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Damon (Double Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Damon (Double Barrel Aged)Damon (Double Barrel Aged)

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 344
Gots: 28 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

1 year in Port, 1 year in Van Winkle Bourbon.
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4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cannabispinoy
4.99/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of doremite
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing how both the port and bourbon both come through in this week almost separately with each and every sip. This is the best damon varietal to date. Drank this Christmas 2014 and damn I wish it wasn't both so good and so scarce.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Kmlund
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Smelling bitter dark chocolate, picking up the port. I honestly don't know what to think of this beer. I think it's so extremely balanced and the flavors are so incredibly harmonized that its hard to pick out any real standout flavors. The only bad thing about this beer it has very little to no carbonation. Don't really mind that though. Huge alcohol that I can only detect because it warms my chest up. Superb.

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4.2/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of HoldenDurden
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of blabaer
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Review from 10/26/2014. Opened alongside the most recent batches of Bourbon Damon and Port Damon, alongside a bunch of other amazing stouts, including KBBS. Prior to this tasting, Bourbon Damon was my favorite non-adjunct stout. I suspect you can guess where this is going...

A: Jet black. Somehow marginally darker than Bourbon Damon. Port Damon was quite carbonated comparatively, but the carb here was a light hiss upon opening, equivalent to Bourbon Damon. Almost no head whatsoever. Viscous, as I like my stouts.

S: The depth of the barrel characters is astonishing. This completely blows the smell of Bourbon Damon out of the water. Possibly the richest layers of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, red wine, and slight vanilla imaginable. The perfect non-adjunct stout smell. By comparison, the nose on Port Damon was weak. Astonishingly though, compared to this, Bourbon Damon also feels sparse. Eye opening to smell them next to each other. Without tasting them, I can tell this is starkly superior.

M: Silk. Not overbearingly thick, nor thin whatsoever. The additional year in the barrels really mellowed this out perfectly. I can't help but think I am drinking this at exactly the right juncture in its lifecycle.

T: The taste begins with rich perfect bourbon, more intense than Bourbon Damon despite spending the same time in bourbon barrels. Somehow, this is immensely darker and richer. The profile continues with layers of molasses, espresso, chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Then, the port finish takes this to the next level. A perfect red wine acidity mellows the final gasp of flavor, not overbearing, as young Port Damon was for me. Didn't think this could be that perfectly balanced given my pre-disposition against red wine characters in stouts.

O: A masterwork. This beer is especially remarkable given that there are no other ingredients besides Malt, Hops, Yeast, and Water. This beer succeeds because it is significantly greater than the sum of its parts. Obviously, we had to blend regular Bourbon and Port together to see how it matched up. Not even friggin' close. Truly, this is Shaun at his absolute finest.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.72/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dkw0063
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -12.3%

From notes. Drank next to bourbon Damon. Pour is black with chestnut reddish head. Nose has more bourbon and wood than bourbon Damon. More fudge and rich chocolate with a hint of astringency and some roasted malt behind. Taste is a bit sweeter and less bourbon notes. Fudgy malt with brown sugar and caramel, a bit sweet in the finish. Full bodied and softer carbonation with a lightly dry finish. After having port as well, this is my favorite but all are a bit too sweet.

Photo of hookah97
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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Damon (Double Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.