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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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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 339
Gots: 28 | FT: 4
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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POTABLE83, Feb 17, 2014
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4.96/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

SadMachine, Feb 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Bockerdoppel91, Feb 01, 2014
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facesnorth, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

montrealbcr89, Jan 16, 2014
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baybum, Jan 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

HoppyKilaMonster, Dec 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Mark000, Dec 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

HugeBulge, Dec 24, 2013
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4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into HF oversized wine glass. Thanks Don (DonFrap) for sharing during our big Damon tasting.

A- Pours a dark black, some slight bubbles but not really any head, not much carbonation, some slight alcohol legs.

S- Nice balance between port and bourbon, fudge, dark chocolate, decent amount of oak, slight booze, light dark fruits. Awesome complexity, great balance, fairly aromatic. The barrels balance phenomenally while still letting the base beer come through despite the extended aging.

T- Nice chocolate fudge from the base beer meshes with dark fruits, silky chocolate, nice oak presence, port, with waves of bourbon, vanilla, and oak coming through. Phenomenal balance, awesome barrel presence, overall fantastic and better then its components.

M- A little bit on the thicker side, velvety, slightly creamy, not much carb but perfect for style- not slightly overcarbed like port barrel was, very smooth.

O- This beer was fantastic and I definitely preferred this over port, Damon b2, or Damon b1. The balance was phenomenal and I loved how both the barrels added their unique presence while still letting the base beer come through. The only downside of this beer is that there were only 191 bottles made, it's definitely worth waiting another two years for though.

jaasen64, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

seeswo, Dec 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

rjm0715, Dec 07, 2013
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4.86/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a HF oversized wineglass.

A: Pours a deep, dark nearly black shade, with hints of ruby as the light catches the edge of the glass.

S: Very nice port/sherry character, chocolate, burnt sugar, perhaps a touch of fig.

T: Port barrel shines through on the first sip. Light coffee and chocolate. Caramel and vanilla notes, a touch of alcohol and then a lingering sweetness. As it warms, the coffee and chocolate open up, the port fades slightly and light bourbon notes are apparent.

M: Viscous. Thick and sticky. Lightly carbonated. Decadent.

O: Just a phenomenal beer. The port character really shines in this beer. Very different from bourbon Damon. Really glad to tick this one.

vonnegut21, Nov 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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Damon (Double Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.