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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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508 Ratings
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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 1,009
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 starrdogg
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours black with almost no head and pretty serious lacing. Smell is a really nice mix of the barrel and the base beer. Bourbon comes through initially, but there's also a nice amount of roastiness in there as well. Flavor is really nice, the base beer is a very nice mix of roast and chocolate, and the bourbon/oak flavors blend with it very nicely to give it a nice sweetness and smoothness. Bourbon isn't super prominent, but still plays a nice role. Mouthfeel is medium-thick bodied and the carbonation isn't the issue I thought it might be after seeing the beer. Overall this a really nice Imperial Stout, I'm very impessed and another hit from Hill Farmstead.

starrdogg, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4/12/2012

500ml bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #165/864. Thanks for the opportunity to try this.

A: Flows like motor oil out of the body with much viscosity, yielding a finger of dark brown foam that gives way to scattered lacing.

S: A medley of dark chocolate, brown sugar, bourbon, and vanilla. I get a firm oak profile with a big dark malt presence, notes of dark fruit, and licorice. I detect the faintest essence of smoke with a whisper of maple. The bourbon is present but not overpowering, allowing the quality of the base beer to be showcased as well. The roastiness is tame, which is how I like it. Coffee is a shadow.

T: Lightly earth up front with an upper low bitterness and a dash of alcohol. Bourbon quickly takes the helm, guiding me into a tranquil sea of brown sugary dark chocolate and vanilla. This sea is inhabited by scattered colonies of blackstrap molasses and licorice. The beer has a big dark malt presence without any harh or overly roasted notes. The beer finishes with bourbonic oak, brown sugary vanilla dark chocolate, and an increased but not inappropriate level of alcohol.

M: The beer is full in body with a moderate level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy, sticky, viscous, and silky, with notable palate warming. Really excellent feel for the style, and considering this is barrel aged I'm even more impressed.

Overall: An excellent beer all around. I raise my glass to Damon and think back on my beloved dog lost not long ago.

HopHead84, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Beerlistman
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Beerlistman, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of jbuddle
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

jbuddle, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of seeswo
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

seeswo, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of codysjb
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hill Farmstead Damon.
I was the first one at the release at 9 am and got to meet all the brewers before anyone else showed up (was pretty cool). Most people in line were pretty cool too despite the fact that certain individuals felt the need to rush to the front of the line when more than 20 other people were there before them.
Bottle 280/864
Poured into my CBS glass
A: Pours a jet black with no head. Some small lacing that it retains on the top of the beer with some bubbles.
S: Bourbon, caramel, coffee all rolled into one. The Bourbon is most prevalent.
T: Lots of bourbon but not overpowering. Some notes of Carmel and chocolate linger. Overall there’s a lot of bourbon right up front and not a ton going on after that.
M: Bourbon, pretty much entirely bourbon flavor. Not as much going on as bourbon county and there’s really one flavor and not a lot of change.
O: Great beer. I think I prefer Bourbon County but it’s better than 99% of everything else I drink. Once more Hill Farmstead does and amazing beer.

codysjb, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of rondufresne
5/5  rDev +12.9%

rondufresne, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle shared by jedwards. Bottle 425/864. Pours an inky black with no head. Nose expresses bourbon, dark malts, buttery notes and ethanol towards the back. Taste expresses bourbon, but not too bold, with roasted malt and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, slightly oily in consistency with some residual heat. This is an exceptional, incredibly tasty and well-balanced BA stout. If you are expecting a big bourbon bomb, you will not find it in Damon; however, the way this beer comes together is quite fantastic.

Jwale73, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

jsilva, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of alalvarez75
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

alalvarez75, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of sdaly3
4/5  rDev -9.7%

sdaly3, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of wdarcy77
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

wdarcy77, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of celticfutblclub
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

celticfutblclub, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of CADMixes
4/5  rDev -9.7%

CADMixes, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Gushue3
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really excited to finally try this beer, a good way to end my vacation. Poured into Hill Farmstead bulb

A Pours opaque from the bottle and the same in the glass. Smaller brown head forms above the body and slowly comes down leaving bubbles and froth on top. Nice signs of carbonation when I play with it and this beer looks pretty nice, big surprise from HF.

S Sweet malts and a nice dose of bourbon are the first thing I notice. Sweet chocolate and a subtle roast are there

T Follows the nose to a tee. Sweet roasty malts, chocolate,sweet bourbon that is well integrated. Vanilla-y bourbon on the finish makes this one very nice and complex stout. Not one flavor overpowers another, each sip is a little different.

M Big heavy mouthfeel with a low carbonation feel. pretty much how I like my stouts to feel. Slick and creamy, this is an enjoyable sipper

O Really enjoyable stout. Flavor profile is really something else

Gushue3, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

ygtbsm94, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to open this beer for my 500th review on BA. Definitely seems worthy of the occasion, especially considering how awesome Birth of Tragedy was.

Presentation: 500 mL waxed and capped bottle poured into my new Kate the Great tulip, which seemed pretty appropiate. Served at cellar temperature after peeling the wax off.

Appearance: Dark brown to black on color, pretty standard for a barrel aged stout. Leaves a nice, dark brown lacing around the edge of the glass.

Aroma: Big dark chocolate and fudge cake upfront. A nice slight burn from the bourbon. Vanilla, bourbon and coconut are all noticable and add nice complexity throughout. Really balanced for being so young.

Taste: The chocolate and bourbon notes really play off each other well. There is some sweet caramel and vanilla. Lots of espresso and coffee notes that add a contrasting bitterness. The barrel aging is done well and does not make the beer too unbalanced or hot. The bourbon really works and does not overpower the base beer, which seems rich and complex on its own. Incredibly easy to drink as well.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, coats the mouth very well.

Overall, a really well done and delicious barrel aged stout. Incredibly balanced and drinkable. Definitely one of the better barrel aged stouts I've had. Definitely hope that Hill Farmstead does this more than once.

Gosox8787, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of AshleyMiller
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

AshleyMiller, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of SpillyBeers
5/5  rDev +12.9%

SpillyBeers, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of 05Harley
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage: 2011
Bottle # 699 of 864
(315 calories)

Price - $20/500ml bottle

The inaugural RIS brewed by Hill Farmstead brewery. I've been waiting a long time for this one.

Pours pitch black and I mean midnight black. A one finger brown creamy head follows and fills the top of the glass with red edges. A looker, hell ya like a Victoria Secrets model dressed in lingerie. The foam appears to be a little more modest and retreats to a creamy film. Left behind is polka dotted lacing at a stand still on my snifter due to the sticky nature. The appearance is a dead ringer for the style.

Let's talk about the nose, strong and full of aroma. Chocolate, bourbon, caramel, oak and dark cherries. A faint but noticeable roastiness works it way through but can't overcome the sweet sensation. Highly quaffable and simply amazing.

Tastebud sex baby! Flavors of chocolate and soft vanilla bourbon come on first followed by layers of extras such as buttery caramel, molasses and various dark fruits. The bourbon flavor is as close to perfect as possible without being overdone. A slight booziness is noticeable but quickly forgotten with the next sip.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and maintains that creamy look with the feel. The body is medium with low carbonation and very little bitterness. Finishes tangy and moderately dry. A little more bittering hops please..

Overall am I biased due to it being brewed by a local, your f***ing right I'am but I'll take the hit on this one. As I poured the final glass I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed. This was it. The bottle is empty and the experience is over. I think this feeling is what it's all about, keep them begging for more. The last time I felt like this I was enjoying another local favorite RIS "Kate The Great". Phenomenal job Shaun and thank you for the experience.

05Harley, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Scottz5
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Scottz5, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Mag00n
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Mag00n, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of claaark13
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled, set out for about 15 minutes and poured into a HF tulip...both the bottle and tulip provided by jedwards (badass). Bottle #639.

A - Pours black with a very slow rising, minimal head. The head never really develops and remains as lingering lacing throughout. Returns upon some sifting. The lacing retention keeps it looking good.

S - Traces of oak, chocolate and dark fruits. Nothing is too strong at all. Nice, but muted.

F - Slight oak, vanilla, cocoa, dryness from the oak that has some sweetness to balance, and then a nice cocoa/vanilla finish. Wow. There is complexity yet so much balance and smoothness.

M - Thicker side of medium, low-medium carbonation, very silky. Although the body feels so nice, it is still a little light on the tongue.

O - HF does it again. I'm having a tough time figuring out the difference between this as an RIS and Birth as a Porter. The only real difference in the two are the flavors....and a little bit in the appearance. Fantastic all around. I wish I had a case of this.

claaark13, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of phingdong
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

phingdong, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Waited in line for a few hours outside of Hill Farmstead to get this beer. Was the first person in line. Few in the cellar and one to crack now, the day before Kate Day. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottle 799/864

A - Pours a deep, rich almost oily black colour. Definately is clear, I could see that in the stream, but as it collects in the tulip it is inpenitrable by light. There was a half finger deep dark mocha head but that disappeared rather quickly to leave a very, very thin halo.

S - Aroma is very rich and inviting. Some sweet malts, nice chocolate roast. Lots of rich mellow bourbon on this one. Clearly a good bourbon with some nice earthy vanilla wood. There is some slight alcohol burn on the end.

T - Very smooth and mellow. Nice roasted malts and chocolate. Dark chocolate. Dark chocolate that is wonderfully intermixed with smooth good quality bourbon. Nice bourbon and oak along with some vanilla. There is a very slight warm booze bourbon finish to it.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice. Rich, creamy, thick and silky smooth. Practically no bourbon heat at all on the finish but all the nice bourbon qualities.

O - Overall, yet another excellent limited release from Hill Farmstead. Their stuff is well worth seeking out. Delicious beer that will only improve even more with age.

rudzud, Mar 05, 2012
Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.