Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.54/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
02-23-2014 02:38:30 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev -9.7%
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!
02-07-2014 04:42:42 | More by Stevedore
4.48/5 rDev +1.1%
**First and foremost, my scores reflect the times I have had this beer on-tap at the brewery events while the words reflect the bottled version.**
Thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with us last weekend, Batch #2.
A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light ring around the edge of the glass, leaving little to no lace at all on the glass.
S - Smells of warm bourbon, fudgey chocolate, vanilla, molasses, dark fruits, overly charred oak and plenty of dark roasted malt. Lots of dark aromas lurking in the shadows of this one.
T - Starts off much like the nose does with a bit sugary kick - mainly the fudgey chocolate, vanilla, molasses mixed dark fruits - quickly being joined by the smokey charred oak and base dark roasted malts. Finish is much like before with a mix of sweetness and dark roasty flavors, lingering long after the finish.
M - Heavy body with moderate to low carbonation. Slick feel throughout, booze is hidden quite well.
O - I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Not as good as when I had it on-tap but still a very enjoyable beer. Really looking forward to trying that Double Barrel version in the near future.
01-25-2014 07:13:43 | More by orangesol
4.44/5 rDev +0.2%
Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! An aggressive pour of this pitch black beauty yields a one finger dark caramel-colored head that dissipates pretty quickly but leaves some really nice lacing. The nose is fairly sweet initially, but quickly yields to lots of dark roast, chocolate fudge, oak, vanilla, and a ton of booze. The taste is big and bold with rich chocolate fudge, vanilla, dark fruits, oak, subtle char, molasses, espresso, cocoa, black cherry, and booze. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick. Reminded me of tasting brownie batter. It's velvety smooth with a subtle warming on the finish. Overall, this was a hard beer to figure out. It was incredibly flavorful and easy to drink, even though the booze was sometimes a bit too much. With that said, it never really hurt the experience. Only my second beer from HF. Hopefully more to follow...
01-23-2014 17:11:34 | More by beerdrifter
Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.