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Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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

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510 Ratings
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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 1,010
Gots: 104 | FT: 12
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

djrn2, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

spycow, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

zestar, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to yourefragile for sharing this bottle. No Hill Farmstead tulip; damn my early packing. Bottle number 578/864.

Pours near black with a good tan head and some spotty, streaky lacing on the way down. The nose carries a great dose of bourbon and chocolate with some very mild roast in the background. Flavor has big bourbon and oak with some accompanying vanilla. Medium body with smooth carbonation. Über smooth. Really fantastic. Just a touch of booze for warmth. Fantastic.

Thorpe429, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -9.7%

acurtis, Feb 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

nmann08, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Texasfan549, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

kjkinsey, Sep 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

ygtbsm94, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a small tan head. Very roasty with plenty of dark chocolate. A mild vanilla note, some bourbon, and a bit of oak. The flavor is heavy on the roast and is mildly bitter. Some bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Dark chocolate, a bit of ash, maybe some dark fruit notes as well. Good, but not amazing.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Knapp85, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

JAHMUR, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shared by dsgolovin. Thanks!

Appearance: Black as pitch with oily viscosity. A hard pour yields a finger of crusty brown foam that recedes slowly.

Smell: When cold, a lot of bourbon, oak and black licorice with milder notes of dark chocolate. Malt pops out more as it warms up, bringing chocolate to the forefront along with a good amount of molasses and tar. Smells pretty good, but I could do without the ashy, tar-like malt character.

Palate: Quite a bit of ashy, tar-like dark malt flavor. Bittersweet chocolate, molasses, a bit of dark fruit. The malt character reminds me quite a bit of Scandinavian imperial stouts. Bourbon and oak are nicely integrated, and blend well with the huge malt backbone. Mildly bitter with well masked alcohol, just a bit of heat in the finish. Mouthfeel is the highlight of the beer - it's full and viscous but not under-attenuated.

Overall: Very good, but I didn't like it as much as I was expecting to. Birth of Tragedy was more enjoyable to me.

largadeer, Apr 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

SocalKicks, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml black wax topped bottle into a couple of snifters. Bottle # 178/864. Huge thanks go to Stakem for sharing this bottle with a couple of us.

Pours black as night in the glass, with a think bubbly head of dark mocha froth. This maintains some rich edges, which just coats the sides of the glass with spotty lacing and gooey brown oils. The aroma smells of burnt bourbon character up front, with is quickly followed by notes of chocolate cake, coffee, molasses, brown sugar and spicy alcohol. Man, this has a nice booze soaked sweetness to it in the nose.

The taste is chocolate fudge, roasted coffee, burnt molasses, brown sugars, and more spicy alcohol which leads into a charred bourbon finish. This is just so burnt, sticky and rich feeling on the palate. I’m in love. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a thick and chewy carbonation that is undercut by a good amount of tannic slickness that helps this drink way smoother than it should considering the alcohol and assertive barrel character here.

This a great BA Imperial Stout from Hill Farmstead and I especially loved how it didn’t hide its brashness but instead complimented it with a host of delicious sticky sweetness that kept this accessible and a joy to sip on. I drank a bunch of this at the last EBF and it was a pleasure to be able to sit down with it again. Thanks again Adam!

Kegatron, Sep 10, 2012
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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.

jlindros, Feb 23, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by yourefragile because he thinks I'm fragile, poured into a Hill Farmstead becher because that's the only HF glass I have and drank through a straw because there was a baby on my head at the time, all of this actually happened.

Beer is black with a nice tan head of small bubbles, moderate retnetion, low carbonation, some lacing, looks nice.

Aroma is interesting, not as bourbon forward as one might expect but excellent because I can smell both the bourbon and the yeast, mild roast, sweetness, chocolate perhaps?

Beer is medium in body, creamy, sweet, mildly oaky and bourbony, tastes nice, an interesting beer. I commented that it is slightly Black Albert like and people didn't disagree. I'd have it again, a very nice beer.

drabmuh, Feb 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

oline73, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA.

Nice surprise seeing this one on tap! Dark black pour, maybe some faint brown hues around the edges, with a minimal head, just a dark collar, which left a few shards of lacing and some legs on the glass. Nice aroma, thick with fudge, dark malts, caramelized sugar, notes of bourbon and vanilla. More of the same in the taste, with the barrel element coming out a bit more, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, slight char and roasty coffee. I got more malt/sweet/bourbon than bitter/roast/coffee in this one. Medium-full body, lower carbonation, silky mouthfeel, booze was present, but not too hot at all. Very good overall.

Rifugium, Apr 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

mendvicdog, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 02/25/12 notes. Big, big thanks to yourefragile for sharing a bottle of this one. Had several pours of this on tap at EBF earlier in the month and it was one of my favorites of the fest. Bottle number 578/864.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, bourbon, oak, roasted malts, vanilla, and a tiny bit of citrus. Really liking the mix of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon in the nose. Really great.

t - Tastes of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, wood/oak, toasted malts, coffee, light dark chocolate. More vanilla then the nose, and still nice and sweet. Awesome.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy with no heat at all. Easy to drink out of the bottle and easier to drink on tap.

o - Overall this is up there at one of Hill Farmstead's best beers in my opinion. I've loved some of their hoppy beers but it's really nice to see that they can do a great RIS as well. A little sweet (which I like), and nice bit of bourbon mixing with chocolate and vanilla, well worth checking out. One of my favorites from EBF and the other day.

mdfb79, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

beernads, Mar 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Rochefort10nh, Feb 20, 2012
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Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.