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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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BA SCORE
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478 Ratings
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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 968
Gots: 103 | FT: 13
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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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

02-28-2014 13:15:51 | More by IPAchris
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sendsilk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-28-2014 02:03:40 | More by sendsilk
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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
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BriMaster56

New York

1.75/5  rDev -60.5%

02-21-2014 01:16:46 | More by BriMaster56
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c_patton

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

02-19-2014 18:56:20 | More by c_patton
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

02-17-2014 17:15:58 | More by duracell
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striker2160

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-16-2014 05:39:09 | More by striker2160
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-16-2014 02:09:26 | More by lonewolfcry
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -9.7%

02-14-2014 23:07:45 | More by lunarbrew
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Dicers

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

02-14-2014 06:34:30 | More by Dicers
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BeerWorld

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-09-2014 18:33:15 | More by BeerWorld
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

02-07-2014 13:22:19 | More by Dactrius
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

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
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Jballn

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

02-05-2014 15:30:34 | More by Jballn
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

02-03-2014 22:19:45 | More by Phillyz
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jarrgal

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

02-02-2014 04:32:06 | More by jarrgal
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.7%

02-01-2014 14:50:05 | More by Holland
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Dagsy

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

01-30-2014 00:23:46 | More by Dagsy
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HipHopsHooray

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

01-28-2014 22:34:36 | More by HipHopsHooray
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

01-26-2014 19:12:22 | More by ShemRahBoo
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

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
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beerdrifter

Germany

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
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ThrashMaster

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.9%

01-23-2014 02:08:23 | More by ThrashMaster
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Jpepe08

Vermont

4/5  rDev -9.7%

01-22-2014 02:19:43 | More by Jpepe08
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Imperial_Sapient_Groat

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.7%

01-19-2014 02:49:58 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.