Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

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
Ratings:
219
Reviews:
27
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
18
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 219 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by jaasen64:
Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into stemmed HF glass. Bottle split two ways.

A- pours an opaque black, a thin mocha head forms that has a fitting slight orange hue and recedes to just a thin ring along the sides. Looks great but could use a little bit more head.

S- Orange liquor comes out fairly noticeably giving a slight candied orange smell, orange balanced with a nice roast, slight dark chocolate, and a decent malt profile. Fairly aromatic, nicely balanced, and well done for what it is.

T- Creamy dark chocolate, fairly light orange profile, decent roast coming out more on the finish with a orange liquor presence. Decent overall stout. Orange liquor adds a subtle but unique balance however not a huge fan of its presence overall, instead of a fresh fruit presence it's a little bit more of a candied orange presence however I really like how it balances with the roast.

M- Very slick, fairly light for a 10% barrel-aged stout, very little carbonation, could use a little bit more body.

O- This was well done for what it is and makes use of a barrel that isn't commonly used much with beers. I liked how all the flavors balanced but I wouldn't say this is my favorite flavor profile in a HF beer. It's been a little while since I had the original Daybreak so its hard for me to compare, however from what I can remember this is fairly similar with maybe slightly more roast and more of an orange liquor presence on the finish and nose. This is definitely worth trying however I wasn't quite as blown away as I am with a lot of other HF beers.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
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 -6.1%

Photo of tectactoe
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 77apm
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of doremite
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of 4nimal
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -6.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3/5  rDev -29.6%
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 -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevincredible
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MichaelLamb
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of sfr26
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Bung
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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 innuendobrewskiman63
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.26 out of 5 based on 219 ratings.
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