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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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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 325
Gots: 29 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
1 year in Port, 1 year in Van Winkle Bourbon.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-25-2013)
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375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Viscous black. No head. A little glass staining.

Smell - Port dominates. Sweet smelling. Vanilla and oak reminiscent of bourbon. Chocolate.

Taste - Bourbon blends really well with the port. Vanilla, oak, and red wine. Coffee. Sweet. The slighest sharp wine flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - This is really tasty. Port barrels do magical things, but the bourbon really adds to it.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle pour at the tasting at la casa de dirtinabottle.

Pours a thick black, with no head and no lacing. No visible carbonation either, even if there was I wouldn't be able to see it through the abyss that is the body of this beer.

Smells like chocolate, port, bourbon, and vanilla. So good, so rich, and just awesome.

The port comes through stronger in the taste than the bourbon, which is interesting, given it was more recently in bourbon barrels. Strong vinous port flavor is folded very nicely into the body of the beer. Some great chocolate flavors as well, along with cookie dough, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Not much roasted malt flavor left after the extended double barrel session, but it's a little noticeable near the end as it warms up.

Velvety, creamy mouthfeel. Don't know the ABV, not stated on the bottle, but I'm guessing it's 11-12%. At that estimated ABV, it drinks incredibly well. There are strong pure bourbon and port flavors, but there is no alcohol presence, really. Hidden so well. Medium body, slightly thin, maybe. Completely flat, no carbonation.

I feel incredibly lucky to have tried this beast of a beer. It contrasts with AB Mex Cake (sampled later) nicely- both stouts wring a hell of a lot of flavor into your mouth, but Double Barrel Damon does it with just a regular, well crafted stout and two barrels. AB Mexican Cake is stellar, but is chock full of adjuncts. As far as I know, there are no adjuncts in Damon. The flavor profile on Double Barrel Damon makes this fact amazing.

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Huge thanks to Ricky for donating his share for our sampling so I could save my bottle, and 3-way split with rudzud.

Pours no head but motor oil thick and black as tar, nice long legs. Strains the glasses dark yellow.

Nose is so much awesome, tons of chocolate layers, cocoa, syrupy heavy dark malt base, some sweet barrel with little vanilla barrel, hint of sweet bourbon nice soft bourbon, so much great choc.

Taste is very complex too, mostly dark malts, chewy malts, dark black malt but not roasty or burnt at all. Lots of syrupy dark choc, little bakers choc, etc. Nice port barrel flavor with a tawny port like flavor, little sweet bourbon too, and bit of vanilla barrel too, bit fudge, thick creamy like chewy syrupy malt, mild warming slight tingly booze, nice balance. Nice layers between the choc and two barrel characters. Finish is drier with hint more warming booze, but syrupy but not super thick mouth coating like, more dark choc and fudge, light port and bourbon still blending.

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Overall amazing as expected.

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Damon (Double Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.