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Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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26 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Added by ThatsThatDude on 02-05-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
210
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
25.88%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
19
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 210
Reviews by alaimoa:
Photo of alaimoa
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Photo of Jeffo
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tectactoe
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 77apm
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of doremite
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of 4nimal
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. Only some faint citrus characteristics and some generic fruitiness. I wouldn’t have guessed it was brewed with oranges or even that it was barrel aged. Not bad in any way but felt more like a generic imperial stout.

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Photo of blabaer
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very inky black. Impenetrably dark. Small khaki head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Intense roasted malt. Oak. Lots of both. Not an intense amount of citrus, but it's there.

Taste - Again, intensely roasty. Bright orange flavor. Gets extremely oaky without any abatement in the roast. Dry ashy finish. Funny fruity finish.

Mouthfeel - Abrasive. Very bitter. Very roasty. Medium body.

Overall - It's a shame. The concept seemed so good and the original beer was so good, but this isn't working so well.

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Photo of gr8zehaman
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevincredible
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Kmlund
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of MichaelLamb
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of sfr26
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Bung
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of tourdot
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rjp217
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.
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