Birth Of Tragedy | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.46/5
1,224 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#182
Reviews:
190
Ratings:
1,224
pDev:
8.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,061
Gots:
206
Trade:
23
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1/5  rDev -77.6%

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1/5  rDev -77.6%

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2.17/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This really fell off. The nose is weak, tastes infected. I guess I waited too long unfortunately as the honey is off putting.

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2.31/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

2nd batch. Pours a flat black. I was hoping holding off for a while would result in some bubbles.

Smells are vanilla, chocolate. Barrel not that strong. Lack of bubbles leads to lack of aromatics.

Heavy and dull on the palate. I'm being harsh here, had a GI BCBS before drinking this, and this paled in comparison. Would have had a hard time standing up if carbonated. Without carbonation, this beer fell flat.

Mouthfeel sucked. Needed some bubbles to move things around.

Twilight of the Idols was much better. Everett rocks. This batch of beer was a failure.

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3/5  rDev -32.7%

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3/5  rDev -32.7%

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3.01/5  rDev -32.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.3/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

2012 bottle.

This bottle poured essentially flat and had a good bit of residue in the bottom of the glass.

The nose was nice barrel notes with hints of coconut. Really nice here

The taste was cloyingly sweet. I got nice, light barrel notes and next to no coffee. The sweetness, which tastes like unfermented priming sugar, was quite a distraction.

This beer had next to no carbonation, so the mouthfeel was a drag.

I loved, loved, loved the first batch of this beer, but this one is not nearly as good, imo. Last year's bottles had a nice level of carbonation for the style. Having read other reviews of low carbonation, I can't help but wonder if this was a widespread issue.

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was really good. Not my favorite style though.

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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Birth Of Tragedy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 1,224 ratings
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