Birth Of Tragedy | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial 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

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Ranking:
#234
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
1,258
pDev:
8.3%
 
 
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Photo of Beerdster
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Jnorton00
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Certainly the highlight of beers yesterday at Armsby Abbey. Of course, that is saying a lot as this line-up was truly unreal.

Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip glass with no head at all. No lacing to follow. A very shiny deep brown/black color. No light getting through.

Aroma was fantastic. Vanilla, bourbon, and an almost dank malty chocolatey aroma. (nice, not negative)

Before I had this, we had one of the Twilight of the Idols which someone said was the base beer for this. That was a very nice beer. This was a very special beer. Great balance and depth. Chocolate, bourbon and vanilla meld to create an awesome flavor. I get quite a bit of brown sugar from the malt bill here and really en joy it.

Silky smooth, satin like on your tongue. Medium to bold while not being as thick as Imp Stouts. Extremely light carbonation… if any.

Great beer. It’s just that simple.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the Armsby Abbey Hill Farmstead takeover.

Almost no head, pitch black thick syrupy looking beer with nice legs on the sides of the glass.

Nose chocolate galore, bourbon glazed, oak, vanilla, roast, caramel, coffee, syrupy molasses, huge dark malt roasted aroma, pure darkness, earthy hops, aged barrel aroma.

taste oh man! wow, bourbon and barrel mixed with awesome dark stout. Plenty of chocolate dark bakers, dark fruit brandy soaked raisin, caramel, vanilla and oak, barrel goodness. Bourbon is prevalent, oaky and caramel bourbon, light boozy tingle, syrupy sweet heavy thick. Finish of big, syrupy sweet little booze, tons of bourbon and chocolate, coffee and roast, caramel, vanilla, and oak barrel.

Mouth is huge, thick and syrupy, bit of booze, carb is good for the style.

Overall just great, great malts (which I already knew as Twilight was great), great dark flavors, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and barrel additions just add even more awesomeness to it.So great.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Damian
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA
Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass

Deep brown/black and slightly watery in appearance. The liquid was topped by a thin film of large, caramel colored bubbles.

The aroma was intense. Amazingly rich and smooth with super strong notes of bourbon. Loads of vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. Chocolate fudge. Dark roast coffee notes came through as well. Tons of caramel and roasted malts. One of the most amazing smelling beers I have come across in quite a while.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. Bourbon notes were immediately apparent. Lots of brown sugar on the front end. Super smooth, French roast coffee notes came through strong. Tons of vanilla and sweet cream. As the beer warmed, the vanilla intensified. Just a touch of espresso on the finish. For such a bourbon-forward beer, the alcohol was remarkably well buried.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied (particularly for a beer of this magnitude) and contained a super fine and mild amount of carbonation. By the drink's end, the liquid felt nearly flat.

Birth Of Tragedy is a very sweet, rich and intensely flavored beer. Aside from the disappointing mouthfeel, this was definitely the most impressive porter I have ever tried.

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of kingcrowing
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a hill farmstead tulip.

Pours a pitch black that's thick as oil. Nose is sweet, malty lots of vanilla and a bit of honey.

Taste is chocolate and roasty, sweet lots of oaky vanilla with a bit of a hot finish. Overall its really creamy and delicious. I don't quite taste it as an imperial twilight but its still very good.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of wsnich
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Mark000
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/16/2011

Bottle courtesy of bring, thanks! Snifter.

A: Black with a finger of dense light brown froth. Retention is good.

S: Pronounced dark chocolate and oak blend with a subtle char and light spicy notes that almost remind me of chili peppers, though I don't think those were added. Vanilla wafts from the glass and I get a whisper of smoke which accompanies a firm bourbon presence, earthy coffee, and faint caramel notes. Roasted grains are pronounced. Smells great.

T: Sweet up front, reminiscent of brown sugar, with a lower earthy bitterness, moderately roasted malt, and pronounced bourbon. Vanilla is light, and coffee is pervasive yet well integrated. For 11% the booze is very tame in the flavor. Cocoa is powerful and I get lighter notes of caramel and vanilla. The finish shows an increase in bourbon character.

M: Full in body with medium carbonation that eventually becomes low due to me swirling the damn glass so much. The mouthfeel is silky, sticky, and smooth.

Overall: I've never had Twilight of the Idols, but Birth of Tragedy is a fine beer.

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4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to shawnm213

500ml poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a small dark brown head that slowly fades to the edges.

S - Sweet coffee, almost like soy sauce.

T - Whiskey, chocolate, coffee, lots of carmel and vanilla. So very good.

D - Avearage carbonation and body for the style.

O - A wierd smell, but the taste is just so nice. My wife was fighting me over this one. Thanks so much Shawn for this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of aapp. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours black with a good tan-mocha head and nice retention. Lacing on the glass. The nose brings forward very smooth bourbon with a bit of roast and chocolate. Some coffee there as well. Flavor integrates bourbon and chocolate quite well. Nicely done, but nothing to really bring it over the top. Mouthfeel is ultra smooth without any trace of alcohol. Fantastic barrel usage, but lacking the final oomph to really make it world class. Still, a great beer.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Robert! Pours black with a medium, sticky mocha foam head. Nose is roasted malt, lightly charred, with a strange sweet liquor that's pretty interesting, blackberry like. Light coffee and bourbon, vanilla. Pretty tight and integrated with that weird spirit edge. Mouth is pretty thin, opens with dry cocoa powder, light char, unfolding into vanilla, this very unique fruity liquor quality, and a long finish with alcohol and vanilla. Soft up front with a sharp dark fruit quality as it lingers. Very unique brew here, the barrel treatment is awesome.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Huge thanks to the sharer at CdC.

A: Clear dark brown body, almost no head. Underwhelming.

S: Spicy, chocolatey, and rich. Vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon, oak, chocolate, and awesomeness. Wow.

T: Sweet and spiritous up front, with bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, and deliciousness. A little boozy, but that's a minor quibble.

M: Lively, creamy medium body. Great.

O: What a terrific beer. I absolutely loved Twilight of the Idols, and this is even better. The base beer and barrel pair beautifully, and it's just an absolute treat. By far my favorite dark beer from Hill Farmstead.

Cheers!

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ficknish
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Black. Great tan head.

S - Oak. Bourbon. Chocolate. Toasted marshmallow. Some nuttiness. Maple.

T - Toasted marshmallow. Oak. Carmel sweetness. Root beer. Slight bourbon. Bitter chocolate.

M - Silky smooth. Slight bitterness. Slight alcohol heat. Sweet.

O - What an amazing beer. I could drink barrels of this stuff. So deep in flavor and well balanced. Will definitely be drinking again. If I can ever get a hold of more.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 1,258 ratings