Birth Of Tragedy | 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): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Birth of Tragedy is the imperial and oak barrel-aged version of our annual winter porter, Twilight of the Idols. Brewed with locally roasted coffee and Vermont honey, we age this beer for a year in personally selected bourbon barrels from our favorite distilleries.

Added by s1ckboy on 11-20-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,198
Reviews:
185
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
8.66%
 
 
Wants:
1,058
Gots:
205
For Trade:
22
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Ratings: 1,198 |  Reviews: 185
Photo of M_chav
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thicky icky black and oily. It looks thicker than motor oil and there's unlimited black-depth (if that's a thing). The smell is stupid good, reminds me of another honey forward stout (event horizon) but this thing is massive with barrel notes and I could t ask for much more. It's bcbs with honey and extra depth, it's amazing. The taste does not disappoint, it's so damn smooth, this bottle is a 2011 vintage which might contribute to the smooth layers that seem to flow almost too in carbonated down the throat. But this thing is beautiful in every way, if you don't the super sweetness then you are gonna love it. An awesome stout that I absolutely need more of, really want to try it fresh, cheers!

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stezz420
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jason3125
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JBreits83
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of danh53
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with no head to speak of. Not much to look at. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and honey. Its a nice aroma, but not very intense. Taste is the highlight of this beer and that's what matters most. This is about a year old so the coffee has faded, but everything else has blended together very well. The bourbon flavor is great and there's way more vanilla than expected. The honey is a nice addition and adds to the sweetness and sticky quality. The mouth feel is excellent for an imperial porter. Its not thick, but I almost forgot it was a porter instead of a stout. This beer is very well balanced, flavorful, and enjoyable to drink. I'm glad I traded for it.

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Photo of xacidx
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mnbearsfan
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Skeeter1330
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013...tasty but definitely on the old side. Vanilla and raisins

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Photo of Bilco
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Matthowland
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of my_knew_craft
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ragnar3
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a taster. Big coffee and chocolate, followed by a hint of honey and a slight barrel presence. Well balanced, enjoyable brew!

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Photo of yeaprolly
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Steban
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of diamondlie
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BNarc
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of corysmith01
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BravoDawg_WS
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SteveD082791
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beer4B
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsmith413
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArtZan
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.39 out of 5 based on 1,198 ratings.
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