Birth Of Tragedy: Kochere | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We have chosen two barrels of Birth of Tragedy as the base for this single origin coffee experiment. After aging for 20 months in apple brandy barrels, we conditioned the beer atop Ethiopian Kochere coffee beans sourced and roasted by The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen, Denmark. These friends long ago changed our worldview as to what coffee could be. After months of bottle conditioning, the beer is ready for release.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-25-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
6
Ratings:
47
pDev:
5.63%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
5
Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +8.2%
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.82/5  rDev +4.3%
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4.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.84/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.74/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.42/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle, bottled Nov. 2016, poured into an oversized Hill Farmstead wine glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, cola brown hues, very opaque and thick with a bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass, a thin but firm khaki head rises with good retention and spots of lace. The aroma is stunning, chocolate leaps from the glass, smooth coffee, apple brandy barrel is wonderful, adds a bit of acidity that helps balance this beer, offers some fruit, some oak, honey, dark grain, a bit of stone fruit and a hint of booze. The flavors are great, so balanced but so expressive, tons of chocolate, apple brandy barrel, a hint of charred oak, smooth liqueur, stone fruits, fruit forward coffee, a hint of acidity with lingering grain and a touch of sweet honey. The mouthfeel is perfect, thick full body, a nice prickly of lively carbonation props up the beer with a coating, full finish and a touch o warmth.

Verdict: A stunning beer from Hill Farmstead. Excellent Apple Brandy expression with beautiful coffee and chocolate flavors that are so balanced and bring out some nice complex layers. So drinkable, so rich and decadent, just an awesome beer.

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3.9/5  rDev -15.6%
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375 mL bottle. Jet black. Almost no head. Smells of strong apple brandy. Rich chocolate. Booze. Tastes of sweet chocolate. A hint of coffee. Less of the apple brandy here, but there's a tinge of sharp fruitiness. Tingly alcohol. Big and very sweet. I like this better than regular Birth, but it's really sugary.

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Birth Of Tragedy: Kochere from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.62 out of 5 with 47 ratings