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Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 922
Gots: 178 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

thegoon55, Sep 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

MinorThreat, Sep 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Lunch, Sep 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

dfhhead25, Sep 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

bvdubn, Sep 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

HopsMatt, Sep 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

BMart, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of TheBronze
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2012, 500ml bottle
Poured into a Hill Farmstead raised snifter.

A - Pours with slight bubbles forming and no head.

S – A very pleasant aroma with soft notes of coffee, honey, and carmel.

T - Very nicely integrated coffee, slight sweetness from the honey, and a light roastiness. A very light barrel presence of wood and bourbon. Overall, a very delicate yet fulfilling taste.

M - Medium body with very light carbonation – just enough to not be considered flat. A very clean feel for this style of beer.

O – I really enjoyed this. Another example from Hill Farmstead of a well integrated beer that is complex yet immensely enjoyable and easy to drink. The only thing holding this back is how lightly it is carbonated. I’d like to try a new release sometime to experience it properly carbonated.

TheBronze, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Steve_Oldrati, Sep 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

MaseFace, Sep 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

ADTaber, Sep 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Roger85, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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.

ehammond1, Sep 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -32.4%

Hophead717, Sep 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

mendonza, Sep 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the brewery December 2012. Consumed in August 2013.

Appearance: Deep dark black and a really tiny khaki head.

Nose: Super rich dessert. Almond liqueur, sweet vanilla oak, rich milk chocolate, frothy latte. Delicious.

Taste: Sweet and intense. Coconut milk, almonds, chocolate, frozen coffee drinks. Candied, luscious, delicious.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and perfectly thick.

Overall: This is great. A big improvement over an already excellent beer. This is an ideal dessert beer for me.

fdig23, Sep 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

cp45, Sep 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

gueuzegossage, Aug 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

uncccegr, Aug 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

rdell17, Aug 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

jaminjohnson, Aug 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

BColton1, Aug 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

gpawned, Aug 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

mltobin, Aug 16, 2013
Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 873 ratings.