Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jason on 01-10-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
684
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
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Photo of yasky
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black pour, offwhite head. Amazing aroma, bourbon , dried dark fruit, coffee, roasted malt. Black chocolate giving way to bourbon, coffee, blueberry, dark malt. Fuller body. Amazing.

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Photo of aleigator
4.87/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an oily black color with a small, dark brown head, which vanishes immediately.

The aromas of this are simply amazing - there's a lot going on with licorice, scorched malts, tobacco and dark chocolate. The barrel adds a tremendous depth with dried apples, rock sugar, peppers, dried plum and lots of spicy wood, tickling the nose by developing a boozy warmth.

Drinks silk and velvet, full bodied with lots and lots of alcohol soaked layers of rich maltiness.

Tastes right from the beginning of burned malts, wild honey, whipped cream as for its awesome mouthfeel, and fudge. Develops a spicy licorice roastiness once the barrel gets noteable, together with cinnamon, toasted nuts and a luscious amount of bitter chocolate. Finishes with molasses, melting chocolate, long lasting tobacco, dried earth and a flowery note from the otherwise still pleasantly spicy barrel.

This is like an amped up Bourbon County - not necessarily thicker on the tongue, but even creamier with more roast and bitter chocolate, countered by an even sweeter fudge note, balanced by earth and spices. Awesomly intense and balanced throughout.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I never cease to be amazed by Hill Farmstead beers. Any style that I have by them is one of the better examples of the style that I have had. This beer is so smooth with nice bourbon tones that just add to the enjoyment. Love me some HF!

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Photo of edthehead
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damon rocks in typical HF fashion. Great looking stout and nice soft two finger mocha head. Nose is primarily coffee, bourbon, and raisins. Taste is bourbon up front and semi-sweet bakers chocolate finish. Velvet smooth mouth feel with a tingle of carbonation on the finish.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. One of the best bourbon barrel aged beers I have ever had. So smooth for 10.5 percent. Wish I had more to have. ! A++++++. Cheers Mates!

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from 2013.
Poured on Christmas morning 2016 into stemmed Hill Farmstead stemware.
Pours nearly jet black with one half finger of deep caramel colored head.
Aromas are incredible, a perfect mix of deeply roasted malt and bourbon.
Flavors are wonderful and balanced. Notes of bitter coffee, sweet chocolate and mellow bourbon.
Mouthfeel is perfect. Silky, thick enough.
Overall, this is completely on par with BCBS if not better.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage drank in a snifter on 12/8/2016

Deep dark blown look with some lacing and a nice tan head. The smell of this was heavy oak and milk chocolate. Really enjoyable. I got some similar notes in the taste but some sweetness opened up as well, almost like a dark fruit or cherry flavor along with some caramel. Really nice. Not super thick which is similar to their style, but the complexity of their barrel aged stouts continues to impress me. I love their stuff.

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

This was a great barrel aged stout. Very dark. Carbonation was low as others said. Great barrel bite. Has that chocolate bourbon feel. Love the smell. Such a nice thick body.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tracked this one down quite a while ago and enjoyed with a friend to celebrate Iowa knocking off Michigan? Nice standard Bourbon Barrel stout with nice smooth bourbon and some roasted chocolate notes!

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8/2013 bottle. Pours pitch black with just a tiny bit of carbonation. Smell is muted. Oakey and chocolatety smell with a bit of the bourbon. Pretty standard bourbon stout nose. Taste is better than the nose. The same flavor as he nose but in damn near perfect balance. Nice lingering Oakey bourbon on he finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin and hot on the finish. Overall lacking in balance a little. Great taste but a little lacking in the other departments.

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Photo of mattsmith413
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Begging HF to make more stouts...not that their other selections are anything to scoff at. Pitch black pour with a coffee colored head and a terrific nose.

The taste is a fantastic mix of chocolate, roast, and bourbon. As it warms, sweeter notes of molasses and dark fruit shine through.

Thick mouthfeel. A very well-rounded beer.

Overall, one of best beers I have had from HF...but I am a dark beer drinker.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first BA Hill Farmstead stout - and it did not disappoint. The barrel was lighter than I expected it to be, but that just made it that much more drinkable.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black pour with a coffee colored head and a terrific nose.

The taste is a fantastically balanced mix of chocolate, roast, and bourbon. As it warms, sweeter notes of molasses and dark fruit shine through.

Thick mouthfeel. A very well-rounded beer.

Overall, one of best stouts out there. A classic example of what a Hill Farmstead dark beer is in its very best form.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottle
L: Dark black onyx hues with exceedingly minimal carbonation
S: Rich mocha and dark chocolate fudge with a hint of the bourbon nuance that's to come
T: Bold molasses, chocolate, and caramel with subtle oak, rye whiskey, and bourbon flavors
F: Although the beer appeared to pour a viscous motor oil thickness, the actual feel was decidedly more medium-bodied
O: Another fantastic stout offering from HF. While the lack of carbonation on the pour did not provide the prettiest looking beer - the smell and taste were right up there with some of the better BA stouts I've had the pleasure of trying. I hope HF will bring this one back sooner than later - delicious beer indeed.

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

2013 bottle, pitch black color with minimal carb. Some have commented that this is undercarbed but was not the issue here. Rich fudge and molasses with the barrel mixing in nicely. Really rich and decadent, stoked to have been able to try it.....

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2: bottled 8/13

Appearance: A hard pour produced a minimal mocha-colored head that quickly faded. Viscous but not a lot of lacing

Smell: Chocolate fudge, bourbon, molasses....touch of oakiness.

Taste: Chocolate fudge and molasses!! Bourbon is there mid sip and after the swallow. Nice little alchohol burn at the end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and thick! Gets even thicker as it warms. Coats the mouth nicely.

Overall: LOVE this beer. Outstanding BA stout. Honestly, one of the better BA stouts I've had the opportunity to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 2: bottled 8/13

Appearance: A heard pour raises a modest mocha-colored head that quickly fades away leaving the pitch black liquid by its lonesome; viscous but not a lot of lacing

Smell: Chocolate fudge, molasses, Bourbon and hints of smoke/oak

Taste: Chocolate fudge and molasses, up front, with the Bourbon tones developing in the middle; after the swallow, the smoke and oak emerges along with a touch of soy

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I would have expected for the style but still full-bodied; low carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: I come out on the side of the BAs who have previously said this is a good but not great beer; the flavor lacks the range of the great brews and the mouthfeel is definitely an issue; glad to have tried it but I think the score reflects the brewery's reputation and I can well understand that

Thanks, Nuwanda, for the opportunity

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Photo of spicelab
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared 3 ways. Batch 2, 8/2013.

Black, though not of the thick and intimidating variety, with a modest but persistent fine-bubbled beige head.

Nose is quite barrel forward, with woody vanilla and coconut complementing firm dry cocoa molasses and burnt toffee. Flavours follow. Rich and indulgent choc-caramel fudge, burnt toffee and date slice before the cocoa, dark chocolate and tannins emerge at the end to dry out the finish. Quite a coup.

Terrifically good Imperial Stout. Impressively clean and distinct profile.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Smells awesome. Has a great roast, but is balanced amazingly with the bourbon barrel. No one flavor overpowers. Medium mouthfeel which I'm not minding because there is a perfect amount of sweetness. Very impressed.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served alongside Port Damon and Double Barrel Damon.

The beer is dark brown, near black, with a small beige collar. Aromas of dark roast, chocolate. Rich and flavorful. Dark chocolates. Oak and bourbon character are there, but don't overwhelm the flavor profile. Elegant feel. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. While I enjoy everything Hill Farmstead, in general, it seems the stouts are not quite up to the level of their saisons and IPAs.

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Photo of Pahn
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz bottle split 2 ways with BA morningthief. Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Black with a one inch dark tan head. Leaves sweeping spots and arches of lacing. Looks pretty serious.

Smell: Pretty muted. Some oak and more molasses. Very good but a little simple. Some red wine notes come out with warmth.

Taste: Holy shit. The aroma didn't prepare me for all this flavor. Up front it's sweet bourbon and vanilla oak, leading to brownies fresh out of the oven and a lot of molasses. Highlights to the flavor are unique and amazing. I've tasted most of this before in different places, but the highlights to the flavor (and the overall impression, and how pronounced and complimentary everything is) is uncommonly excellent.

I knew I would give this a 5 for taste after just a few sips. The question isn't "is this a good stout?" it's "Is this the best stout you've ever tasted?"

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied, and very creamy. Slight dryness at the end to balance the pastry assault. Mild alcohol heat. Works with the flavor.

Overall: You want to think Hill Farmstead is overrated, but it's not. This beer is so good it's inspiring.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, with a lot of mocha swirls, and bubbles around the glass. Heads goes away fast but leaves some nice lacing. Smell isn't as strong as I would have thought. Chocolate, bourbon, some coffee. Taste is sweet bourbon right up front. Hints of toffee, black licorice, sweet molasses, on the backend but mostly the bourbon is over powering. I do wish it weren't so sweet. Mouthfeel is sticky, fairly easy to drink. Decent bourbon stout but awfully sweet.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA.

Nice surprise seeing this one on tap! Dark black pour, maybe some faint brown hues around the edges, with a minimal head, just a dark collar, which left a few shards of lacing and some legs on the glass. Nice aroma, thick with fudge, dark malts, caramelized sugar, notes of bourbon and vanilla. More of the same in the taste, with the barrel element coming out a bit more, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, slight char and roasty coffee. I got more malt/sweet/bourbon than bitter/roast/coffee in this one. Medium-full body, lower carbonation, silky mouthfeel, booze was present, but not too hot at all. Very good overall.

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Photo of Crookdrain
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Re-reviewing from a bottle popped this past weekend. Popped my first bottle of B2 back in December with NYCBuckeye and Sobeleg and was unimpressed - thought it was thin and very hot. This bottle (same batch - B2) was a ridiculous improvement.

A: Jet black of night. Barely any tan head, dissipates quickly. Looks like chocolate motor oil.

S: Big barrel character going to war with the chocolate and roast coffee underneath. A little bit of licorice too perhaps? We were out on the porch - could have been wafting in the air though from elsewhere.

T: Was really pleasantly surprised with the improvement an extra 7 months in the bottle did for the taste (and mouthfeel). Heat was way down, giving way to layers of (in order of strength): oaky bourbon, dark chocolate covered-esperesso beans, roasted malt. Absolutely outstanding.

M: This was the biggest improvement since the first bottle we popped in December. This just coated your mouth like the unmixed syrup at the bottom of an old-fashioned glass of Hershey's chocolate milk. Super thick and chewy - which for the style put the beer into a new stratosphere. Not sure if the first bottle from December was bad bottle or not (we got the bottles together at the DBD release, so weird if there was that big of a variation).

O: One of the best BB stouts I've ever had. This bottle edges out M&C 1 & 3, BoT, and even GoM. If you have the chance to trade for this, it seems like this batch is peaking right now. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not sure how I missed reviewing this before, but finally got around to it.

No head, super dark pitch black thick beer nice legs, mild dark mocha head as I swirl.

Nose tons of dark choc, dark malts, caramel, cocoa, then even more barrel notes, some bourbon, vanilla barrel, great toasty vanilla barrel and dark choc, hint of fluffy nougat, faint booze, even touch buttery oak.

Taste is great but not as good as the nose, lots of dark malts, cocoa and dark choc, fluffy nougat, caramel, etc. Then barrel, vanilla barrel, little buttery oak and plenty of bourbon but not a ton, juicy dark malts, mild bitter earthy hops and bitter mild roast, touch of warming booze, even hint fudgey and toasted oak. Finish is dry with lots more bourbon and toasty vanilla oak, more bitterness and bitter dark malts, hint of booze.

Mouth is thick and rich, heavy, but not too thick, decent carb, mild warming booze.

Overall great, great bourbon and barrel, nice base beer that absorbs the bourbon and barrel well.

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