Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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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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Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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