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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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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 1,017
Gots: 103 | 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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4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served alongside Port Damon and Double Barrel Damon.

The beer is dark brown, near black, with a small beige collar. Aromas of dark roast, chocolate. Rich and flavorful. Dark chocolates. Oak and bourbon character are there, but don't overwhelm the flavor profile. Elegant feel. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. While I enjoy everything Hill Farmstead, in general, it seems the stouts are not quite up to the level of their saisons and IPAs.

Huhzubendah, Aug 09, 2014
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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.

Pahn, Jul 04, 2014
Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.