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Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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800 Ratings
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Ratings: 800
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 878
Gots: 172 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

04-11-2013 02:54:01 | More by chrisp450
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

04-09-2013 15:14:12 | More by YaKnowBrady
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kels

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my fiance for bringing this home with him. Good man. 2012 vintage.

Pours a super dark chocolate brown, nearly black, only given away at the edge of the surface where the light can actually get through - barely. A little spittle of bubbles washes the side of the glass when tipped, but it disappears immediately into nothingness in the void where at least some sort of head or skim - nowhere to be found - is expected to be present. In fact, it looks almost flat and watery, with enough alcohol to leave what looks like an oil skim on top.

Fantastic aroma. Rich, creamy vanilla and a hint of earthy honey is nicely offset by a dry, roasted grain. Only a hint of the bourbon barrel. Just simple, straightforward, and delicious.

Taste is delicious, but walking the line on the cloying side sweet. Vanilla, honey, molasses all hit the back of the jaw a little hard, and the only thing offering relief is the roasted malt. It's dry and hearty and contends well with the sweetness.

The feel of the beer falls flat, and recalls milk stout or RIS more than imperial porter. It's thick, sticky, and viscous, like a syrup in the mouth. Carbonation is nearly undetectable, and everything coats the palate, sticking around for quite a while. It works, but it's heavy.

Overall, nice beer. Hard to drink, but that's okay, right?

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 23:07:10 | More by kels
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Seakyden

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

04-03-2013 01:27:33 | More by Seakyden
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Skrip

South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a Deschutes teku.

A~ dark as night exactly like it should be!

S~ bourbon bomb! with a little bit of coffee, booze and roasty malts.

T~ lots of bourbon with a lot of sweetness. a little vanilla and caramel towards the end. no booze once so ever, very smooth all around.

M~ very smooth, lightly carbonated. the "porter" aspect doesn't come over well, it feels more like a thin stout.

O~ definitely a treat! i usually like this style to be a bit thicker. come to think of it bourbon aged Fear And Trembling would be absolutely ridiculous! i would totally drink it again, its one hell of a dessert beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 00:55:32 | More by Skrip
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

04-01-2013 00:40:08 | More by dickieb
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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +7%

03-31-2013 13:36:38 | More by beergod1
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Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-31-2013 03:18:08 | More by kscaldef
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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-30-2013 06:43:40 | More by brendan4532
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

03-29-2013 16:54:16 | More by Anonymous1
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Minnesota

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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.6%

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New York

5/5  rDev +12.6%

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Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +7%

03-26-2013 02:32:40 | More by josephwa
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml courtesy of Ineedabeerhere (thanks Joe). Served in a tulip. Pours one shade shy of black and completely opaque. No head on this one, just a mocha-colored cluster of bubbles around the shoulders. What an incredible nose on this beer - Dark, roasted malts as well as red wine notes, followed by bourbon and traces of ethanol at the back. Taste follows nose with the barrel qualities being less intense, thus allowing some honey and perhaps coconut to come out. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body (perhaps a little thin) and virtually still; there's also a little bit of acidity. Overall, a complex and interesting beer. I'd even venture to say the best BA version of an American Porter out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 21:04:08 | More by Jwale73
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metalgdog

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-24-2013 23:51:29 | More by metalgdog
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -9.9%

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fiver29

Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.9%

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Hoptologist

Michigan

1/5  rDev -77.5%

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Indiana

5/5  rDev +12.6%

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New York

4.75/5  rDev +7%

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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Viscous black with brown edges. No head. Big mocha bubbles, though.

Smell - Bourbon and coffee blend nicely. Vanilla. The coffee has a nice earthy character. Not a lot of porter comes through, but it doesn't matter much.

Taste - Nice bourbon and vanilla. Lots of coffee. Reminiscent of KBS in its earthy coffee flavor. Milk chocolate with a slight winey finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Viscous for a porter, although that's arguable. Very low carbonation.

Overall - So it isn't as magical as I had hoped, but it's still damn good. Remarkably good, but the bar that Hill Farmstead has set for itself makes me feel the slightest disappointment when the beer isn't perfection.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 01:26:42 | More by Alieniloquium
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SourinQns

New York

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03-15-2013 02:38:33 | More by SourinQns
Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.