Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
703
Reviews:
100
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
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4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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

Bottle shared by yourefragile because he thinks I'm fragile, poured into a Hill Farmstead becher because that's the only HF glass I have and drank through a straw because there was a baby on my head at the time, all of this actually happened.

Beer is black with a nice tan head of small bubbles, moderate retnetion, low carbonation, some lacing, looks nice.

Aroma is interesting, not as bourbon forward as one might expect but excellent because I can smell both the bourbon and the yeast, mild roast, sweetness, chocolate perhaps?

Beer is medium in body, creamy, sweet, mildly oaky and bourbony, tastes nice, an interesting beer. I commented that it is slightly Black Albert like and people didn't disagree. I'd have it again, a very nice beer.

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A huge thanks to David for this bottle! Bottled 08/2013. Poured in to stemmed tulip.

A - Poured pitch black with a thin layer of mocha brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A massive charred oak aroma dominates the nose with a lot of fresh bourbon also coming thorough. Chocolate fudge, vanilla, licorice and some noticeable alcohol are also present in the nose.

T - Huge barrel notes up front with charred oak, bourbon and vanilla flavours all coming through. Chocolate fudge, roast, and anise show up mid-palate with a huge char presence lingers in the finish.

M - Full body. Sludgy. Light carbonation.

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4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 black waxed 500 mL bottle. 578/864. Thanks to Ashley and Tucker for hooking us up with this gem.

Pours a viscous dark chocolate with a large, frothy yellowish light tan head. Excellent retention, fading to a collar and spotty film. Thin streaks and dots of lacing.

Smooth, subtle aroma of roast malt, black licorice, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon in the finish.

Flavor is sweet and smooth with a subtle blend of black licorice, bourbon, mild oak and vanilla. Incredibly balance and blend between the base stout and the barrel and well restrained alcohol presence.

Medium thick, smooth body with light carbonation and an everlasting chewy, licrorice finish.

Wow, Genealogy was amazing and Damon is as well. Both are distinct from most other stouts in their malt profile and while HF has not released many stouts yet, they are going to destroy this style just as they have IPAs. Boom!

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4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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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4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Waited in line for a few hours outside of Hill Farmstead to get this beer. Was the first person in line. Few in the cellar and one to crack now, the day before Kate Day. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottle 799/864

A - Pours a deep, rich almost oily black colour. Definately is clear, I could see that in the stream, but as it collects in the tulip it is inpenitrable by light. There was a half finger deep dark mocha head but that disappeared rather quickly to leave a very, very thin halo.

S - Aroma is very rich and inviting. Some sweet malts, nice chocolate roast. Lots of rich mellow bourbon on this one. Clearly a good bourbon with some nice earthy vanilla wood. There is some slight alcohol burn on the end.

T - Very smooth and mellow. Nice roasted malts and chocolate. Dark chocolate. Dark chocolate that is wonderfully intermixed with smooth good quality bourbon. Nice bourbon and oak along with some vanilla. There is a very slight warm booze bourbon finish to it.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice. Rich, creamy, thick and silky smooth. Practically no bourbon heat at all on the finish but all the nice bourbon qualities.

O - Overall, yet another excellent limited release from Hill Farmstead. Their stuff is well worth seeking out. Delicious beer that will only improve even more with age.

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4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4/12/2012

500ml bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #165/864. Thanks for the opportunity to try this.

A: Flows like motor oil out of the body with much viscosity, yielding a finger of dark brown foam that gives way to scattered lacing.

S: A medley of dark chocolate, brown sugar, bourbon, and vanilla. I get a firm oak profile with a big dark malt presence, notes of dark fruit, and licorice. I detect the faintest essence of smoke with a whisper of maple. The bourbon is present but not overpowering, allowing the quality of the base beer to be showcased as well. The roastiness is tame, which is how I like it. Coffee is a shadow.

T: Lightly earth up front with an upper low bitterness and a dash of alcohol. Bourbon quickly takes the helm, guiding me into a tranquil sea of brown sugary dark chocolate and vanilla. This sea is inhabited by scattered colonies of blackstrap molasses and licorice. The beer has a big dark malt presence without any harh or overly roasted notes. The beer finishes with bourbonic oak, brown sugary vanilla dark chocolate, and an increased but not inappropriate level of alcohol.

M: The beer is full in body with a moderate level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy, sticky, viscous, and silky, with notable palate warming. Really excellent feel for the style, and considering this is barrel aged I'm even more impressed.

Overall: An excellent beer all around. I raise my glass to Damon and think back on my beloved dog lost not long ago.

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Damon (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.46 out of 5 based on 703 ratings.
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