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Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

386 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 386
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.48%


Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Damon (1993-2004) The time spent with loved ones, now lost, seems to affect our mind and body perpetually: memories happen upon us, unsuspectingly, and bring about tears of fond remembrance. Damon was our brother – devout and patient in an age of busyness and distraction. In his honor, we crafted and conditioned this Imperial Stout in bourbon barrels from our favorite distillery. We still reflect, daily, upon our Damon and his scruffy chin of grey – of his loyalty and his love.

Aged in Blanton's bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-10-2012)
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not sure how I missed reviewing this before, but finally got around to it.

No head, super dark pitch black thick beer nice legs, mild dark mocha head as I swirl.

Nose tons of dark choc, dark malts, caramel, cocoa, then even more barrel notes, some bourbon, vanilla barrel, great toasty vanilla barrel and dark choc, hint of fluffy nougat, faint booze, even touch buttery oak.

Taste is great but not as good as the nose, lots of dark malts, cocoa and dark choc, fluffy nougat, caramel, etc. Then barrel, vanilla barrel, little buttery oak and plenty of bourbon but not a ton, juicy dark malts, mild bitter earthy hops and bitter mild roast, touch of warming booze, even hint fudgey and toasted oak. Finish is dry with lots more bourbon and toasty vanilla oak, more bitterness and bitter dark malts, hint of booze.

Mouth is thick and rich, heavy, but not too thick, decent carb, mild warming booze.

Overall great, great bourbon and barrel, nice base beer that absorbs the bourbon and barrel well.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 02:38:30 | More by jlindros
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, dated 8/2013, thanks to FleetwoodMatt for sending this one as an extra. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/6/2014.

App- Typical RIS- dark black body, opaque with a nice 1cm light mocha head that dissipates slowly. Some lacing on the collar. Stains the glass oily brown when I swirl it.

Smell- Chocolate fudge, dark chocolates. Not much dark fruit here. Smells interesting with a nice bourbon charcoal sweetness. Interesting but not mindblowing.

Flavour- Pretty good! A nice base russian imperial stout is there with a nice umami flavour. The base malts are strong and roasty and sweet; but as it warms up, there is a more predominant umami flavour which makes the beer that much more interesting. I get much more of a drizzled chocolate fudge brownie flavour at room temp. Cold, it's just basically an imperial stout.

Mouthfeel- The most disappointing aspect of the beer. Watery, not particularly well-carbonated but carbonated well enough. Aftertaste is a slick chocolate brownie sensation. Definitely a sipper.

Overall- It's good but not great. Don't give up too much for this beer... unless you have a dog!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 04:42:42 | More by Stevedore
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

**First and foremost, my scores reflect the times I have had this beer on-tap at the brewery events while the words reflect the bottled version.**

Thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with us last weekend, Batch #2.

A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light ring around the edge of the glass, leaving little to no lace at all on the glass.

S - Smells of warm bourbon, fudgey chocolate, vanilla, molasses, dark fruits, overly charred oak and plenty of dark roasted malt. Lots of dark aromas lurking in the shadows of this one.

T - Starts off much like the nose does with a bit sugary kick - mainly the fudgey chocolate, vanilla, molasses mixed dark fruits - quickly being joined by the smokey charred oak and base dark roasted malts. Finish is much like before with a mix of sweetness and dark roasty flavors, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate to low carbonation. Slick feel throughout, booze is hidden quite well.

O - I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Not as good as when I had it on-tap but still a very enjoyable beer. Really looking forward to trying that Double Barrel version in the near future.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 07:13:43 | More by orangesol
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! An aggressive pour of this pitch black beauty yields a one finger dark caramel-colored head that dissipates pretty quickly but leaves some really nice lacing. The nose is fairly sweet initially, but quickly yields to lots of dark roast, chocolate fudge, oak, vanilla, and a ton of booze. The taste is big and bold with rich chocolate fudge, vanilla, dark fruits, oak, subtle char, molasses, espresso, cocoa, black cherry, and booze. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick. Reminded me of tasting brownie batter. It's velvety smooth with a subtle warming on the finish. Overall, this was a hard beer to figure out. It was incredibly flavorful and easy to drink, even though the booze was sometimes a bit too much. With that said, it never really hurt the experience. Only my second beer from HF. Hopefully more to follow...

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 17:11:34 | More by beerdrifter
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8/2013 date on bottle

A - pours a deep dullish muddied brown. Nearly black as it sits in my glass. Fantastic near finger of rich chocolate/auburn tinted head. Decent retention, strong lacing.

S - Semi sweet. Vanilla, tons of chocolate, booze, almost a peppermintish boozy type aroma. Pretty broad smelling, not overly rich.

T - Rich boozey vanilla/charrred flavors initially with some raisin/dark fruit which soon mix with ample sweet chocolaty (minimally roasty) flavors

M - thick on the tongue, full bodied with hardly any carbonation. A wonderful sipper

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 01:49:36 | More by MacQ32
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dmhurdle

Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are many BA stouts and a few regular imperial stouts (mexi cake, d. horse pt5, and bells expedition) which I think are better than this one.

Where this felt short for me:
1. This is a very boozy beer
a. Too boozy smell
b. Too boozy taste
c. At least the nose matched the taste well
2. The mouth-feel was too watery for a BA stout. I wish this beer had some more viscosity.

Bottom line: this beer needs more thickness or less booziness or some combination of both.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 23:45:34 | More by dmhurdle
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.10.13
Bottled 08 2013

A - Pours a motor oil black with a small very dark brown head that fades to the edges quickly.

S - Bourbon, sweet chocolate, almost a sweet fruitiness.

T - Lots of bourbon, sweet chocolate, bitter-acidic woody finish.

D - Heavy body with lower carbonation.

O - Bourbon and oak heavy with a nice chocolate middle.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 20:45:36 | More by HuskyinPDX
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled this at darkness day. Pours a silky opaque black with some tan head which retains a nice layer. The nose hites you with decadent notes of vanilla and cream paired with heavy roast and chocolate. Some smokey notes come through as well as some earthy hop notes as well. The taste is much like the nose. The bourbon barrel aged characteristics are expertly integrated wih the beer. The bourbon is present but is harmonious with the sturdy stout base beer. Taste is smooth, plenty of vanilla, chocolate, and roast with some mellow oak char. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with velvety texture. Overall, delicious brew here, definitely worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 03:30:33 | More by homebrew311
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mhksuccess

California

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into ballast pt snifter
pretty dark color very little lacing and no head just a slight ring around the outside of glass
smell is slightly boozy
taste is amazing really like
it has a great barrel flavor and extremely smooth
not hott at all
could drink this on a regular basis
definite would get again if have the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 16:07:55 | More by mhksuccess
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josephwa

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - dark black, not a much head, yet incredibly inviting.

S - Lots of bourbon and booze! Dark smooth malt on the nose.

T - Very nice and smooth bourbon taste. Very little sweetness but it fits well. Goes down so easy and smooth. Such a solid brew! Wish I had more!

M - A little alcohol burn, thick body, very little alcohol burn, I could handle walking around all day with a mouthful of this brew!

O - This is a perfect beer! Absolutely loved it! Well done brewers at Hill Farmstead, well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 05:55:09 | More by josephwa
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A huge thanks to David for this bottle! Bottled 08/2013. Poured in to stemmed tulip.

A - Poured pitch black with a thin layer of mocha brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A massive charred oak aroma dominates the nose with a lot of fresh bourbon also coming thorough. Chocolate fudge, vanilla, licorice and some noticeable alcohol are also present in the nose.

T - Huge barrel notes up front with charred oak, bourbon and vanilla flavours all coming through. Chocolate fudge, roast, and anise show up mid-palate with a huge char presence lingers in the finish.

M - Full body. Sludgy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 20:51:40 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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kevanb

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, from the Sept. 2013 release, poured into a snifter, shared with friends.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, oily and slick, with a few brown bubbles rising from the beer but the vanish quickly leaving a murky beer behind with no lace or film to be found. The aroma is of potent bourbon, lots of oak and toffee, mega barrel character, with lots of fudgey chocolate, rich malt, stone fruit, plum and cherry with an assertive amount of astringent alcohol towards the end that really mellows out as the beer warms. The flavors are very impactful, the barrel character is a bit more integrated on the tongue vs the nose, lots of chocolate, molasses, oak, toffee bourbon notes, charred wood, a bit of ashiness or chalkiness, with lots of fruit character that I really enjoyed that brings out a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is a bit lacking, the beer could definitely use a bit more carb, and while it's not flat, it's certainly a bit thin. It does coat the mouth well and finishes remarkably smooth, but I still wish it had a bit more liveliness or carb to help prop it up a bit more.

Verdict: A very nice bourbon barrel stout from Hill Farmstead. This beer definitely needed some time to open up and round itself out after opening and really hit the spot. It does need some body to it, the thin feel was a bit underwhelming, but all in all, this is a quality beer, perhaps not the world beater that it's being tossed around as, but a very quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 19:54:53 | More by kevanb
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New batch. 500ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours barely a head. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is stringy and sparse but with nice legs. Decent.

Nose is chocolate, molasses, honey, cocoa, and booze. Solid but pretty straightforward.

Opens chocolate, plum, and fudge. Very sweet. Molasses and booze emerge from the depth and combine with the chocolate and subtle dark fruit nicely. Finishes sweet booze and more molasses with just a touch of woodiness. Aftertaste of bourbon and fudge. Very enjoyable.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down warm and smooth. Messy finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Very good.

Hill Farmstead's recent Imperial Stouts have been a bit lacking by their high standards. Very solid but the flavors need to smooth out just a bit in this one. I'd wait on this for 4-5 months.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 03:10:52 | More by SpeedwayJim
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into snifter. Poured straight down the middle of the glass and got no head but a perfect brown ring of foam around the outside of the glass. Smells burnt brown sugar, coffee, bourbon, caramel. Very smooth with no boozy heat and initially a little too sweet but mellows as it warms
Overall as close to perfect as it gets and I'm surprised at some of the ratings of too boozy and hot. Maybe the month of waiting to drink has helped

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 18:25:22 | More by alaimoa
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justforrazors

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into HF stemware 10/5/13

A- Black with no light passing through. Decent 1/2 inch mocha head that fades over a minute to a ring around the glass. Impressive lacing.

S- Bourbon up front, followed by chocolate, cocoa nibs, and roast malt. Lots of roast malt. Some woody tobacco notes as well.

T- Follows the nose- lots of chocolate, coffee, roasty malts, followed by a nice amount of boozy bourbon and some oak tannins. Complex, interesting, very tasty. Not the best of the style, but very good.

M- Full body with low carbonation creeping on medium. Very tannic and astringent on the end- the booze (either the bourbon or the beer itself) really lingers on for a while, and not in the best way.

O- Maybe it was my high expectations from this beer, the effort it took to get it, or the hype-train behind Shaun's beers, but I was a bit let down. This beer is good, but not amazing. I love bourbon barrel stouts, and this was just lacking the vanilla flavor and decadent mouthfeel that I really love about the style. I bet this will get better with a year on it- right now it is just too hot with way too much roast malt astringency at this point.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 02:07:49 | More by justforrazors
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a viscous, used motor-oil black, with a finger and a half mocha head. Hello there beautiful! Good retention, but leaves very little to no lacing, probably due to the long time spent in the barrel. Very nice alcohol legs when swirled.

S- And hello there bourbon! Loads of vanilla, oak, chocolate, and booze! Hints of roast, grains, dark/sweet fruits (i.e. prunes/figs). Super complex, and damn near perfect! One detractor is there is a good bit of booze/acetone aroma that comes out as it warms.

T- The flavor is to die for! There are cascades of vanilla, chocolate, sweet molasses, and brown sugar that flow over the tongue. This is mellow, sweet, and complex. Dark fruits and roast play a strong secondary role, balancing and tying everything together. I would write more, but finding more descriptors is difficult, and this is so damn tasty I just want to drink the rest!

M- The mouthfeel is so thick, viscous, and velvety smooth! Light carbonation, some warming/soothing booze, and a dry finish. Perfection!

O- Overall this was just an absolute treat to have! I can't wait to see how my other bottle ages, and how DBD tastes!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 19:54:35 | More by SadMachine
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for sharing this bad boy.

Pours a dark brown, light black color with virtually no head at any point.

A nice aroma of bourbon and chocolate rises from the glass.

The initial taste is of dark fruit and bourbon. Moderate sweetness and a little bit of alcohol heat gives way to a difficult to find dark roast/dark chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick and viscous. The sweetness really coats the tongue, and there is no carbonation to help move things along.

On the whole, a very solid beer by Hill Farmstead. However, in a crowded BA Stout category, this falls just short of cracking the top tier for me. Perhaps a better carbed bottle would have made all the difference.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 19:55:20 | More by thebigredone
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- flat pour and pitch black, seriously sticky lacing turning the glass brown

S-strong bourbon, oak, alcohol is very strong it almost burns your nose hairs.

T- charred bourbon, astringent bitter roasted malt, dark chocolate, scant vanilla.

M- little to no carbonation, syrupy, very hot.

O- First off I love the lack of carbonation and flat pour. It feels like you have a glass of quality bourbon in front of you. It's too hot, definitely a sipper. This heat masks some of the flavor of the beer but with time I believe this beer will come of age nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 23:34:02 | More by AdamF625
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Skrip

South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml batch 2 bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A~ dark as night with a tiny dark brown head and a good amount of lacing. i only gave it a slightly lower score because of how small the head was but that definitely doesn't affect the mouthfeel.

S~ a good amount of booze on the nose followed by a lot of roasted bitter chocolate. a little vanilla, caramel, and burnt coffee come out here as well.

T~ not nearly as boozy as the scent would make you think. super complex bourbon up front. you can pretty much tell that it was a blend of Buffalo Trace and Pappy. the "Pappy effect" totally comes out here. as it gets warmer its transforms into another incredible (bourbon)/beer. lots of roasted dark chocolate smashes your pallet followed by an extremely nice coffee flavor. leaving you with a thick vanilla extract and molasses after taste.

M~ super thick motor oily goodness! nice carbonation, not what i was expecting from the look of things. surprisingly super drinkable!

O~ my perfect bourbon stout, i know i'm gonna crave this one. glad i have a few more bottles. the complexity of the 2 bourbons is really outstanding. i can't compare this to batch 1 but if it was anywhere near as good when it came out i can only imagine how its tasting now. this to me is like an imperial version of BA Earl with a tad less coffee. which was 10x better then KBS in my opinion. so you can only imagine how incredible this is all around!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 01:09:55 | More by Skrip
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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle bought on-site at Hill Farmstead on release day.

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

APPEARANCE : No light gets through this tough guy. Incredibly opaque, with a heavy, syrupy look, almost no head, but what head it has is khaki. The bubbles forming the thin head creep up to the surface so slowly you'd think they're rising through molasses. A larger head would make for a more appealing appearance, but then the added carbonation might ruin the mouthfeel (more on that to come).

SMELL : First nose is herbal molasses, cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, wood, faint vanilla, figs and raisins, a bit boozy. Second nose has the same and also releases some sharper aromas, on the herbal side, but with a definite rich sweet vanilla undertone. Third nose is the same as second, but with more booze. The bourbon cask is obvious, but well integrated.

TASTE : The mouth releases a smoky side that was not obvious on the nose. The smoke is definitely strengthened by the roasted coffee aromas, they meld together quite nicely. The rest is the same as the nose. Some sweetness.

MOUTHFEEL : Thick. I've seen thicker (Hardknott's Vitesse Noire, for example) but this is definitely up there with the big guys as far as standing-a-fork-straight-up-in-your-glass goes. Almost no carbonation, which increases the heaviness, but IMO, not to the point of being overwhelming.

OVERALL : Very interesting beer, well crafted. Chances are some people will find this to be way too much, way over-the-top, but I personally enjoy it very much. We were limited to 2 bottles per person on site, so I'm very happy a friend of mine, who only wanted one, agreed to buy a second one and sell it right off to me. I'll keep these for the cold winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:46:54 | More by FrostBlast
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

2011 vintage. Bottle # 609/864.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and cookie dough flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but the mouthfeel seems slightly off in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 15:42:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a tulip.

Damon has a nearly black color with coffee brown edges. There is a small mocha tan cap that leaves a few wisps of lacing.

The aroma is sweet bourbon, creamy chocolate, a bit of dark roast coffee, and a full roasted malt presence.

The flavor starts with a light and smooth bourbon flavor. Then there is creamy dark chocolate, full roasted malt, some milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and oak, with a bit more bourbon on the finish.

It has a very nice full body, rich, creamy carbonation, and a little bit sticky mouthfeel. Damon is definitely rich and creamy.

Overall Damon does a great job of packing a smooth, tasty bourbon barrel stout into a nice, full-bodied package.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:12:09 | More by KickInTheChalice
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ehammond1


4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this one with me, Callemcoon!

(Aged for 1 year)

Bottle #8/864

Near black in color with a small, very dark brown head of small and moderately-sized bubbles. Leaves the glass oily and spotted on the way down. This looks moderately thick, though not quite as impressive in appearance as, say, a Speedway Stout or any stout from Cigar City. Pretty and appropriate.

Well-rounded, and balanced aroma of chocolate, mild roast character, complementary but not overpowering bourbon, and chocolate-covered cherry. What I'm calling cherry is most likely a bit of oxidation that's crept in over the last year. It all comes together quite nice, without being overpowering or overbearing.

This is unlike most big, bourbon-barrel aged stouts. This is a drinkable, well-rounded, well-executed, even delicate version of an often bold, expressive, in-your-face style. Well integrated layers of chocolate, mild bourbon, a bit of roast and oak, and again, just a tiny peek of a chocolate-covered cherry note. It all comes together quite nicely.

The hallmark of this beer, personally, is it's mouthfeel. Without being terribly thick, it's creamy, coating, and nearly full.

Excellent, and I'm very glad I had the opportunity to try it. Strangely...I prefer BCBS (fresh or aged).

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 06:48:16 | More by ehammond1
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pour a dark brown-black, with mocha lacing. Aroma is decadent fudge, almonds, dates and prunes. Not your usual bourbon barrel imperial stout as it isn’t overly bourbony and leans more towards dark fruits and conforting alcohol heat. Not very roasted and coffee either. some dark chocolate and a slight roastiness. Very subtle and refine. Oily mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 03:26:08 | More by Luk13
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing. Bottle 281.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears black and opaque in the glass.  Half finger dark mocha head that quickly settles into a lasting ring leaving spotty lacing behind.

Smokey, roasted malt aroma with subtle barrel integration.  Some toasted oak and subtle booziness with more of an oak and peaty scotch presence than sweet, boozy bourbon.  There a faint malt backbone with some smoke, dark chocolate, coffee bean and oatmeal but the oak and peat notes overpower things a bit.

Medium bodied with a nice smokey barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the dark malts of the base beer.  Smokey, peaty scotch flavor with toasted oak, ash, smoked meat and burnt malt along with subtle vanilla and dry oak.  This is countered by a balance of sweet and roasted dark malt flavors with hints of dark chocolate, toast, coffee bean and oatmeal.  Well balanced with a nicely integrated barrel presence, however, I'm getting more of a dry oak than bourbon flavor.  Complex with a well masked ABV that makes it easy to drink but there's something a touch off that i cant put mu finger on.  Still, an enjoyable beer that I'm glad to have tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 23:51:40 | More by corby112
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Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.