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Birth Of Tragedy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 918
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 955
Gots: 168 | FT: 21
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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:
Beer added by: s1ckboy on 11-20-2011

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

2011 vintage - 11% ABV
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.27/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. 2012 vintage (9.0%) that I got from gn0sis. Thanks!

Pouring black with a slowly rising reverse-cascading head that falls off to a thin but choppy bubbly dark brown head, this looks pretty good. The nose is very, very good. Honey, caramel, dark chocolate and fresh coffee form the bulk of what this beer expresses on the nose. A moderate bourbon character is present with a blend of vanilla, coconut and a boozy accent. The base porter, which is an imperial version of Twilight, seems rich and strong enough to stand up to the adjuncts. The dark chocolate complements the vanilla, the honey complements the bourbon, and the medium-roasted coffee is wholly pleasant. I can see why people compare this beer to Eclipse.

The palate opens with a big, boozy, bourbon dark chocolate bite. Despite the fact that this is quite sweet with caramel and honey and without enough roast to temper the sweetness, the complexity and layered flavors do make this beer very enjoyable. Some molasses, some toffee, a little bit of brown sugar and buckwheat honey are layered here. There is, of course, chocolate and coffee. While the nose suggests dark coffee, the mid-palate brings to mind medium-dark chocolate. Faintly spicy, and while it isn't wholly clear that the spice character isn't from the alcohol, there's just a hint of cinnamon. With the sweetness and slight oiliness that the chocolate character has, it brings to mind a ganache. Medium in body with light carbonation, this beer is rather excellent on the palate. The finish is long and delicate, with a blend of honey, chocolate and coffee. Alcohol is well-hidden.

In short: imagine if Deschutes brewed The Abyss with an Eclipse-like base - rich, delicate and nuanced, but sweet. Highly recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.11/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.87/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the Hill Farmstead release. Sweet mother of mercy.

A - Poured into my Hill Farmstead wine glass a deep, dark black...as black as brown can get with a creamy one finger mocha head that leaves lots of thick, creamy side lacing.

S - Oh...my...god. My nose is assaulted with rich bakers chocolate, oak, carmel, burnt sugars, vanilla, and some of the smoothest bourbon I've ever smelled.

T - My goodness, this is...can BA go higher than a 5? Tastes of rich chocolate, complex oaks and vanilla and carmel. And this bourbon...my goodness. Stuff drinks like its already had 5 years on it to mellow and smooth out.

M - Almost no carbonation on the tongue. Its super creamy though and nicely thick. ALOT of mellow, smooth bourbon.

O - Overall this is one of the best beers I've ever had, easily the best porter by a landslide. This sure is a rare one and wish I could have bought more than 4 bottles. For those who didnt go and only have reviews/numbers to go off of, this really is THAT good. Be prepared to spend big if you missed this one!

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4.27/5  rDev -4%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.84/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.28/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of SadMachine
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes from 2/7/14

A- Pours a deep black with brown at the edges. A light brown head leaves good lacing.

S- Huge amounts of oak and honey in the forefront, followed by bitter baker's chocolate and bourbon. Medium roast coffee and a slight tartness are also detected. I also get roasted grains and faint cinnamon. Lots of oaky tannins.

T- This opens up very sweet, highlighted by honey and molasses. The middle is dry and spicy, highlighted with cinnamon. Vanilla, sweet bourbon, oak, and again honey all finish this out. There is the slightest hint of tartness. As it warms I also get some dark chocolate notes. This is complex and wonderful!

M- The mouth feel is medium/thick, with a creamy feel in the middle, and dry at the finish.

O- Overall this is just a delightful barrel aged porter! I enjoyed every minute of drinking it!

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of woosterbill
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Huge thanks to the sharer at CdC.

A: Clear dark brown body, almost no head. Underwhelming.

S: Spicy, chocolatey, and rich. Vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon, oak, chocolate, and awesomeness. Wow.

T: Sweet and spiritous up front, with bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, and deliciousness. A little boozy, but that's a minor quibble.

M: Lively, creamy medium body. Great.

O: What a terrific beer. I absolutely loved Twilight of the Idols, and this is even better. The base beer and barrel pair beautifully, and it's just an absolute treat. By far my favorite dark beer from Hill Farmstead.

Cheers!

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.04/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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