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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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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 315
Gots: 30 | FT: 6
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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Reviews by jlindros:
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

Mouth is very thick and a bit syrupy, lighter carb but typical for this kinda beer, just a bit of warming booze, little underwhelming.

Overall amazing as expected.

09-28-2013 19:34:45 | More by jlindros
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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Virginia

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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

12-17-2013 03:57:03 | More by Alieniloquium
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Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

03-01-2014 09:27:18 | More by Atomicskis5
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Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.4%

03-24-2014 00:43:50 | More by jegross2
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%

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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New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -11.7%

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Maryland

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New York

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Massachusetts

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09-27-2013 03:39:52 | More by Hophead717
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Vermont

5/5  rDev +10.4%

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Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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scotv

New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

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09-29-2013 06:53:31 | More by phishphorce
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PerHops

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

01-06-2014 15:55:43 | More by PerHops
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portia99

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -11.7%

On tap at Armsby Abbey during Stout Fest 2014. Poured into a stemmed wine glass.

A - Pours a deep brown color. No head, just faint bubbles on the edges of the glass...looks still. Nice legs on the glass, coating the glass entirely on a swirl. Clear mahogany highlights around the edges.

S - Quite boozy on the nose - bourbon, ethanol, vanilla, caramel, cocoa powder, roasty malt with a toffee-ish sweetness.

T - Vanilla, sweet and smooth. Noticable bourbon, rather boozy. Only faint traces of time in the port barrels. Bourbon dominates the profile. Caramel, toffee, molasses, nougat...a bit candy bar like. Roasty with cocoa backed by bourbon.

M - A bit thin and watery, definitely doesn't rate any higher than a medium body. Practically still - hardly any carbonation at all. Boozy, oaky, vanilla-y.

O - Good, but a bit of a let down. Had huge expectations for this when I saw it on the tap list. Definitely happy to try it, but really wasn't that impressive. Lack of carbonation was a true flaw, combined with a watery, thin mouthfeel. Flavors were good but nothing special.

04-07-2014 00:20:29 | More by portia99
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MrRockstar

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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cfrances33

Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Pours a black body without any real head to speak of. There are a few bubbles that form, but they dissipate to a light film rather quickly. Lots of coating on the glass.

Smell: Lots of chocolate and roast on the opening of the nose, that mixes with a predominant port barrel. Quite tannic and oaky. Some vanilla and bourbon gently sneak in. As the beer opened up, these aromas became very integrated. Really just smelled incredible

Taste: The same fudgey chocolate from the nose, with a forward roast character. Port barrel tannins and oak throughout. The bourbon barrel adds a level of complexity onto the finish, with a touch of sticky vanilla and caramel. Lingers for a long time with port tannins, chocolate, and oak.

Mouthfeel: Very gently carbonated, but that in no way detracts from the beer... I think it actually was more pleasant. Alcohol is well hidden, except for a light burn on the finish. Thick and sticky, yet still quite drinkable.

Overall: This was a real pleasure to finally have. One of the most complex stouts I've had the opportunity to enjoy. Perhaps our paths will cross again one day.

08-25-2013 23:45:03 | More by cfrances33
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%

A - The appearance had a slight knock because of the lack of head and visible carbonation. It's quite dark, nice looking stout other than that.

S - Amazing smell. Got some port flavors mixed with bourbon flavors. It had a nice oak flavors as well. The barrels blended this beer masterfully. I just had bourbon Damon, and there was definitely a port wine influence. The bourbon was also blended into the overall flavor more, but still added some bourbon notes without adding any sharpness. Some dark fruits as well. Not a very roasty stout.

T - Followed it up well. It pretty much matched the nose exactly. Was so smooth and no alcohol heat to be found. Just a nice mix between a traditional RIS with some very smooth bourbon notes and some port notes. I've never had port wine, but I can tell there's some port notes because of the depth of complexity compared to straight bourbon Damon. One of the smoothest beers I've ever had as well. Just went down so silky.

M - Perfect except for a lack of carb. It was almost flat, but it didn't detract too much. With such a huge body and bold complexities, the carb didn't detract much at all. Someone I shared it with found the lack of carb nice in fact. That's why it's only losing .25 points. Also, after 2 years in multiple barrels, I'm not surprised there's a lack of carb.

O - This was phenomenal. Overall, the only thing I could say is that it lacked a bit of carb. It doesn't detract too much, however, and the bold well integrated flavors made up for it. Looking forward to splitting another bottle with a friend. Hill Farmstead seems to do classic styles in a phenomenal way. This reminds me of a classic RIS perfectly made, with very smooth bourbon barrel flavors along with some port barrel flavors.

09-27-2013 03:52:52 | More by nrs207
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bird22

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

10-08-2013 18:55:04 | More by bird22
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Damon (Double Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.