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%
 
 
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345
Gots:
22
For Trade:
1
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Photo of iL0VEbeer
5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Jwale73
4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 batch consumed at HF. Pours one shade shy of black with no head, just a bubbly band around the edges. Nose is incredible - chocolate, ethanol, bourbon and a hint of dark fruit and butterscotch. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of maple syrup, brown sugar and elements of the port barrel. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, perhaps a touch thin, with a still carbonation and a light oiliness to the texture. Overall, this beer is tasting great as is and I wouldn't recommend much time in the cellar; however, the mouthfeel is a little too thin.

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Resuin
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -13.2%

From notes. Drank next to bourbon Damon. Pour is black with chestnut reddish head. Nose has more bourbon and wood than bourbon Damon. More fudge and rich chocolate with a hint of astringency and some roasted malt behind. Taste is a bit sweeter and less bourbon notes. Fudgy malt with brown sugar and caramel, a bit sweet in the finish. Full bodied and softer carbonation with a lightly dry finish. After having port as well, this is my favorite but all are a bit too sweet.

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Photo of CTJman
3.92/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Jeffo
4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tommy brought the whole set to our latest Moeder Lambic tasting a few weeks ago. Cheers man! Lots of fun for sure.

From a 375 into a tasting glass.
Vintage: 2013

APPEARANCE: Just like regular Damon. A sludgy black, thick pour yields a small, tight, tan head with very good retention. Head fades to a good wisp and ring. Pitch black in color with no carbonation evident. A swirling wisp and ring remain until the end and leaves dots of lacing down the glass. Thick and nasty looking with a perfect looking head for the style. Top notch.

SMELL: Closer resembles the bourbon Damon, though notes of the port are definitely in there. Plenty of bourbon barrel, with oak, vanilla and coconut on the nose. A bit of port wine and grapes in there, with hints of chocolate, molasses and roasted malt from the base beer. Really good.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely, with an accent on the bourbon over the port. Lots of barrel with vanilla, coconut, oak, with a touch of tart wine and dark grapes at the swallow. Just enough of the port to give it extra complexity. Big finish of bourbon barrel, oak, sweet vanilla and coconut, a touch of port and some roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate and molasses from the base beer all linger in very nice harmony. Very well balanced and incredibly flavorful. Doesn't get any better than this.

PALATE: Full body, thick and heavy on the palate, with lower levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a bite at the swallow, though well measured, and finishes slightly sticky. Some heat lingers. Could be a touch smoother, but it's full, heavy, and plenty dominating.

OVERALL: It's a complete toss up between this one and the regular bourbon Damon. They might be the best two BA stouts in the world as well. Loved every drop of this. The bourbon character is more prevalent than the port here, which suits my preferences for sure, though the wine does add another layer of complexity to the experience. The look and feel of this one resembles the bourbon variant more as well, which is world class for sure. Perhaps the best to date. Thanks again for bringing these Tommy, and cheers to everyone for a fun filled weekend.

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4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a HF oversized wineglass.

A: Pours a deep, dark nearly black shade, with hints of ruby as the light catches the edge of the glass.

S: Very nice port/sherry character, chocolate, burnt sugar, perhaps a touch of fig.

T: Port barrel shines through on the first sip. Light coffee and chocolate. Caramel and vanilla notes, a touch of alcohol and then a lingering sweetness. As it warms, the coffee and chocolate open up, the port fades slightly and light bourbon notes are apparent.

M: Viscous. Thick and sticky. Lightly carbonated. Decadent.

O: Just a phenomenal beer. The port character really shines in this beer. Very different from bourbon Damon. Really glad to tick this one.

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4.21/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doremite
4.84/5  rDev +5%
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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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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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3%

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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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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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