Damon (Double Barrel Aged) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Damon (Double Barrel Aged)Damon (Double Barrel Aged)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
1 year in Port, 1 year in Van Winkle Bourbon.

Added by MasterSki on 04-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
145
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.61
pDev:
8.24%
 
 
Wants:
345
Gots:
22
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 26
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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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

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4.37/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Ricky for donating his share for our sampling so I could save my bottle, and 3-way split with rudzud.

Pours no head but motor oil thick and black as tar, nice long legs. Strains the glasses dark yellow.

Nose is so much awesome, tons of chocolate layers, cocoa, syrupy heavy dark malt base, some sweet barrel with little vanilla barrel, hint of sweet bourbon nice soft bourbon, so much great choc.

Taste is very complex too, mostly dark malts, chewy malts, dark black malt but not roasty or burnt at all. Lots of syrupy dark choc, little bakers choc, etc. Nice port barrel flavor with a tawny port like flavor, little sweet bourbon too, and bit of vanilla barrel too, bit fudge, thick creamy like chewy syrupy malt, mild warming slight tingly booze, nice balance. Nice layers between the choc and two barrel characters. Finish is drier with hint more warming booze, but syrupy but not super thick mouth coating like, more dark choc and fudge, light port and bourbon still blending.

Mouth is very thick and a bit syrupy, lighter carb but typical for this kinda beer, just a bit of warming booze, little underwhelming.

Overall amazing as expected.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Viscous black. No head. A little glass staining.

Smell - Port dominates. Sweet smelling. Vanilla and oak reminiscent of bourbon. Chocolate.

Taste - Bourbon blends really well with the port. Vanilla, oak, and red wine. Coffee. Sweet. The slighest sharp wine flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - This is really tasty. Port barrels do magical things, but the bourbon really adds to it.

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4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damon trio. Thanks to ygtbsm94 for providing this awesome bottle.

The beer is dark brown with a faint hint of a brown collar. The aroma offers port, chocolate, red wine, oak. Delicious flavor. Complex and refined. Fantastic beer. Nearly absent carbonation, soft on the palate. A delightful beer to sip. What a treat.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of SadMachine
4.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes from 12/31/13

A- Pours a thick, viscous black with almost no head whatsoever, but that's expected with this spending 2 years in barrels! Nice alcohol legs when swirled.

S- Wow, the aroma is incredibly broad and deep! The bourbon is in charge at first, with oak, char, molasses, honey, and vanilla. This is followed by red wine, burnt sugar, coffee, and a mild tartness. Though I'm tipsy right now, I feel this aroma is perfect!

T- This tastes very similar to the nose, though there's significantly more roast/coffee than expected. This is a super complex and delicious brew! Sweet and chocolaty at first, followed by, coffee, oak, dry red wine, tart and sweet cherry and raspberry. There is also some moderate warming booze. The chocolate is both bitter (like baker's) and sweet (like dark raspberry chocolate). Honestly, if I wasn't tipsy I would expound, but this is incredible, and I just want to drink it!

M- The mouth feel is thick, creamy, and velvety smooth. Amazing!

O- This is the best stout, and probably the best beer I've ever had! So complex, yet perfectly balanced!

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4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle pour at Dave's tasting.

Pours a thick black, with no head and no lacing. No visible carbonation either, even if there was I wouldn't be able to see it through the abyss that is the body of this beer.

Smells like chocolate, port, bourbon, and vanilla. So good, so rich, and just awesome.

The port comes through stronger in the taste than the bourbon, which is interesting, given it was more recently in bourbon barrels. Strong vinous port flavor is folded very nicely into the body of the beer. Some great chocolate flavors as well, along with cookie dough, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Not much roasted malt flavor left after the extended double barrel session, but it's a little noticeable near the end as it warms up.

Velvety, creamy mouthfeel. Don't know the ABV, not stated on the bottle, but I'm guessing it's 11-12%. At that estimated ABV, it drinks incredibly well. There are strong pure bourbon and port flavors, but there is no alcohol presence, really. Hidden so well. Medium body, slightly thin, maybe. Completely flat, no carbonation.

I feel incredibly lucky to have tried this beast of a beer. This one wrings a hell of a lot of flavor into your mouth, with just a regular, well crafted stout and two barrels, and no adjuncts. F'in amazing beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Smelling bitter dark chocolate, picking up the port. I honestly don't know what to think of this beer. I think it's so extremely balanced and the flavors are so incredibly harmonized that its hard to pick out any real standout flavors. The only bad thing about this beer it has very little to no carbonation. Don't really mind that though. Huge alcohol that I can only detect because it warms my chest up. Superb.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of rudzud
4.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with Ricky and JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice super dark brown nearly black hue with no head at all, super crazy legs that stain the glass a thick brown.

S - Aromas of chocolate, soft bourbon, and faint alcohol. No port though.

T - Taste is port right off the bat, followed by chocolate rich and deep, then bourbon. Nice sweet vanilla bourbon finish. Chocolate lingers after the bourbon, light faint roasted makes, tons of chocolate through out, tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, not quite as silky as I'd like, somewhat watery. Boozy too.

O - Overall this beer was very nice, I think I preferred fresh 2011 Damon much, much better. Still though, a damn tasty beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3/5  rDev -34.9%

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Damon (Double Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.61 out of 5 based on 145 ratings.
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