1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Not Rated.
Birth Of TragedyBirth Of Tragedy

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
98
world-class

924 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 924
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 968
Gots: 164 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: s1ckboy on 11-20-2011

Imperial porter brewed with coffee and honey and aged in bourbon barrels.

2011 vintage - 11% ABV
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 924 | Reviews: 150
Photo of macrosmatic
3.64/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of farnold
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of hopkrid
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rollom
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of tommyguz
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of DerrickW
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Prospero
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of layinbrix
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Pahn
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of nesarebad
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of matt2591
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mythaeus
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of HoppyBastard2
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of canadianghetto
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of StayWhatYouAre2
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Stum-pub
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of blckout20
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of wingwalker3
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Dagsy
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of sharpski
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of 314RPG
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of leaversuch
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.