Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
4.16 | pDev: 8.65%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Daybreak aged in Grand Marnier barrels.
Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 224 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by MisfitIK-9:
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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from jbeatty a while back. Cheers man!

From a 37,5 into a snifter
Bottled January 2014

APPEARANCE: An opaque black pour yields a two finger, medium-thick, creamy, light mocha head with great retention. Pitch black body and basically no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full, creamy wisp. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Classic HF stout look. Excellent.

SMELL: The orange liquor is there for sure. Citrus, dark chocolate and some roasted and black malts are there. A little milder in the aroma, however. Some coffee under the oak and orange liquor barrels. Interesting, though a touch milder than hoped.

TASTE: The oak and orange liquor is there up front again with a bit of a roasted and chocolate base. Citrus from the orange is there still too, but rather faint at this point. Flavor comes out more after the swallow with more base stout. A punch of orange liquor gives way to a big and lingering aftertaste of burnt and roasted malts, bitter coffee and dark chocolate, a hint of oak and some vanilla sweet cream. The orange plays a small roll in the finish but it quite interesting up front. Fun stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch and finishes somewhat sticky on the palate. Some heat lingers, but not much. Could be fuller and creamier for the style, but still good stuff.

OVERALL: Really good with a very interesting orange liquor barrel. The first of its kind, as far as I know. Though it's somewhat mild, that's probably a good thing, as it allows the big and flavorful base stout, which is excellent in its own right, to shine though. Really fun beer that I enjoyed more than the scores indicate. Thanks again jbeatty. Always a pleasure.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of lunarbrew
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a tasting on Thursday, poured into a Voodoo chalice.

Pours dark, smooth, and medium viscosity (for a stout). Slick looking beer with little head or lacing.

Smells faint orange ride and a tad liqueur sweet. There is a mellow roastiness and a decent amount of complexity. Dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, oranges, and a hint of vanilla slowly creep from the glass. As it warms the flavors intensify and some slight oxidation comes out, which is very nice.

Flavor is interesting and complex. I found that cold, the beer is a little muddled and overly-simple. However, as the beer warms it really comes to life. With warmth, the orange is present along with a decent sweetness, some booze, a faint oxidation, and some woodiness. I taste a little roast and a lot of sweet malt. If you're expecting an orange bomb, this isn't your beer. There is orange, but it is very much a liqueur flavor. More than anything, the orange barrel is used as a tool to heighten the complexity of the beer. It is not a gimmick. In technique alone, this beer is world-class.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied (a bit too light), smooth, and pretty sticky. There is low carbonation, which I appreciate here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. I can already foresee some advocates' criticisms of a weak orange flavor, but I think this was intentional. I personally believe the barrel was used in a very technical way. Daybreak is not meant to overwhelm your palate, but instead provide a nuanced and unique drinking experience. IMO, this beer far exceeds bourbon damon, and gives HFs other stouts a run for their money. Most importantly, the mouthfeel of Daybreak is quite good, which has always been my problem with Shaun's stouts.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured cold into the hill farm glassware.
Pours jet black but lace lacks a bit. Not much to speak of likely due to barrel aging.
Smell is bourbon chocolate with a hint if the orange liquor in the background.
Taste follows the nose with a great roasty bourbon and chocolate and no overpowering sweetness. Runs a bit hot on the back end but will likely smooth over some cellaring. Feel is thick and coating. Not too sticky with a dry yet good aftertaste

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GuitarIPA
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 224 ratings