Damon (Double Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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

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99
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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 339
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

1 year in Port, 1 year in Van Winkle Bourbon.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-25-2013)
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4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Ok, so I held onto this long enough. Bought this bottle at the release in September on my first ever trip to Hill Farmstead. Bottle is dated 5/2013. Poured into a stemmed Hill Farmstead glass.

A) Jet black with no head and no carbonation whatsoever. Obviously this comes to no surprise , after all we're talking about a brew that had needed over 2 years before it was put in a bottle.

S) WOW. You get the bourbon and the wine, a slight edge to the wine. The booziness of both port and bourbon are there too.

T) OK, I'm a novice at this but I'll do my best. The bourbon hits first with vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and oak. Next you get the port which when blended with the bourbon gets a bit of raspberry/wine combo, this aspect seems to really shine as it warms. Quite exquisite and surprising. The booze is still prevalent here too.

M) Not overly thick, but a nice coating as I sip. It allows for the flavors to linger between sips (which is nice since I'm nursing this puppy).

O) Hands down one of the amazing beers I've ever had the privilege to try. Super complex and something that will be hard to beat.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Double Barrel Damon from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro, Vermont. This Russian Imperial Stout is a blend of Damon aged one year in port barrels and one year in van winkle whiskey barrels.

Score: 99

2013 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead bulb glass and enjoyed on 02/22/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark, rich syrup color that is almost black in color with some bubbles that quickly and completely dissipate. No head really, nor any lacing. There is a nice browning to the sides of the glass from swirling with solid legs too. 4.5/5

Smell: Hot fudge, dark chocolate, bourbon, and light vanilla, with the port character beginning to come through as it begins to breath. A kiss of a generic hop aroma too. So much chocolate/fudge, which only amplifies as it warms. I could smell this beer all day! 5/5

Taste: Port and sweetness upfront following by a fudgey bourbon finish and a mild bitterness that cuts through the upfront sweetness. The fudgey finish is long lasting, and intensifies as it warms up. Caramel, molasses, vanilla and a hint of fruit too. Near-perfect mix of bourbon and port and chocolate here. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, minimal carbonation. Full/full-medium bodied; amply thick, but not the most viscous stout that I have encountered. Dry finish. Great balance of sweet and bitter characters here. 4.5/5

Overall: Masterfully blended! I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this, considering that I was not a big fan of Port Damon. The bourbon and port characteristics mingle nicely, with chocolate notes for days. The bitterness on the finish imparted a nice balance, and made it all too drinkable. All-in-all, this beer took a personal favorite (bourbon Damon) to a whole new level of excellence. This one is absolutely worth seeking out!

Cost: $35 for a 375 ml bottle.

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Damon (Double Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.