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Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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810 Ratings
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Ratings: 810
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 885
Gots: 175 | FT: 26
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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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Jofroi

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7%

04-09-2014 15:57:49 | More by Jofroi
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had Twilight, this one maybe better; I feel like the nuances are not as pronounced through the barrel aging.

A- Dark, nice dark look to this porter. Thin lacing, nothing too special for me on the A

S- Charred dark fruit/ pretty standard for a HF dark brew here. Lots of belgian dark qualities. Fig, etc. Barrel is way in the back but more forefront than tiny microbrew's attempts.

T- Follows the nose with dark fruit and fig combined with barrel aging. It is a great porter; I gave it great grades, but nothing mindblowing. Pretty standard to HF belgian dark qualities

M- Mouthfeel is the highlight for me. Nice and smooth and creamy. Just the right touch of carb in this.

O- A great BA porter, but nothing that made me inch closer to me bowing to HF, which a few BA friends are nudging me to do.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 01:14:09 | More by gueuzedreg
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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

04-06-2014 22:06:15 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

04-06-2014 17:34:15 | More by DerekMorgan
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7%

04-06-2014 16:51:07 | More by Rekrule
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RayUF07

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

04-06-2014 04:08:42 | More by RayUF07
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TxUltraRunner

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

04-05-2014 01:53:49 | More by TxUltraRunner
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Elprico

Texas

5/5  rDev +12.6%

04-03-2014 01:02:54 | More by Elprico
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This was bottled 10/2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep brown/black and leaves a finger of brown/dark tan head, which lingers for a short while before fading to a tan layer atop the beer.

Smell: Rich dark chocolate, coffee, charred oak, vanilla, dark fruits, a hint of raspberry. Very well balanced.

Taste: Sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee beans, cinnamon, honey, charred oak, a hint of plum and raspberry. Sweet, but to a nice level (not overly). Again, well balanced with really nice flavors.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a medium to thick, creamy body. Smooth finish - alcohol is masked well.

Overall: Really well balanced porter with a delicious, sweet profile. Really nice, creamy body and a great finish. One of the best porters I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 22:48:39 | More by Resuin
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fishmich

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-30-2014 23:02:43 | More by fishmich
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Invictus

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-30-2014 15:45:51 | More by Invictus
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edmaher

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7%

03-30-2014 02:41:07 | More by edmaher
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Ace1117

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7%

03-29-2014 20:33:32 | More by Ace1117
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judkinst

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +7%

03-29-2014 02:09:28 | More by judkinst
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to bilco for acquiring the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Near black with a dark khaki head. Solid retention starts with a small head dropping to a constant small creamy cap and collar. Spots of lacing, but it's minimal. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Deeply roasted and mildy burnt malts. Raw honey coupled with vaguely nutty coffee. Fresh coffee bean and some slightly burnt malts. Honey builds as it warms. Roasty. A touch sweet with some caramel and caramelized malt. Some char and a hint of smoke. Minimal hopping, adding a touch of an herbal finish. Bourbon barrel is a nice addition adding some vanilla, a hint of coconut, and some toffee almost butterscotch. A ton of cocoa and bitter chocolate.

Taste: Honey bourbon. More cocoa than I've encountered in a porter. Bitter baker's chocolate and some sweeter milk chocolate. So much cocoa. A hint of vanilla, coconut oil, and toffee. Some caramel sauce with a nice compliment of caramelized malts. A touch of butterscotch and alcohol. A touch grassy with some herbal elements. More and more honey as it warms. Boozy with some mild alcohol esters. A touch of vague alcohol spiciness. Sweet sweet sweet.

Mouthfeel: Mostly creamy medium leaning to full body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Tragic sugar fat.

Sweet, too much so. Everything else is solid, but I has diabeetus.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 20:00:17 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.79/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Bilco for acquiring this for both Goblinmunkey7 and me, cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this particular bottle

Appearance: Dark brown, pours with a light tan head, keeps a small cap, leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Chocolate in abundance with a hint of bourbon - dark chocolate, cocoa, and milk chocolate - chocolate and caramel malts - roasty coffee in the aroma, but the honey is even more obvious - very sweet smelling, with milk chocolate and honey - bourbon rounds out the aroma - some dark fruits and vanilla as well

Taste: Big chocolate with some bourbon - almost like some kind of artisan chocolate bar - dark chocolate, fudge, cocoa, semisweet chocolate - sweet malts with a serious honey component - coffee and roasted malts, but these flavors are mostly overshadowed by the honey - bourbon flavor is quite potent without being overly woody, boozy, or intense - lots of malt sweetness with some vanilla

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between medium and full, smooth, nicely carbonated, finishes and clean

Overall: Birth of the Beetus

As one would expect, Hill Farmstead can make a great imperial porter. This has some remarkable chocolate notes, with some equally remarkable honey notes. The coffee is pretty nice, but overall it's a bit too sweet. This may improve substantially over time.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 19:57:39 | More by angrybabboon
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

03-25-2014 19:18:26 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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TaborTime

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +7%

03-25-2014 12:07:20 | More by TaborTime
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Guzzle_McBrew

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +12.6%

03-24-2014 15:11:06 | More by Guzzle_McBrew
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planbee

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +12.6%

03-24-2014 04:19:57 | More by planbee
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Crookdrain

New York

4/5  rDev -9.9%

03-23-2014 15:42:48 | More by Crookdrain
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dctriman

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-21-2014 13:23:40 | More by dctriman
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -9.9%

03-21-2014 04:26:31 | More by jacewg
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1noa

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-18-2014 14:26:22 | More by 1noa
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

03-17-2014 14:27:12 | More by drummermattie02
Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 810 ratings.