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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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BA SCORE
98
world-class

87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 302
Gots: 28 | 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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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

05-18-2014 20:58:52 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -11.7%

05-18-2014 13:08:38 | More by acurtis
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 19:34:45 | More by jlindros
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

10-15-2013 22:14:19 | More by Rochefort10nh
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

08-24-2013 22:07:07 | More by yourefragile
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zestar

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

10-12-2013 22:32:47 | More by zestar
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-31-2014 14:27:25 | More by drummermattie02
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 03:57:03 | More by Alieniloquium
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.4%

10-23-2013 17:30:22 | More by iL0VEbeer
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chippo33

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

10-11-2013 14:30:03 | More by chippo33
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

04-26-2014 12:32:53 | More by Cynic-ale
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illidurit

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

10-23-2013 03:34:27 | More by illidurit
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with Ricky and JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice super dark brown nearly black hue with no head at all, super crazy legs that stain the glass a thick brown.

S - Aromas of chocolate, soft bourbon, and faint alcohol. No port though.

T - Taste is port right off the bat, followed by chocolate rich and deep, then bourbon. Nice sweet vanilla bourbon finish. Chocolate lingers after the bourbon, light faint roasted makes, tons of chocolate through out, tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, not quite as silky as I'd like, somewhat watery. Boozy too.

O - Overall this beer was very nice, I think I preferred fresh 2011 Damon much, much better. Still though, a damn tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 23:18:01 | More by rudzud
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-15-2013 03:28:05 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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kscaldef

Oregon

3/5  rDev -33.8%

11-11-2013 01:22:30 | More by kscaldef
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

03-24-2014 15:42:46 | More by BMart
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

09-27-2013 02:57:30 | More by tom10101
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

01-05-2014 04:47:48 | More by thegerm87
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

07-01-2014 22:58:20 | More by ncaudle
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

09-23-2013 01:33:33 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2014 11:46:22 | More by Jeffo
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seeswo

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

12-08-2013 04:04:37 | More by seeswo
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jegross2

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%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

4.96/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes from 12/31/13

A- Pours a thick, viscous black with almost no head whatsoever, but that's expected with this spending 2 years in barrels! Nice alcohol legs when swirled.

S- Wow, the aroma is incredibly broad and deep! The bourbon is in charge at first, with oak, char, molasses, honey, and vanilla. This is followed by red wine, burnt sugar, coffee, and a mild tartness. Though I'm tipsy right now, I feel this aroma is perfect!

T- This tastes very similar to the nose, though there's significantly more roast/coffee than expected. This is a super complex and delicious brew! Sweet and chocolaty at first, followed by, coffee, oak, dry red wine, tart and sweet cherry and raspberry. There is also some moderate warming booze. The chocolate is both bitter (like baker's) and sweet (like dark raspberry chocolate). Honestly, if I wasn't tipsy I would expound, but this is incredible, and I just want to drink it!

M- The mouth feel is thick, creamy, and velvety smooth. Amazing!

O- This is the best stout, and probably the best beer I've ever had! So complex, yet perfectly balanced!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 00:46:07 | More by SadMachine
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Damon (Double Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.