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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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world-class

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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Jeffo

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4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

Tommy brought the whole set to our latest Moeder Lambic tasting a few weeks ago. Cheers man! Lots of fun for sure.

From a 375 into a tasting glass.
Vintage: 2013

APPEARANCE: Just like regular Damon. 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 with a perfect looking head for the style. Top notch.

SMELL: Closer resembles the bourbon Damon, though notes of the port are definitely in there. Plenty of bourbon barrel, with oak, vanilla and coconut on the nose. A bit of port wine and grapes in there, with hints of chocolate, molasses and roasted malt from the base beer. Really good.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely, with an accent on the bourbon over the port. Lots of barrel with vanilla, coconut, oak, with a touch of tart wine and dark grapes at the swallow. Just enough of the port to give it extra complexity. Big finish of bourbon barrel, oak, sweet vanilla and coconut, a touch of port and some roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate and molasses from the base beer all linger in very nice harmony. Very well balanced and incredibly flavorful. Doesn't get any better than this.

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: It's a complete toss up between this one and the regular bourbon Damon. They might be the best two BA stouts in the world as well. Loved every drop of this. The bourbon character is more prevalent than the port here, which suits my preferences for sure, though the wine does add another layer of complexity to the experience. The look and feel of this one resembles the bourbon variant more as well, which is world class for sure. Perhaps the best to date. Thanks again for bringing these Tommy, and cheers to everyone for a fun filled weekend.

05-10-2014 11:46:22 | More by Jeffo
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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.

04-05-2014 17:21:06 | More by GreesyFizeek
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-05-2014 01:44:52 | More by Dirtinabottle
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Damon (Double Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.