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Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
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828 Ratings
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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 891
Gots: 174 | FT: 27
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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caaam

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +12.6%

07-15-2014 02:03:57 | More by caaam
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -18.9%

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

NOTE: The problems here started early. Upon removing the bottle cap, there was no noise, no "pfft" of releasing carbonation, nothing...

A: Dark - essentially black - and opaque. Other than a few stray large bubbles that formed briefly on the top, there was no head, and no visible carbonation at all.

S: Here's where the bottle really shined. Bourbon, roasted sweet malts, dark fruit, candied raisins and plums, chocolate, leather, oak barrel tannins, and an overarching coffee aroma that still let the other notes have their places. Very nice.

T: Bourbon, roasted malts, and barrel in a nice balance. Sweetness from the bourbon and dark fruits, coffee and cacao. Some hop bitterness mixed in with the rich mocha hang.

M: Body seems thinner than the other Hill Farmstead porters I've had. Alcohol seems well-integrated into other flavors. But the big loser here is the complete lack of carbonation.

O: I feel like this could have been a sample of a beer pulled of the tank, and I would have said, "Wow, that's going to be a really good beer when it's finished." Unfortunately, this was what made it into this bottle. I'd love to give it another chance, and if so I will update these scores. But the total lack of carbonation killed the mouthfeel, and didn't let the flavors come through as they should have. I guess this may have been a bad bottle? But I'm very disappointed.

07-14-2014 23:35:52 | More by macrosmatic
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farnold

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

07-14-2014 20:42:48 | More by farnold
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hopkrid

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

07-13-2014 04:22:58 | More by hopkrid
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rollom

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

07-12-2014 10:52:07 | More by rollom
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

07-11-2014 16:41:14 | More by tommyguz
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MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7%

07-10-2014 05:09:51 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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DerrickW

Georgia

5/5  rDev +12.6%

07-07-2014 17:46:04 | More by DerrickW
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Prospero

Colorado

5/5  rDev +12.6%

07-06-2014 07:00:19 | More by Prospero
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layinbrix

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +7%

07-06-2014 06:50:15 | More by layinbrix
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Pahn

New York

4.6/5  rDev +3.6%

22oz (?) bottle split 2 ways with BA morningthief.

Appearance: Pours black with a tan head and leaves a wall of lacing.

Smell: Coffee and some boozy malt notes.

Taste: Excellent. Coffee, raisin, bourbon soaked brownies, thin mints. I'm not a huge fan of the base beer, but the time in a bourbon barrel did the requisite magic.

Mouthfeel: Soft and creamy. Full side of medium bodied. No dryness, but still excellent.

Overall: Another great Hill Farmstead BBA beer. They're as good or better than Firestone Walker or Goose Island or Fifty/Fifty or the Bruery with barrel aging.

What's there to say? Lots of thin mint, dark fruit, coffee, vanilla. It's an excellent beer.

07-06-2014 04:24:04 | More by Pahn
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nesarebad

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

07-06-2014 03:37:04 | More by nesarebad
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matt2591

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

07-04-2014 15:45:29 | More by matt2591
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mythaeus

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7%

07-04-2014 15:26:13 | More by mythaeus
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HoppyBastard2

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

07-02-2014 00:59:21 | More by HoppyBastard2
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canadianghetto

Texas

4/5  rDev -9.9%

07-01-2014 14:17:55 | More by canadianghetto
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StayWhatYouAre2

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

07-01-2014 02:27:55 | More by StayWhatYouAre2
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -9.9%

06-30-2014 23:24:34 | More by schnarr84
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

06-30-2014 22:00:18 | More by Kmat10
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Stum-pub

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +12.6%

06-30-2014 02:24:46 | More by Stum-pub
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blckout20

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

06-29-2014 21:21:44 | More by blckout20
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wingwalker3

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

06-29-2014 05:09:20 | More by wingwalker3
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Dagsy

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

06-26-2014 22:41:44 | More by Dagsy
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sharpski

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

06-25-2014 21:31:56 | More by sharpski
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314RPG

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7%

06-25-2014 18:23:53 | More by 314RPG
Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 828 ratings.