Daybreak | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout brewed with Citrus at Hill Farmstead Brewery with the company, hardwork, and input of our good friend Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller.

Added by bark on 09-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 4/8/2014. Bottled January 2014 and poured into a HF tulip.

A - Pitch black in color. This beer pours with a gloss that provides a lovely orange/brown hue around the edge of the glass. A whispy white head evaporates almost immediately. A wonderful looking beer.

O - Malt malt and more malt. I am immediately reminded of Edward (the only other dark beer I have had from HF) perhaps because the malt aroma is frank and pure. I get some liquor and barrel following, and some minor citrus at the fair end. A bit more coffee as it warms.

T - Malt, coffee, and a bit of liqour up front. The barrel really lingers, and presents a warming orange at the finish. When cool, the alcohol is well hidden; as it warms you get much more of the barrel presence. Still, it's a surprisingly mild beer, and when its cool the ease of drinking is marvelous.

M - Silken. Just extremely pleasant. I definitely enjoyed it a bit more when cold, as its surprisingly light on the tongue while remaining oily and bold (kind of like a nice rich cup of coffee). Once warmed, it drinks more like a watered down BA stout, though still enjoyable.

O - I wish this came in a bigger bottle. Only after finishing my share could I start to feel much of the alcohol, though at 10.5% its probably best savored in that fashion. A wonderful sipper which begs you do gulp it down. Another wonderful beer from Hill Farmstead. Who would have guessed!?

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Emma for sharing this.

January 2014 date on the label.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle to four glasses for the tasting with a pitch black body. Light mocha tan head forms to about a finger even on a small pour with a frothy texture. Head retention is decent as it falls to a small ring leaving spotty lace as well as a few patches.

S- Deep roast malts make up basically the entire nose of the brew for me. Dark roast maltiness, dark bitter cocoa powder, toasted oats, cereal grains and a tiny bit of an ashy burnt quality. Fair amount of hops and citrus round it all out, not sure if all of that comes from the citrus but it is nice and fresh feeling.

T- Follows the nose with a great base Imperial Stout. Roast and toast qualities really come out in all capacities with a breadth of flavors coming to mind. Notes of charred dark grains, cereal, toasted oats, rich dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, licorice and caramel. The citrus is trumped by the roast grains at first but starts to open more and more with warmth and it really adds a new dimension to stouts for me. Citrus zest oil hits the palate in the finish and compliments the deep roast grains. Slight liqueur edge that opens a lot with time.

MF- Not the thickest of all Imperial Stout bodies for me but at a moderately high chewiness after all. Carbonation at a decently high level which usually isn't that great in big stouts but without it the citrus might not shine like it does. Roasty and citrus peel bitterness in the finish.

At a certain point in the experience this beer hits a warmth where the zest, barrel and massive roast base stout open up and shine together. I personally think each element is done well and they balance and work off of each other. Another fresh, delicious HF brew, no surprise anymore.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin head, even from a vigorous pour, ~ 1/2 finger of dark brown foam, relatively quickly fading to an oily, bubbly sheen. Not completely unexpected for the style. Dark black brew, with a nutty red/brown highlight to it. Little flecks of lacing slowly slide down the glass.

Barrel aroma is immediately present with a light tartness and slight funkiness. Dark cacao and roasted malts behind, grain-heavy. Is there a hint of citrus there? If so, I can't really separate the "brewed with citrus" aroma from the liqueur barrel aroma. What the nose portends is a delicate and complex mystery.

Dark cacao first, followed by a thick, chocolatey and roasted malt body which rolls in strongly. Final third gives way to the barrel: slight sweet tangerine citrus, and a fairly strong, but well-balanced, liqueur (alcohol) flavor. Difficult to describe the barrel: woody and earthy, with a vanilla-and-liqueur blend that is hard to quantify.

Very thick mouthfeel, oily with a long finish. Lively with no real sting, virtually no hint of alcohol strength, no foam. Not chewy at all, but silky smooth.

The liqueur barrel isn't right up my alley, but it certainly adds a different kind of BA edge to this complex and very enjoyable stout. Very drinkable, although the liqueur presence causes you to pull up and slow down every couple of sips. Very interesting.

Bottled 2 1/2 months ago. Excited to try this one again in a year or more.

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Daybreak from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 327 ratings.
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