to go in with an open mind, folks. This isn't your Daddy's Porter. Rather it's pushing the limits and boundaries of the style, and really making you think about what you're consuming. I've got a lot of respect for what HF is doing.

Now if they'd only drop the hipster beer names....

05-07-2012 23:21:51 | More by Rhettroactive
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

01-09-2013 03:28:10 | More by jrallen34
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7%

12-28-2012 01:55:51 | More by iL0VEbeer
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.71/5  rDev +6.1%

Thanks to David for this bottle!
2012 Vintage poured in to HF Stemmed Tulip.

A - Deep black with half a finger of light brown head and good retention.

S - Sweet bourbon, oak and vanilla up front from the barrel, followed by a big hit of espresso, chocolate fudge and molasses. A fantastic nose!

T - Charred oak, sweet bourbon and vanilla flavours give way to chocolate fudge, molasses and dark roasted coffee and a light dark cherry flavour. The finish is somewhat dry with a lingering vanilla sweetness and charred oak flavour.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

06-14-2013 16:19:01 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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chippo33

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

02-01-2013 18:26:51 | More by chippo33
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KAF

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-02-2014 03:03:51 | More by KAF
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.9%

02-23-2014 23:35:38 | More by Cynic-ale
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.26/5  rDev -4.1%

Bottle. 2012 vintage (9.0%) that I got from gn0sis. Thanks!

Pouring black with a slowly rising reverse-cascading head that falls off to a thin but choppy bubbly dark brown head, this looks pretty good. The nose is very, very good. Honey, caramel, dark chocolate and fresh coffee form the bulk of what this beer expresses on the nose. A moderate bourbon character is present with a blend of vanilla, coconut and a boozy accent. The base porter, which is an imperial version of Twilight, seems rich and strong enough to stand up to the adjuncts. The dark chocolate complements the vanilla, the honey complements the bourbon, and the medium-roasted coffee is wholly pleasant. I can see why people compare this beer to Eclipse.

The palate opens with a big, boozy, bourbon dark chocolate bite. Despite the fact that this is quite sweet with caramel and honey and without enough roast to temper the sweetness, the complexity and layered flavors do make this beer very enjoyable. Some molasses, some toffee, a little bit of brown sugar and buckwheat honey are layered here. There is, of course, chocolate and coffee. While the nose suggests dark coffee, the mid-palate brings to mind medium-dark chocolate. Faintly spicy, and while it isn't wholly clear that the spice character isn't from the alcohol, there's just a hint of cinnamon. With the sweetness and slight oiliness that the chocolate character has, it brings to mind a ganache. Medium in body with light carbonation, this beer is rather excellent on the palate. The finish is long and delicate, with a blend of honey, chocolate and coffee. Alcohol is well-hidden.

In short: imagine if Deschutes brewed The Abyss with an Eclipse-like base - rich, delicate and nuanced, but sweet. Highly recommended.

02-23-2013 06:10:16 | More by DefenCorps
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claspada

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-04-2012 17:24:13 | More by claspada
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-18-2012 05:13:25 | More by bsuedekum
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -9.9%

01-26-2014 05:35:54 | More by Axnjxn
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illidurit

California

4/5  rDev -9.9%

10-23-2013 04:04:13 | More by illidurit
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popery

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

02-01-2013 17:55:58 | More by popery
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.26/5  rDev -4.1%

500ml courtesy of Ineedabeerhere (thanks Joe). Served in a tulip. Pours one shade shy of black and completely opaque. No head on this one, just a mocha-colored cluster of bubbles around the shoulders. What an incredible nose on this beer - Dark, roasted malts as well as red wine notes, followed by bourbon and traces of ethanol at the back. Taste follows nose with the barrel qualities being less intense, thus allowing some honey and perhaps coconut to come out. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body (perhaps a little thin) and virtually still; there's also a little bit of acidity. Overall, a complex and interesting beer. I'd even venture to say the best BA version of an American Porter out there.

03-25-2013 21:04:08 | More by Jwale73
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aasher

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -26.8%

02-15-2013 00:47:54 | More by aasher
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-07-2013 03:27:46 | More by DmanGTR
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

01-12-2013 04:46:45 | More by enelson
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-29-2014 17:13:22 | More by tectactoe
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +2%

Bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Huge thanks to the sharer at CdC.

A: Clear dark brown body, almost no head. Underwhelming.

S: Spicy, chocolatey, and rich. Vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon, oak, chocolate, and awesomeness. Wow.

T: Sweet and spiritous up front, with bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, and deliciousness. A little boozy, but that's a minor quibble.

M: Lively, creamy medium body. Great.

O: What a terrific beer. I absolutely loved Twilight of the Idols, and this is even better. The base beer and barrel pair beautifully, and it's just an absolute treat. By far my favorite dark beer from Hill Farmstead.

Cheers!

12-11-2011 21:11:20 | More by woosterbill
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +9.9%

Enjoyed on tap at the Hill Farmstead release. Sweet mother of mercy.

A - Poured into my Hill Farmstead wine glass a deep, dark black...as black as brown can get with a creamy one finger mocha head that leaves lots of thick, creamy side lacing.

S - Oh...my...god. My nose is assaulted with rich bakers chocolate, oak, carmel, burnt sugars, vanilla, and some of the smoothest bourbon I've ever smelled.

T - My goodness, this is...can BA go higher than a 5? Tastes of rich chocolate, complex oaks and vanilla and carmel. And this bourbon...my goodness. Stuff drinks like its already had 5 years on it to mellow and smooth out.

M - Almost no carbonation on the tongue. Its super creamy though and nicely thick. ALOT of mellow, smooth bourbon.

O - Overall this is one of the best beers I've ever had, easily the best porter by a landslide. This sure is a rare one and wish I could have bought more than 4 bottles. For those who didnt go and only have reviews/numbers to go off of, this really is THAT good. Be prepared to spend big if you missed this one!

11-27-2011 00:49:52 | More by rudzud
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