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Damon (Double Barrel Aged) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 324
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:
1 year in Port, 1 year in Van Winkle Bourbon.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-25-2013)
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Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of rudzud
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.

rudzud, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of nrs207
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

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.

nrs207, Sep 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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Photo of cfrances33
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

cfrances33, Aug 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

yourefragile, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

From notes. Drank next to bourbon Damon. Pour is black with chestnut reddish head. Nose has more bourbon and wood than bourbon Damon. More fudge and rich chocolate with a hint of astringency and some roasted malt behind. Taste is a bit sweeter and less bourbon notes. Fudgy malt with brown sugar and caramel, a bit sweet in the finish. Full bodied and softer carbonation with a lightly dry finish. After having port as well, this is my favorite but all are a bit too sweet.

cpetrone84, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damon trio. Thanks to ygtbsm94 for providing this awesome bottle.

The beer is dark brown with a faint hint of a brown collar. The aroma offers port, chocolate, red wine, oak. Delicious flavor. Complex and refined. Fantastic beer. Nearly absent carbonation, soft on the palate. A delightful beer to sip. What a treat.

Huhzubendah, Aug 09, 2014
Damon (Double Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.