Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by jlindros:
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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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 457 ratings.