Damon (Double Barrel Aged) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Damon (Double Barrel Aged)Damon (Double Barrel Aged)
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4.57/5
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146 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
146
pDev:
8.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of rodmanfor3
4.84/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Black with minimal head.

S: Port and bourbon barrels, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla caramel, all coming together very nicely.

T: A strong port presence melds intricately with bourbon characteristics on the outer layers of the beer, working into dark chocolate notes, then finishing again with port on the palate. As the beer warms, the chocolate flavor opens up, as do the more subtle flavors of vanilla and caramel. All of the flavors work incredibly well with each other.

F: Thick and chewy.

O: This is Hill Farmstead's best stout and one of the top beers overall in its class.

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Photo of Lucular
4.21/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boredalready
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Guzzle_McBrew
4.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cwelsh55
4.99/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JMFP
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mgr78704
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cannabispinoy
4.99/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of doremite
4.84/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing how both the port and bourbon both come through in this week almost separately with each and every sip. This is the best damon varietal to date. Drank this Christmas 2014 and damn I wish it wasn't both so good and so scarce.

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Photo of Jlu73183
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Kmlund
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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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Photo of vissai
4.2/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of HoldenDurden
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of blabaer
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Review from 10/26/2014. Opened alongside the most recent batches of Bourbon Damon and Port Damon, alongside a bunch of other amazing stouts, including KBBS. Prior to this tasting, Bourbon Damon was my favorite non-adjunct stout. I suspect you can guess where this is going...

A: Jet black. Somehow marginally darker than Bourbon Damon. Port Damon was quite carbonated comparatively, but the carb here was a light hiss upon opening, equivalent to Bourbon Damon. Almost no head whatsoever. Viscous, as I like my stouts.

S: The depth of the barrel characters is astonishing. This completely blows the smell of Bourbon Damon out of the water. Possibly the richest layers of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, red wine, and slight vanilla imaginable. The perfect non-adjunct stout smell. By comparison, the nose on Port Damon was weak. Astonishingly though, compared to this, Bourbon Damon also feels sparse. Eye opening to smell them next to each other. Without tasting them, I can tell this is starkly superior.

M: Silk. Not overbearingly thick, nor thin whatsoever. The additional year in the barrels really mellowed this out perfectly. I can't help but think I am drinking this at exactly the right juncture in its lifecycle.

T: The taste begins with rich perfect bourbon, more intense than Bourbon Damon despite spending the same time in bourbon barrels. Somehow, this is immensely darker and richer. The profile continues with layers of molasses, espresso, chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Then, the port finish takes this to the next level. A perfect red wine acidity mellows the final gasp of flavor, not overbearing, as young Port Damon was for me. Didn't think this could be that perfectly balanced given my pre-disposition against red wine characters in stouts.

O: A masterwork. This beer is especially remarkable given that there are no other ingredients besides Malt, Hops, Yeast, and Water. This beer succeeds because it is significantly greater than the sum of its parts. Obviously, we had to blend regular Bourbon and Port together to see how it matched up. Not even friggin' close. Truly, this is Shaun at his absolute finest.

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Damon (Double Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 146 ratings