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
98
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535 Ratings
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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 1,029
Gots: 102 | 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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4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into snifter. Poured straight down the middle of the glass and got no head but a perfect brown ring of foam around the outside of the glass. Smells burnt brown sugar, coffee, bourbon, caramel. Very smooth with no boozy heat and initially a little too sweet but mellows as it warms
Overall as close to perfect as it gets and I'm surprised at some of the ratings of too boozy and hot. Maybe the month of waiting to drink has helped

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4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was lucky enough to get a couple bottles of this, one from jedwards and the othe from jbeatty. Thanks heaps gents. I thought I'd take the HF challenge and drink them both on the same night. What a treat / mistake that was...

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.
Vintage 2011
Bottle 451 of 864

APPEARANCE: A sludgy black, thick pour yields a small, tight, tan head with very good retention. Head fades to a good wisp and ring. Pitch black in color with no carbonation evident. A swirling wisp and ring remain until the end and leaves dots of lacing down the glass. Thick and nasty looking. This is a black, black, thick, evil looking stout beer.

SMELL: Big nose on this one for sure. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and lots of bourbon barrel. Oak, vanilla and milk chocolate in there, as well as touches of toffee and molasses. This is phenomenal, though perhaps a touch more base beer is needed for a perfect score.

TASTE: This is a perfect score. Period. Roasted and caramel malt up front, with lots of bourbon barrel at the swallow. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk choclate with some bitter dark chocolate and toffee sweetness as well. Big, bold and lingering aftertaste of bourbon barrel, bitter dark chocolate, sweet molasses and roasted flavors just doesn't quit. This is phenomenally ballanced and absolutely decadent. Love it.

PALATE: Full body, thick and heavy on the palate, with lower levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a bite at the swallow, though well measured, and finishes slightly sticky. Some heat lingers. Could be a touch smoother, but it's full, heavy, and plenty dominating.

OVERALL: Well, I hate to say it, but this is perhaps the best barrel aged imperial stout to have ever crossed my lips. I can't imagine it getting any closer to perfection than this. A massive, evil look, a wonderfully bold and balanced nose, flavors to write home to your mom about, and a heavy and meanacing palate to boot, this is just a nasty beer that every BA stout lover should get to try. Actually, since I would love to get more of it, forget everything I just said about it. Nevermind. It sucks. Thanks again gents! Send more asap. I am thirsty.

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4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Thick pitch-black body with a thin dark-tan head. Looks beautiful. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The nose is packed with cocoa, bourbon, wood and vanilla. Smells amazing. Roasty with a touch of booze. On the tongue its sweet bourbon and vanilla up front, but then finishes with a wave of dark chocolate and some dry, earthy, dark malt bitterness on the tail end. The 10% abv is noticeable, but doesn’t get in the way of taste or enjoyment. Very drinkable for a barrel aged imperial stout. The body is smooth and creamy with light carbonation. Overall, this is phenomenal, but Hill Farmstead never disappoints. Damon is drinking excellently now, but I’m sure it will hold up or even get better in the years to come. Beautiful.

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4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a viscous, used motor-oil black, with a finger and a half mocha head. Hello there beautiful! Good retention, but leaves very little to no lacing, probably due to the long time spent in the barrel. Very nice alcohol legs when swirled.

S- And hello there bourbon! Loads of vanilla, oak, chocolate, and booze! Hints of roast, grains, dark/sweet fruits (i.e. prunes/figs). Super complex, and damn near perfect! One detractor is there is a good bit of booze/acetone aroma that comes out as it warms.

T- The flavor is to die for! There are cascades of vanilla, chocolate, sweet molasses, and brown sugar that flow over the tongue. This is mellow, sweet, and complex. Dark fruits and roast play a strong secondary role, balancing and tying everything together. I would write more, but finding more descriptors is difficult, and this is so damn tasty I just want to drink the rest!

M- The mouthfeel is so thick, viscous, and velvety smooth! Light carbonation, some warming/soothing booze, and a dry finish. Perfection!

O- Overall this was just an absolute treat to have! I can't wait to see how my other bottle ages, and how DBD tastes!

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4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle #142/864, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem. Enjoyed on November 9, 2012.

Pour: Completely pitch black body. Straight up midnight. Perhaps the darkest beer I've ever had. Forms a half of an inch of deep khaki head, that leaves a nice rim. Slight lacing, but Damon leaves the glass with a brown sludge.

Smell: Bourbon vanilla up front, followed by some milk chocolate. Dark fruits take over the nose from here, with a nice combo of raisins and figs.

Taste: Wow. Smooth bourbon toffee up front, that gives way to chewy chocolate fudge. A nice vanilla moves in, and characterizes the majority of the sweetness. The dark fruits complement flawlessly, and while I can normally do without them, they really work here. Finishes chewy with a brownie batter like lingering taste on the palate.

Mouthfeel: So incredibly smooth. Bourbon provides all the amazing toffee and vanilla flavors, with no heat. Nearly velvety, and walks the fine line between being light and thick. Awesome.

Overall: Amazing beer. Absolutely blew me away. I cannot wait to try future releases of this beer.

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4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BEER REVIEW #300!

Reviewing the infamous Damon from Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Vermont. Hill Farmstead quickly became one of my favorite breweries this year, and Damon solidified Hill Farmstead's place in my top three.
Score: 98

2011 vintage (batch 1), bottle #471/864. Black wax. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 06/06/12.This beer was consumed the night before being sworn into the Wisconsin state bar as a celebratory libation.

Appearance: Pours the color of motor oil with a thin brown layer of head atop the beer that quickly settles to a mocha-colored ring around the glass. Oily lacing, minimal head and decent retention. The beer looks visually imposing enough at 10.5% ABV. 4/5

Smell: Ample notes of raisin and complex chocolate coat the nose. There's milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, dark chocolate and even some fudge as the brew warms. There is also bourbon vanilla and fig present too. Absolutely awesome nose. 4.75/5

Taste: Smooth bourbon, raisins/figs, fudge and milk chocolate throughout with a nice vanilla flavor in the middle. The vanilla sweetness yields to a fudge flavor towards the finish, though the aftertaste is more of a creamy milk chocolate flavor than fudge. Residual notes of wood. Some sweet maltiness comes out as the beer. Smooth and without booziness. The balance and integration of the flavors here is absolutely superb, almost seamless at times. The flavors are almost too complex and integrated to pin down. Needless to say, this is is a decadent digestif! 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, minimal carbonation. Super creamy mouthfeel. Mildly dry finish with a rich milk chocolate aftertaste. 4.5/5

Overall: One of the best beers of the year; this one truly lives up to it's hype. My only wish is that I had another.

Recommendation: A top notch barrel aged imperial stout that is absolutely worth seeking out. Even casual beer drinkers should be able to revel in the flavorful, unboozy complexities of this big brew.

Pairings: Fresh mint ice cream.

Cost: $15 for a 500 ml bottle.

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4.8/5  rDev +8.1%

Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.