Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged)Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged)
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223 Ratings
Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged)Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Daybreak aged in Grand Marnier barrels.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
223
pDev:
8.7%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
18
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 223 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of ScottP
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SABERG
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of Samact
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GuitarIPA
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tylerk88
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whitenads
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of edthehead
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AMCimpi
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jason3125
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bung
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of tectactoe
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of unclejazz
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davelucas88
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Onestophopshop
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gr8zehaman
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 223 ratings