Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.14 | pDev: 8.7%
Mar 22, 2021
Feb 05, 2014
Notes: Daybreak aged in Grand Marnier barrels.
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3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

Shared 375 ml bottle at local tasting. Pitch black colour, low tan head. Nice roasty aroma, notes of molasses, coffee and liquorice, also plenty of oak and orange liqueur The flavour is not too sweet, roasty coffee notes, discrete hints of orange in the background.

Mar 22, 2021
4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Jul 06, 2019
4.1 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Dec 02, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by SABERG from Massachusetts

Poured from a 375 ml bottle dated 1/2014 into the test glass
A - the color of shaved bakers chocolate, a very thin mocha colored cap can be coaxed, Carbonation is hiding, delivers a rising patterns on the surface.
S - Initial touch is of sweet orange with vanilla. Add a few minutes and a few degrees in temperature, roasted malts, Madagascar chocolate, all ride on a subtle oak carpet, there is a bit of char, with more refined citrus reduction.
T - Complex, the base stout is robust, lots of dark cocoa, some oak, a bit of cigar wrap tobacco, then the citrus cordial element adds a superb aspect. Dark chocolate drizzled with spritzed with orange liquor
M - Slick feel never lets up, hefty body, carbonation has a fighting chance and loses in the end. The finish dries out a bit, the linger is luxurious.
O - A treat for sure, this offering pushes several bounds, sweet citrus touch, roasty, refined, all on display. exceptionally well crafted and something to rejoice in if the chance arises.
Well done indeed

Jun 17, 2018
4.49 by Samact from Vermont on Sep 02, 2017
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4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by GuitarIPA from Connecticut

wow - on tap at Hill Farmstead - rich, chocolatey- but not overly sweet despite orange liqueur barrels (I find things like Drambue cloyingly sweet) - thick, chocolatey milk shake feel. Would love to try this at room temp.

Aug 03, 2017
4.67 by tylerk88 from Massachusetts on Jul 25, 2017
4.25 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Jun 16, 2017
4.8 by whitenads from Michigan on Mar 17, 2017
4.64 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina on Mar 09, 2017
4.15 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Feb 20, 2017
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4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BoldRulerVT from Vermont

Poured from the bottle into stemmed wine glass at the Hill Farmstead tasting room on 12/15/16.
Pours near jet black with a very thin layer of deep caramel colored bubbly head.
Aromas are deep roasted malt with hints of liquor and citrus.
Flavors are wonderful a perfect mix of deep roasted malt and light bitterness mixed with the sweetness of mellow orange and liquor.
Mouthfeel was excellent and perfectly drinkable.
I feel very lucky to have been able to enjoy this yesterday.

Dec 16, 2016
4.66 by edthehead from New York on Dec 10, 2016
4.5 by t2grogan from Arizona on Oct 02, 2016
4.29 by AMCimpi from New York on Sep 13, 2016
3.99 by jason3125 from Vermont on May 26, 2016
3.43 by thatoneguymike from Georgia on Apr 24, 2016
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

huge thanks to claystation for procuring this special rarity. it easily lived up to the hype and anticipation, and then some. this is an imperial stout with citrus, aged in grand marnier barrels, collaboration between hill farmstead and mikkeller, two of the very very best. its got more life to it than expected for its age, thick and dense and shiny black, regal and scary looking at the same time, with some patchy mocha colored bubbles along the edges of the glass and a thin film the same color resting patiently on top. it smells like orange peel, but sort of burnt or something, like a charred orange dessert. the base stout smells huge, boozy and sweet with layers of black barley and coffee and molasses. maybe a hint of the grand marnier sweetness, but its not over the top in the aroma by any means. in the taste, the layers of the stout present themselves one after the next. espresso bitterness is there, accentuated by the citrus peel. raisin and molasses sweetness in the middle. shoe polish black intensity in the finish, with some integration brought on by the oak, but still a nice striation of layers here. coffee notes for sure later on. the barrel treatment is unique, it adds a nice cordial sort of feel to this, short of gelatinous, but moving in that direction. rich but not too sweet in the end, bitter, and finally pulpy and fresh like the flesh of a navel orange. mild acidity flatters it i think, and enough carbonation hangs on to keep it alive. there is a yeast flavor in here that might go unnoticed by many, but i really like the flavor of it, and it keeps the base beer tasting authentic and rustic to me, which being such an innovative beer. nothing like this one the market, an exquisite treat. one of my favorite beers of the year so far!

Apr 16, 2016
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by notchucknorris from California

01/2014 Bottle

A: Pours pitch black with a thin mocha colored head that settles down to a fine ring pretty quickly.

S: When it's cold, you get pretty much nothing but dark, delicious stout notes in the aroma. Char, wet earth, tons of dark chocolate and dark chocolate covered cherry, roasted malt and molasses. As it warms though, you start to pick up more of the spicy, fruity liquor barrel notes. Marzipan, some light orange zest and a little touch of booze. I never had the chance to try this fresh, so I'm guessing the Grand Marnier stood out a lot more when this was fresh. Still smells awesome now.

T: Just a huge barrage of dark chocolate, dark fruit, pomegranate, molasses, chocolate covered cherry, raisin and cranberry and some light charred barrel and just a hint of chocolate orange on the finish. Leaves a lingering heavy dryness with the taste of bittersweet chocolate on your tongue. The mouthfeel is lighter than I was expecting, but lush and silky. Leaves you wanting a lot more with each sip. Again, would love to see what this was like fresh because I didn't pick up a ton of citrus, but this was still amazing.

Jul 15, 2015
4.11 by peensteen from Canada (ON) on Jun 29, 2015
4.03 by liamt07 from Canada (ON) on Jun 25, 2015
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bung from Michigan

Mikkeler bar in Copenhagen. Recommended from the bartender that night. Surprised how well this concept works.

Jun 15, 2015
3.94 by tectactoe from Michigan on May 11, 2015
4.28 by unclejazz from New York on May 07, 2015
4.78 by Davelucas88 from Delaware on Apr 04, 2015
4.22 by Onestophopshop from New Jersey on Feb 12, 2015
4.25 by gr8zehaman from North Carolina on Feb 11, 2015
4.24 by Irishace9 from Illinois on Jan 31, 2015
4.21 by MisfitIK-9 from Connecticut on Jan 21, 2015
4.34 by arusso13 from Connecticut on Jan 18, 2015
3.79 by kiki3drt292 from California on Jan 07, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

375ml bottle poured into tulip 2/1/15 cheers kumatmebrew for the bottle

A black liquid with a thin cola edge, a thumbs width of dense mocha foam has decent retention leaving a single ring of lace

S the barrel plays a big role almost leaving you with a woody Terry's chocolate orange, bakers chocolate, a little coffee, some char, and plenty of citrus

T woody char, burnt coffee, the GM barrel comes out pretty strong, a little booze and a fair amount of bakers chocolate

M silky but not as thick as expected, enough bubbles to give it some life, very bitter, chocolate orange and char on the finish

O interesting barrel choice for a big stout but it works fairly well, lots of dark malt mixing well with everything else going on

I could drink another bottle, something different and worth a try no doubt

Jan 03, 2015
4.33 by blackcloud from Alaska on Dec 30, 2014
4.12 by Benesi88 from Massachusetts on Dec 27, 2014
4 by DCLAguy11 from California on Dec 14, 2014
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4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Ohiovania from Ohio

The citrus reminds me a lot of a hopped imperial stout without the ibu's. Interesting take on this one. Not itching to get another bottle but a really enjoyable Double.

Dec 14, 2014
4 by emottram from Massachusetts on Dec 06, 2014
3.75 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Dec 05, 2014
3.75 by oline73 from Maryland on Dec 05, 2014
4.31 by SierraJosh from California on Nov 28, 2014
Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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