Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #9
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
99
Ranked #159
Avg:
4.52 | pDev: 8.19%
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
834
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
99
World-Class
Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
Notes: Damon (1993-2004) The time spent with loved ones, now lost, seems to affect our mind and body perpetually: memories happen upon us, unsuspectingly, and bring about tears of fond remembrance. Damon was our brother – devout and patient in an age of busyness and distraction. In his honor, we crafted and conditioned this Imperial Stout in bourbon barrels from our favorite distillery. We still reflect, daily, upon our Damon and his scruffy chin of grey – of his loyalty and his love.

Aged in Blanton's bourbon barrels.
Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 834 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by ManapuaMan:
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Luxurious, oaken, bourbon-y, smooth, warm, silky, sweet and slightly bitter. What a gem of a barrel aged beer.

All components march in lockstep, which the silkiness and balance of the beer being the two standout characteristics. Dark malts, bitter chocolate, oak, earth, fudge, licorice and a hint of leather. Complex, dark, deep, robust - all of these apply. Alcohol warmth without giving off any heat.

Thick but not viscus, substantial but not heavy - it's a sipper that won't occupy your palate for en entire evening.

Jan 29, 2019
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deebo from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is big time. Very rich. Thick ass shit.

Jan 17, 2015
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KevSal from California

4.25/5  rDev -6%

Oct 05, 2013
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IndyDad from New York

4.25/5  rDev -6%

Sep 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Dadthew from New York

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aug 02, 2020
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warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 28 March 2018, received in trade with rodmanfor3.

Jet black with a dark brown head with good retention and lacing. The nose has a lot of dark chocolate, licorice, a little anise, soy, vanilla, a little booze and plums, a little tobacco. Rich and deep.

The palate opens moderately sweet, with plums, dark caramel, dark chocolate and some bourbon. Dark honey, buckwheat honey and licorice follow, with an anise spiciness complementing the bourbon notes. While sweet, this isn't cloying, favoring balance and structure instead ( but what did you expect?). Fruit cake, dessert like and rich, but still approachable and also uncompromising. Flavors of molasses, particularly the bitterness one finds in treacle, temper the sweetness. Full in body, softly, creamily carbonated, this is spectacular on the palate. Luscious, full,creamy and luxuriating. Sweet on the finish with lingering plum and tobacco to go with the leathery booze note, this is quite stellar. This beer is an older school stout barrel aged in an old school way. The flavors lean heavily on the malt, especially the licorice and tobacco notes, and the barrel provides a little heat but also oxidative softness to the flavor profile. Impressive.

Despite my limited description above, there is incredible depth, balance and poise to this beer.

May 04, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Mar 09, 2014
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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beer_guy_nc from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.6%
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Oct 18, 2017
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BMart from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Montanabeerz from Montana

4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 21, 2018
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bobbypaulson from Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
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whitenads from Michigan

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

May 26, 2018
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flat black with a thin layer of tan foam. No leave. Aroma of oak and vanilla. Smooth creamy body, low carbonation. Flavors of dark fruit, oak, vanilla, roast malt. Nutty and grassy finish. Lingering oak and vanilla when time.

Mar 19, 2017
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AndrewSmith from Texas

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 834 ratings