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Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 829
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 891
Gots: 174 | FT: 27
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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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seeswo

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +7%

01-21-2012 18:26:57 | More by seeswo
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mistakebythelake

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-19-2012 22:43:06 | More by mistakebythelake
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-17-2012 02:03:11 | More by CliffBrake
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womencantsail

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours pretty much black in color with a very small khaki head. Intense roasted malt and bourbon aromas. Lots of vanilla notes to it. There's a bit of the honey coming through as well as the coffee. I don't get much spice, though. A nice bit of chocolate in the back ground. The flavor is a touch boozy at first, but otherwise quite nice. Excellent vanilla and bourbon notes with some roast, coffee, and dark chocolate. Really smooth and well done. Medium to full bodied with a low, smooth mouthfeel.

01-16-2012 05:52:56 | More by womencantsail
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BDeibs

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-14-2012 22:15:22 | More by BDeibs
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myspoonistoobig

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +11%

Bottle split two ways, into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass.

Appearance: very dark, thin tan head. Spot on for what I'd expect, though I'd hope for slightly more head retention.

Smell: a knockout punch of bourbon, bittersweet chocolate and molasses kissed with a hint of honey.

Taste: all that and more: roasted malt and coffee notes and it all goes on and on and on...

Mouthfeel: outstanding length, moderate carbonation (again, would prefer just a hint more in that department) and present but restrained bourbon heat.

Overall: beer of the night and the best beer I've had in a while, everything is just hung together in perfect harmony. So glad I have another bottle, but now I know it's going to have to be a very special occasion to bring this out again.

01-13-2012 20:49:39 | More by myspoonistoobig
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-11-2012 23:04:45 | More by cbeer88
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AshleyMiller

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +7%

01-11-2012 17:49:56 | More by AshleyMiller
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mrbubbler

California

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-11-2012 06:15:03 | More by mrbubbler
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.9%

01-09-2012 13:50:57 | More by sideshowe
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -13.3%

Bottle shared by Koopa

A: Dark black with a minimal brownish head. A few stray stands of lacing.

S: Bourbon, caramel, molasses, honey sweetness.

T: Like the nose there is a healthy dose of bourbon and sweet malts. Definitely some caramel, dark fruits, and a little smokey/roasty malts.

M: Medium-full bodied. Light carbonation. A tad too much residual sweetness in the finish.

O: An interesting effort, but a bit too ambitious.

01-09-2012 03:01:14 | More by callmemickey
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Kelp

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-04-2012 11:44:35 | More by Kelp
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SneezyAchew

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-04-2012 00:39:07 | More by SneezyAchew
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7%

This beer pours a nice brownish black color with minimal head. the smell is heavy upfront with bourbon followed by a hint of coffee. the flavor follows through(though it is a little muted in comparisson to the tap version) with one of the smoothest least burning bourbon flavors I have ever had in a beer, It is truly amazing how well the bourbon melds into this beer, the coffee is a nice little side note in the flavor, the bourbon is followed by sweet rich and chocolatey notes. the mouthfeel is full, but not syrupy full. carbonations is low to low medium, which compliments the beer nicely. overall i would say this beer is better on tap but still excellent out of the bottle

01-02-2012 18:06:01 | More by rowingbrewer
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -9.2%

On-tap at Armsby Abbey. Reviewed from notes.

A- Black pour into a goblet. No head but there is a small dark mocha ring. No lacing at all.

S- Big nose of bourbon, caramel, oak, alcohol, vanilla and cocoa. Like many barrel aged stouts but the wood and whiskey profile is a bit more complex.

T- Like the nose but a few more things are noticed here. I get some spice, cinnamon, dark fruit and earthy bark hints that didn't come into play in the aroma. The cocoa, coffee, oak, vanilla and complex whiskey all stick around. Somehow I get a tiny peppermint feel from all of this combined.

MF- Basically flat here, not sure how bottles were. Oily thick and pretty warm from alcohol.

Good stuff but the lack of carbonation always takes away from these strong barrel aged beers for me. Love the oak and whiskey use but the spices combine in a strange way to me.

01-02-2012 16:54:38 | More by cbutova
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Review #2100. Bottle courtesy of AshleyMiller. Shared with Jason for "Polish" Christmas. Served in a tulip of some sort.

A - Quick-dissolving sliver of mocha foam settles to a thin ring, a few wisps, and tiny specks of lace. Black body with a glint of brown at the rim of the glass.

S - This was probably served too cold, so I was forced to let it sit and warm up over an extended period of time. The initial aroma was heavy in dry oak, bourbon, and a hint of solvent alcohol. However, as the beer reached an appropriate temperature more of the base beer's dark chocolate, roasted malts, and cinnamon joined the mix. Coffee and vanilla are present, but quite faint.

T - I find the taste to actually be superior to the aroma, as it cuts some of the harsh oak and bourbon cuts and amps up the rich dark chocolate, cake, fudge, and vanilla bean flavors. Perhaps I have a sweet tooth, but this just seems like a better balance of flavors to me. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden - I didn't realize this was so much stronger than Twilight of the Idols.

M - Medium-full body, low carbonation, chewy texture, and light tannic dryness in the finish. Pretty much what I like in a barrel-aged Imperial Porter.

D - I liked this beer quite a bit, but I think I prefer the base beer more, as I like the interesting mix of adjuncts and malt flavors and some of that is masked by the barrel-aging. Still, this is a high-quality and well-crafted beer that is well worth seeking out - but did anyone expect anything less from Hill Farmstead?

01-02-2012 00:55:51 | More by MasterSki
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Beerlistman

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-01-2012 19:36:06 | More by Beerlistman
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ipa247

California

4/5  rDev -9.9%

01-01-2012 19:05:39 | More by ipa247
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-01-2012 16:28:39 | More by InspectorBob
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EJLinneman

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +12.6%

01-01-2012 01:43:06 | More by EJLinneman
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Beerdster

Alaska

4/5  rDev -9.9%

12-31-2011 21:31:46 | More by Beerdster
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Jnorton00

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.6%

12-31-2011 20:27:08 | More by Jnorton00
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +8.1%

Certainly the highlight of beers yesterday at Armsby Abbey. Of course, that is saying a lot as this line-up was truly unreal.

Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip glass with no head at all. No lacing to follow. A very shiny deep brown/black color. No light getting through.

Aroma was fantastic. Vanilla, bourbon, and an almost dank malty chocolatey aroma. (nice, not negative)

Before I had this, we had one of the Twilight of the Idols which someone said was the base beer for this. That was a very nice beer. This was a very special beer. Great balance and depth. Chocolate, bourbon and vanilla meld to create an awesome flavor. I get quite a bit of brown sugar from the malt bill here and really en joy it.

Silky smooth, satin like on your tongue. Medium to bold while not being as thick as Imp Stouts. Extremely light carbonation… if any.

Great beer. It’s just that simple.

12-31-2011 19:15:23 | More by Reagan1984
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ZacharyJ

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.6%

12-31-2011 16:07:06 | More by ZacharyJ
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Tap at the Armsby Abbey Hill Farmstead takeover.

Almost no head, pitch black thick syrupy looking beer with nice legs on the sides of the glass.

Nose chocolate galore, bourbon glazed, oak, vanilla, roast, caramel, coffee, syrupy molasses, huge dark malt roasted aroma, pure darkness, earthy hops, aged barrel aroma.

taste oh man! wow, bourbon and barrel mixed with awesome dark stout. Plenty of chocolate dark bakers, dark fruit brandy soaked raisin, caramel, vanilla and oak, barrel goodness. Bourbon is prevalent, oaky and caramel bourbon, light boozy tingle, syrupy sweet heavy thick. Finish of big, syrupy sweet little booze, tons of bourbon and chocolate, coffee and roast, caramel, vanilla, and oak barrel.

Mouth is huge, thick and syrupy, bit of booze, carb is good for the style.

Overall just great, great malts (which I already knew as Twilight was great), great dark flavors, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and barrel additions just add even more awesomeness to it.So great.

12-31-2011 00:07:24 | More by jlindros
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