Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by FrostBlast:
4.45/5 rDev +0.2%
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
More User Reviews:
4.54/5 rDev +2.3%
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
4.16/5 rDev -6.3%
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
Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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