Shaun B-day (Hill Farmstead 1st Anniversary) Imperial Stout | Mikkeller ApS

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Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Imperial Stout crafted especially by Mikkel Borg Bjergsø in honor of Hill Farmstead's inaugural year with Belgian Chocolate.

Added by Satchboogie on 05-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by brew3crew:
Photo of brew3crew
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-black body with tan head that quickly disapates

S-nice roasty malls that are very inviting

T-wow. Very good malt and chocolate? Taste. Maybe some nuts. Soothing and smooth and makes ne want to go back for more

M-medium body and smooth

O-very good. Glad to try it and would like to have more!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of spdyfire83
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

104th Review
Growler to Hill Farmstead it should be consumed.

From notes. Thanks to CharlieMurphy for sending this amongst other HF treats in a wonderful trade!

A: Deep brown. 1.5 (tan) fingernail head on medium pour. The growler is massive!

S: Loads of espresso, dark chocolate, and charred malt. Hint of molasses and oats.

T: Very roasty flavour with dark chocolate sweetness and balanced malt character. Nice presence of café and toffee that makes this beer quite enjoyable.

M: Medium to full-bodied with medium carbonation. Thin mouthfeel though.

O: Well-rounded and smooth. Easy to drink and an excellent "Happy Birthday" beer for a great up-and-coming brewery!

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, dark brown in color, clear

Smell: chocolate, molasses, and cream

Taste: sweet cream and dark coffee dominate, some dark chocolate, floral hops, caramel, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, sweet start with a creamy middle, and a bitter dark coffee finish

Overall: This beer is super complex. So many different flavors are going on here. I am glad I got a growler of this. I could drink it all day. It drinks like a fine and complex black ipa.

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Photo of Aberration
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Armsby Abbey

Pitch black pour, mocha colored head that persisted for a while. Pretty good legs on this one too.

Smells of dark roasted malts and a hint of coffee, very inviting and not overpowering.

Tasted liked it smelled. Great malt notes with a hint of roasted coffee in the back. Great aftertaste to boot! This beer got even better as it warmed and stayed smooth throughout. Bitter, chocolate notes, coffee notes, roasted notes. Intoxicating in more than one way, that's for sure.

Mouthfeel was standard imperial stout. Thick and creamy. Not unpleasant at all, but nothing exceptional here.

Overall an awesome beer, I'm glad I got to try this collaboration and I'm strongly considering going back for some more!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml flip-top growler into a couple of Hill Farmstead stemmed Belgian-style glass.

Pours a dense black in the glass, topped with a thick finger of dark mocha colored head. This mostly retains with some frothy bunching around the edges and leaving a cascade of heavy lacing back that settles into some thick swathes on the sides of glass. The aroma is mostly dripping with rich chocolate flavors but this is still well backed by notes of roasted coffee and green citric hops. As this warms, alcohol sweetness and spice join the part to add a little more character to the nose. This has a nice fullness to it in the nostrils.

The taste mirrors the aroma, with a thick and sugary chocolate malt profile that is nicely complimented by an equally dense wave of crunchy roast and some green citric hop bitterness. The hops are what probably lingers the most in the finish, with dry bitter rind that mingle with alcohol notes of warmth and spiciness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a prickly feel initially up front that then gets much more thick and chewy along the back. The high alcohol is hid VERY well here; with the ABV giving this some needed added complexity to the profiles yet isn’t overly warm or stinging in any way. This has a great feel for a big Stout.

This was a pretty straightforward take on an Imperialized Chocolate Stout but I did like the little something extra that those Belgian chocolates and higher ABV contributed to this, adding a bit of extra complexity that was needed to keep things interesting. Not a bad beer at all to toast the 1st Anniversary of Hill Farmstead with. Here’s to many more!

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Photo of lalaloveyou
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

2.81/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2L growler fill at the brewery. Per the guy filling the growler, this beer was brewed by Mikkel and shipped with a note saying "Happy Birthday."

Growler to tulip. Sampled 8/2/11.

A: Two fingers of medium dark, mocha colored head on the pour. Creamy and very compact with good retention, eventually fading into a collar of bubbles. The body is as black as black gets. Lacing is good.

S: Very dark and bitter chocolate dominates the aroma but coffee is not far behind. Heavily roasted. Notes of shoe leather mix with earthy soil. Maybe some oak, but I'm not sure. A light scent of smoke and charcoal round out the robust nose.

T: The taste mimics the nose but adds an unpleasant saltiness that makes it difficult to enjoy the entire glass, although I found the first few sips to be pleasant. The alcohol is clean and well integrated but drinks a little higher than the 9.5% indicated here. (My guess was 10.5%) The prominence of the alcohol increases as the beer comes to room temperature.

M: Slick, silky and creamy but thinner than expected. The body does improve, albeit marginally, the longer the glass sits. Lightly chalky on the finish. A gentle carbonation works to this brew's disadvantage.

O: I wasn't very impressed with this beer although I am happy to have tried it. Just couldn't get past the saltiness personally...

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Photo of JoshVandy
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken on July 31, 2011.

750mL swing-top growler into a Hill Farmstead long stemmed tulip.

A- Pours a deep, dark brown with about a 1 finger dark tan/mocha colored head that dies down after a while. Great lacing and retention.

S- Decedent chocolate notes, followed by a great malt intensity. Some subtle vanilla and dark fruit as well.

T- Rich chocolate, with a sweet and bitter characteristic. Then the Malts hit with some toasty force, followed by some subtle dark fruit. Fairly well done.

M- Full bodied, with low carbonation. Coats the mouth with rich, creamy texture.

O- Pretty impressed with this. Probably could have used a little more carbonation, as getting through more than 10-12oz. would be a chore.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rpstevens
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hill Farmstead Anniversary Celebration. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a very, very dark brown color bordering on black with a good mocha head and a nice collar throughout. The nose carries loads of chocolate plus a bit of roast. There's some coffee in there as well. The flavor is fairly sweet and is overloaded with chocolate, mostly of the darker variety. Slight roast presence in the background throughout, and also a bit of sweetness. Some espresso and accompanying crema as well, which makes for a delightful full-bodied mouthfeel. Average carbonation. Really a tasty brew all around.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Pitch black beer, med dark creamy 1 finger head fades slowly with lacing.

Nose loaded with chocolate, Belgian fluffy choc, bit of dark, cocoa, choc syrup, then some light roast and even a hint of smoke, creamy malts, bit luscious and oats.

Taste starts with various dark malts, bit of smoke, bit of roast, chocolate, luscious oats, creamy, also lots of chocolate again, cocoas nibs, milk choc, dark choc, Belgian creamy choc, caramel, some warming booze, dry biter black patent like roast and light spicy hops, bit of chewy hops as well. Finishes dry with a sticky luscious mouth, very bitter with more spicy earthy hops and bitter roasted malts.

Mouth is heavy, luscious, creamy, bit of warming booze and decent carb.

Overall good, nice choc, dark malts, good bitterness esp the finish, creamy.

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One more beer brought back by Sean.

A - Dark brown beer, almost black, with a decent mocha head that came to a solid ring.

S - Lots of chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee, smells very dark.

T - Dark chocolate, fairly sweet, some coffee, and something that reminds me of anise or licorice. Doesn't have the usual Mikkeller char that I've come to expect from Mikkeller beers, maybe that's the Hill Farmstead influence.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy.

O - Good, but not great. This was a nice international collaberation that I was happy to try, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this one out, although I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of 321jeff
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler provided by Michael, thanks!

Pours a deep dark brown with lots of chocolate brown head that fades to a thin layer and leaves some decent lacing.

Aroma is lots of chocolate, real chocolate, not some powdery stuff or "chocolate malt" that appears in other chocolate stouts. Some roast in there as well.

Taste is the same, lots of rich dark chocolate with some sweetness as well. Finish is dry like a good dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style but the carbonation is average and the finish is similar to that of eating a piece of dark chocolate. Probably the first "real" chocolate stout I can think of. The chocolate comes through in a big way and is very enjoyable, well done.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


750ml growler poured into a snifter

A: Black with a big light brown head.

S: Nutty with black strap molasses and a little coffee. Moderate roasted malt character with aromatic dark chocolate. Light smoke presence.

T: Chocolate with a little smoke. Prominent molasses with a moderate roasted malt profile. Light earthy bitterness with just a dash of nuttiness. Alcohol is well hidden. The Belgian chocolate profile is nice.

M: Full body with lower moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is chewy, thick, and sticky.

Overall: A nice Imperial Stout from Mikkeller. Congratulations to Hill Farmstead on their first year in business. I wish them many years of success and I wish they were in San Diego.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Generously hooked up from my buddy Tucker.

Pours an opaque black. The head was a mocha tan. Smell consisted of dark fruit, burnt sugar and alcohol. Taste was of english toffee that gave way to coffee notes. Not thin. Medium to full body mouthfeel. Holy shit good.

My buddy and I weren't expecting much, but this beer was center stage. There is no encore because this was the whole f'n show. I am currently requesting more.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of seeswo
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a sizeable tan head. The nose is dominated by roasted malts and coffee. Smells very nice and dry. The taste is the perfect dryish imperial stout from a Euro brewer - dry, but not too much so. Roasted malt, a bit of coffee and some chocolate. Very good balance. Good mouthfeel. Overall, this beer was a nice surprise. Almost reserved and easily drinkable. Definite winner.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey,

Thick black pour with a small brown head. Laces sown the glass nicely. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Very dense and appealing. Wow the taste is full of chocolate. Dark decedent chocolate from start to almost the finish. The very end brings out some coffee and roasted malts. Balanced, but chocolate focused for sure. Thick and full, rich and nicely carbonated. Dry finish and no hint of booze. Thought this was very good. Not as chocolatey as St Mokah, but a nice balance is struck between the sweet chocolate and the dry coffee. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Bowling ball black. Creamy, cascading head is a deep tan color and lingers for an eternity, leaving thick sheets of lace throughout the drink. The thickness of the foam is almost like pancake batter.

S – Soft medium roast is a backbone for mocha, cream, a hint of raisin, and bourbon.

T – Opens incredibly soft with rolling porridge, cream, and roasted oats. A boozy tingle warms the palate in the center, rising though the roast to tease out brighter spices from the grain bill, like cinnamon and grains of paradise. A light, dry smoke adds a nice complexity to the mix. Sharp acidity and dark cocoa powder balance the finish.

M – Medium/full body is round and smooth with a lightly dry finish.

O – A fantastic brew. Delcious.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler as a present for my birthday. Thanks!!!

Pours a dark dark brown. Lots of nice tan head. Looks very stouty. Smells roasty and rich, lot of roasty charcteristics. Tastes really roasty. Lots of nice rich chocolate. Really enjoyable. The roasty Character has just enough sweetness to be really enjoyable. Nice mouthfeel. Really solid :)

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Photo of Sean9689
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hill Farmstead and 750ml growler.

A - Pours black, big bubbles, thick collar, spotty lacing.

S - Big chocolate, roast, some char, dark chocolate bitterness. This one is pretty big on the chocolate and let's you know right away.

T - Again, big dark chocolate, roast, oak. The bitter roasty char notes are slightly off-putting on the finish. I wish there was more sweet chocolate to counter-act this.

M - Body is full, rich, good carbonation, with a creamy finish.

O - A solid Double/Imperial Stout, but it didn't blow me away. You know what you're getting with this one, as advertised, big on the chocolate. Very glad I was able to try this one.

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Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey's 3 year anniversary event on 8/24.

A - Pours an oily black with a gorgeous mocha head.

S - Very, very nice roasted notes and rich chocolate. Super creamy aroma, super luscious and decadent with a light oat finish.

T - Amped up nose. Super delicious roasted qualities x100. So, so much chocolate too. Creamy, dark, milk, whipped, bakers, the whole gambit. Little bit of hops.

M - Smooth, creamy, silky luscious. Somewhat boozy, but good.

O - Overall, another beer I Loved this night. Rich chocolate, dark roasty malts, and creamy. Quite delicious.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler thanks to Tucker, shared with Jeff and Adam.

Pours a dark, foreboding milk chocolate color with a large, dense mocha head. Thick lace covers the glass as the head fades to a frothy cap. Aroma is a rich blend of real cocoa powder and dark, bitter chocolate with a strong roast coffee layer. Flavor is similar to nose, dominated by a slightly bitter dark chocolate which persists long into the finish. The roast and coffee are lighter and there is also a touch of dark fruit. Body is slightly thin for the style, but otherwise there are no complaints here. I typically don't like chocolate beers (regardless of style) but this is one of my favorites lately.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tiny snifter. Beer is black / dark brown with a wispy tan head of tiny bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation, low retention, looks fine.

Aroma is sweet with a mild roast, some alcohol, some chocolate, nice.

Beer is thinner than I expected but packed with flavor, nice sweetness up front from some malt, some alcohol, nice bitterness from some chocolate, mild roast, a nice little beer, I'd have more.

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