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Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 899
Gots: 174 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
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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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New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

11-24-2013 18:54:17 | More by BGsWo22
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3.85/5  rDev -13.3%

Batch 2 (flat batch). pour us jet black with no head even with a vigorous pour. The nose is very nice, rich chocolate cake with a strong bourbon note and lightly scorched barrel. Taste has all the chocolate cake, dry chocolate through the finish, faint bourbon much less than the nose, virtually no carb with a burnt finish and a medium silky body.

07-11-2013 15:44:09 | More by cpetrone84
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

02-17-2013 00:44:19 | More by eawolff99
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4.8/5  rDev +8.1%

Certainly the highlight of beers yesterday at Armsby Abbey. Of course, that is saying a lot as this line-up was truly unreal.

Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip glass with no head at all. No lacing to follow. A very shiny deep brown/black color. No light getting through.

Aroma was fantastic. Vanilla, bourbon, and an almost dank malty chocolatey aroma. (nice, not negative)

Before I had this, we had one of the Twilight of the Idols which someone said was the base beer for this. That was a very nice beer. This was a very special beer. Great balance and depth. Chocolate, bourbon and vanilla meld to create an awesome flavor. I get quite a bit of brown sugar from the malt bill here and really en joy it.

Silky smooth, satin like on your tongue. Medium to bold while not being as thick as Imp Stouts. Extremely light carbonation… if any.

Great beer. It’s just that simple.

12-31-2011 19:15:23 | More by Reagan1984
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-20-2014 02:06:41 | More by bpfrush
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

05-26-2013 18:28:44 | More by outoffocus
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

10-08-2012 19:36:15 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-24-2014 04:37:45 | More by mattmarka1
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-31-2013 03:18:08 | More by kscaldef
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

09-16-2013 13:46:43 | More by BMart
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4.05/5  rDev -8.8%

As of 7/8, this completes the top 100 here on BA and top 50 on RB. Yeah, I'm badass so whatever.

A - Pours black, tan-colored head, thin collar, big bubbles.

S - Chocolate, booze, coconut, oak, caramel. The booze has smoothed out and the sweetness is balanced nicely with the sweetness. The barrel influence is pretty heavy, but it compliments the base porter and adds some complexity.

T - Chocolate, booze, oak, light roast, vanilla. The barrel has added an additional layer of sweetness and booze, but it's also taken away a lot of the base beer. Alcohol is smooth, but pronounced with vanilla and oak. Finish is bitter dark chocolate, light vanilla, and burnt sugars.

M - Medium to full body, super-rich, smooth booze, creamy finish.

O - The 11% has really smooth out, but there's still a bunch of sweetness from the barrel. I really like how the barrels have worked with Twilight, but I think the coffee and spices are long-gone as this point. Maybe some of the light roast I picked up is coffee, but I can't be too sure. A really great brew and something I liked more then Damon...good stuff.

07-09-2012 02:19:34 | More by Sean9689
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3.93/5  rDev -11.5%

A: Bottle opened with the faintest hiss. Poured into a tulip. Forms a few big bubbles and the slightest hint of a head, but in reality this one just looks flat. No lacing. Very dark brown or black in color.

S: Well the smell is pleasant. Dark roasted malts, oak, vanilla, chocolate. Damn, smells like freshly baked brownies.

T: Didn't think it was possible, but the taste is even better. Sweet, chocolately brownies. Mild oak. Lots of vanilla. A touch of coffee. Some dark fruits, like plum and raisin, but the sweet chocolate flavor dominates.

M: Fucking flat. There's no carbonation here. And thats the problem. Slick, oily, and viscous with a chalky finish.

O: Apparently the carbonation isn't allowed to leave VT. This beer truly has the potential for greatness, but it should be properly carbonated. And it's not. There is nothing there leaving a sweet, chocolatey liquid to swirl around the mouth.

05-18-2013 01:07:45 | More by Florida9
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7%

01-26-2014 19:15:44 | More by ShemRahBoo
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4.05/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

09-11-2013 02:09:55 | More by ehammond1
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4.35/5  rDev -2%

Nose is all sweet bourbon, with some sugary sweet chocolate and vanilla and other rich maltiness. This is obviously going to be very sweet, smells delicious.

Taste is extremely sweet, huge bourbon again, chocolate and lots of vanilla and caramel. I didn't know when I was drinking this that it was brewed with honey but I'm not surprised as it is very very sweet. Delicious.

Pretty drinkable for such a sweet beer but the mouthfeel could be slightly more robust.

Great beer, definitely the best of the darker HF beers I've had.


02-20-2013 13:13:39 | More by AlexFields
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3.85/5  rDev -13.3%

500ml bottle into Block 15 snifter. Thank you for giving me this, Michael.

A: Well, there’s no head. I get a few bubbles, but even those quickly disappeared. The color is a deep dark woody/raisin brown.
S: The nose makes up for this beer’s meager looks. The coffee really shines through and mixed well with spicy scents of bourbon and oak. The coffee is fresh and roasted smelling unlike some stouts that smell like burnt coffee ground. I detect some sweet vanilla as well.
T: Follows the nose with rich notes of roasted coffee and dark roasted malts, vanilla and moderate bourbon. Flavors are smooth and syrupy. Finish is full of dark chocolate, and the aftertaste and a few notes of roasted coconut and caramel.
M: Flat as hell but the thick body helps it out. Man this is flat. The mouthfeel is very slick and greasy, so at least the beer isn’t watery.
O: This beer would kill if it had a few bubbles. Flavors were rich and well integrated. A roasted bal-aged porter all around. The flatness saddens me, and I knocked the score because of it. Thanks again, SneezyAchew.

03-27-2012 00:45:15 | More by scottfrie
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3.98/5  rDev -10.4%

2012 vintage

Dark brown, flat appearing beer. Smells decadent: vanilla, oak, nougat, more vanilla, bits of graham, some cocoa, a hint of dark fruits. A really nice nose. Flavor follows suite - really fine dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, bits of minced licorice, some leather. The flavor is really nice also. Mouthfeel: this is where the beer falls apart. While full bodied with a silky feel, not even a swish through the teeth makes this bubbly, slightly wet. A real treat - with carbonation this would be hard to beat, honestly.

05-04-2013 06:13:19 | More by harrymel
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -9.9%

03-20-2013 20:05:52 | More by tom10101
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4.03/5  rDev -9.2%

On-tap at Armsby Abbey. Reviewed from notes.

A- Black pour into a goblet. No head but there is a small dark mocha ring. No lacing at all.

S- Big nose of bourbon, caramel, oak, alcohol, vanilla and cocoa. Like many barrel aged stouts but the wood and whiskey profile is a bit more complex.

T- Like the nose but a few more things are noticed here. I get some spice, cinnamon, dark fruit and earthy bark hints that didn't come into play in the aroma. The cocoa, coffee, oak, vanilla and complex whiskey all stick around. Somehow I get a tiny peppermint feel from all of this combined.

MF- Basically flat here, not sure how bottles were. Oily thick and pretty warm from alcohol.

Good stuff but the lack of carbonation always takes away from these strong barrel aged beers for me. Love the oak and whiskey use but the spices combine in a strange way to me.

01-02-2012 16:54:38 | More by cbutova
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

04-13-2013 03:58:13 | More by thegerm87
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West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +7%

01-26-2014 00:07:23 | More by williamjbauer
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

07-11-2014 16:41:14 | More by tommyguz
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

11-24-2011 17:25:09 | More by koopa
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

02-14-2014 06:34:04 | More by Dicers
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-03-2013 21:26:28 | More by stereosforgeeks
Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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