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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
99
world-class

103 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 103
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 Jeffo
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.

Jeffo, May 10, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

GreesyFizeek, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of seeswo
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

seeswo, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of vonnegut21
4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
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
Photo of jegross2
5/5  rDev +10.4%

jegross2, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -11.7%

dfhhead25, May 23, 2014
Photo of baybum
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

baybum, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

portia99, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of jaasen64
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
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
Photo of CTJman
5/5  rDev +10.4%

CTJman, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of ThatsThatDude
2.5/5  rDev -44.8%

ThatsThatDude, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of polishkaz
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

polishkaz, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of dunix
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

dunix, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of facesnorth
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

facesnorth, Jan 24, 2014
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
Photo of shehateme
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

shehateme, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of monitorpop
5/5  rDev +10.4%

monitorpop, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of starrdogg
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

starrdogg, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of FrankHammer
5/5  rDev +10.4%

FrankHammer, Jul 24, 2014
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
Photo of scotv
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

scotv, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of dkw0063
5/5  rDev +10.4%

dkw0063, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of POTABLE83
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

POTABLE83, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

jayhunter357, Sep 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Hophead717, Sep 27, 2013
Damon (Double Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.