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Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 901
Gots: 173 | FT: 24
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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Poured into a tulip from a 500ml bottle.
2012 Vintage.

Pours a gorgeous viscous dark black liquid with a nice quarter inch tan head. The head is dense but recedes fairly quickly down to a nice thin film and a thicker ring around the glass. Head like a frothy espresso.

Aroma is simply marvelous. Perfect roasty notes of coffee and burnt malts mix in perfectly with a cocoa powder and milk chocolate sweetness with a tinge of dark cocoa. Some oat notes can be perceived as well in the nose. So perfectly layered like a rich chocolate cake. Coffee notes are present but not overdone exquisite nose. The back end of the nose leads you into the nice vanilla and caramel of bourbon barrels along with mild oak. Complex and well blended aromas.

Here goes nothing. Mouthfeel is rich and velvety. Amazing low carbonation lets you experience all the flavors with enough cleaning and bubbly power to leave you wanting more. Wow. Taste starts off with some mild boozy heat followed by an amazing coffee note that plays ever so slightly yet perfectly with great sweet honey notes. The honey is a robust sweetness that give the brew some oomph but isn't sugary or cloying. AS the brew progresses there is a nice blend of oat-like notes with milder roasted malts and of course a nice powdery dark cocoa note that has equal sweetness and bitterness. As the brew warms the sweetness of the honey starts to blend very well with all the notes as opposed to being a stand alone flavor. Complex, creamy and delicious brew.

Overal, this brew floored me. Its pretty amazing. The mouthfeel is legit. Amazing creamy, silky and velvety smooth. Pretty sticky too. Nice roasted malt notes fill the palette but play second fiddle to awesome honey and bourbon sweetness with some cocoa to boast.

JoEBoBpr, Jul 25, 2013
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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.

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Thanks to ravensdkr for sharing this at a recent tasting!

Th beer pours a dark brown to black, very littl carbonation to it at all. The smell explodes with flavor including a hefty dose of vanilla, coffee-espresso, cocoa, big malty chocolate milkshake as well. Very nice aroma!

The flavor is amazing, super huge flavor that follows those very well and adds vein more complexity. All the additions of the bourbon barrel and coffee as well as the nice earthy delectable sweetness of the honey shine through very nice, with a great helping of vanilla bean and chocolate bar as well. A beer that is on one end extremely flavorful but at th same time easily drinkable. THe feel is maybe slightly under carbonated, but this also allows the big flavors to shine though and mingle well, so I can't knock it too much. Juicy, long lasting aftertaste.

For me, this is actually up there with some of the best porters I've had and is almost like vanilla bean dark lord 'light', excellent beer.

Dreadnaught33, Jun 30, 2013
Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.