Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by iadler:
4/5 rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Big thanks to Immobilisme for bringing this to our tasting last month. I've been wanting to try this for a while. From notes. Bottle #139/864.
A- Pours a pitch black with a small mocha head that leaves minimal lacing.
S- Plenty of bourbon upfront, oak, roasted malt, burnt caramel, dark chocolate and a hint of smoke.
T- Bourbon hits right away follow by roasted malt, oak, burnt caramel, dark chocolate, smoke and a bit of ash.
M- Light to medium carbonation that finishes fairly hot.
O- Somewhat disappointed as this was just too hot at the moment and not nearly as complex as the other stout offerings I've had from HF. This definitely needs some more time to mellow. It's a bit rough around the edges right now, but with the bourbon mellowing some and letting some of the other flavors shine, I could see this being quite good.
Serving type: bottle
08-14-2012 05:32:55 | More by iadler
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4.75/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
22oz bottle split 2 ways with BA morningthief. Poured into a wine glass.
Appearance: Black with a one inch dark tan head. Leaves sweeping spots and arches of lacing. Looks pretty serious.
Smell: Pretty muted. Some oak and more molasses. Very good but a little simple. Some red wine notes come out with warmth.
Taste: Holy shit. The aroma didn't prepare me for all this flavor. Up front it's sweet bourbon and vanilla oak, leading to brownies fresh out of the oven and a lot of molasses. Highlights to the flavor are unique and amazing. I've tasted most of this before in different places, but the highlights to the flavor (and the overall impression, and how pronounced and complimentary everything is) is uncommonly excellent.
I knew I would give this a 5 for taste after just a few sips. The question isn't "is this a good stout?" it's "Is this the best stout you've ever tasted?"
Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied, and very creamy. Slight dryness at the end to balance the pastry assault. Mild alcohol heat. Works with the flavor.
Overall: You want to think Hill Farmstead is overrated, but it's not. This beer is so good it's inspiring.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 22:16:46 | More by Pahn
Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.