Damon - Port Barrel Aged
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #114
Ranked #1,692
4.28 | pDev: 9.81%
Nov 06, 2022
Apr 25, 2013
Damon - Port Barrel AgedDamon - Port Barrel Aged
Notes: Aged for over 16 months in port barrels.
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Rated: 4.25 by SkiBum22 from New York

Nov 06, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by paulish from New York

Nov 05, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by vfgccp from New York

Nov 04, 2022
Rated: 4.36 by Eman17 from Illinois

Nov 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
poured from a 500mL bottle into a perennial snifter. pours a dark brown but gathers in the glass a shiny black with a big mocha brown foam head. aromas of dark fruits - raisins, plums, sweet grape - plus chocolate and oak. taste follows with a full, silky smooth mouthfeel. this is really good. a well constructed base beer laid to rest in barrels that compliment the aromas and flavors of a Russian imperial stout. i’ll admit that i do like the port barrel treatment on imperial stouts though. time in the bottle has done this one justice and as it warms and opens up over the course of the bottle its full potential is reached.
Oct 21, 2022
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Bottled on 12/12/2019 (batch 3); consumed on 6/8/2022

Pours a silky, motor-oil black body topped with two fingers of rich, creamy, tawny foam; solid head retention leaves ¾ of a finger of rocky cap, a large, frothy collar, and thick chunks of soapy, webby lacing layered down the walls of the glass.

Aromas of licorice open to lesser tones of cherry and strawberry as a classic malt char/roast encroaches; a tinge of dry, residual smoke fades over the middle as Port tannins and shades of oak overwhelm the near-entirety of the bouquet on the back end.

Taste brings bakers cacao building to raspberry torte as richer milk chocolate shades linger over the mid-palate; wispy oak accents a lingering espresso while sticky Port on the back end imparts fading raspberry on the finish.

Mouthfeel shows a medium-light body and a cloudy fluff of moderate-high carbonation, dispersing to creamy textures with a touch of grit through the mid-palate; a subtle roast/bitterness is cut by an encroaching tannic overlay on the back end, while a quiet twang eases through an oily finish.

Semi-dry tannins course through the stylistically classic sensory displays of bittersweet char with a more passive oak presence supplementing; an amplification of the RIS base with a massive Port-fruit overlay and the typically effortless Hill Farmstead presentation results.
Jun 09, 2022
Rated: 5 by HOPTOMIC_BOMB from California

May 20, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

May 19, 2022
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Small head and carbonation, but a nice port flavor, almost like drinking an actual port.
May 09, 2022
Rated: 4 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Apr 03, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Mar 14, 2022
Rated: 5 by JeffNev from Nevada

Jan 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured at fridge temp, but allowed to warm over ~30 min. Pours black as night with slight brown head. No bubbles noticeable in the glass.

The nose is beautiful. A great mix of port and roasted malts. Chocolate, raspberries, red grapes, and maybe a bit of cherries. Very fruit forward, which is obviously a result of the port barrel aging. Can't wait to try this one.

Taste follows the nose. Again, very fruit forward. However, some nice bitter roasted malts, oak, and black licorice as well. Quite sweet overall. The port barrels comes through a LOT. It's almost odd - I feel like I'm sipping on port! I think I would prefer a different barrel on this one. It's fine, but the sweetness is a bit much. Anyway, warming a little bit brings out notes of honey, raisins, brown sugar, and more charred wood.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick. Overall, a pretty solid stout. The port influence isn't my favorite, but it definitely is what it says it is!
Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Oct 26, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottled on 12/12/19 batch.

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like tobacco, roasted malt, dark fruit, raisin, dark chocolate, and oak.

This is a classic take on a port barrel aged stout. There's loads of dark fruit (raisin, black cherry, etc) and bittersweet tobacco, along with heavy but clean roast, a hit of oak spice, and dark chocolate. This is not something for pastry boiz.

This is medium bodied, clean, with no real booziness to it. It's quite drinkable for the style.

This is very intriguing and very complex, and one of the best uses of port barrel that I've ever had.
Aug 31, 2021
Rated: 4.68 by Hallertau from Wisconsin

Jul 28, 2021
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Reviewed by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Full beer review #1550.

500ml bottle poured into HF wine stem.

Per the bottle label- "bottle conditioning since 12/12/2019"

Appearance: black bodied beer with khaki colored head. The head is dense & creamy and has a lots of staying power. Heavy lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: milk chocolate. Red fruit like cherries and raspberries. Port wine notes with ashen oak & light smoke.

Taste: "Extra dark" gourmet dark chocolates. Roasted malts and coffee. Earthy. Hint of milk chocolate sweetness. Lightly tart cherries and big juicy red raspberries notes; rich port wine with deep tannin's. Dry Leather; lightly charred dry oak barrel with a light smoke note. Complex layers that complement and balance each other so flawlessly. Earthy coffee, cocoa powder, and red wine all balance well together into the finish & aftertaste. This is really complex barrel aged stout.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied stout with the carbonation level on the lower end of medium. Impressive texture, its got such a creamy body. Lightly dry finish. Not a hint of 10.5% abv. No bite or heat to this stout at all.

Overall: My first experience of Damon; an experience I have waited for, for quite some time. Port barrel Damon is all about layers of rich flavors with an incredible texture. A stout that is both rich and savory, yet extremely well balanced through all the layers this stout keeps throwing at your palate that have such discernible flavors. It's a really classy stout. I have drank several Hill Farmstead stouts and they all have this trait in common... Based on the texture of the stout & balancing of flavors, I could tell you with utter confidence that Shaun Hill brewed/blended any stout he brewed in a blind stout tasting. This is his calling card and no one in the craft beer world can brew and blend stouts like Shawn does. Sure, I love my motor oil from Toppling Goliath and Side Projects... Yet I continue to have a strong affinity for the balance of flavors, layers of complexity, and just straight elegance that all the Hill Farmstead stouts I have drank truly embody. The finesse that Shaun Hill has for this beer style is dripping with raw talent.
Jul 15, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Jul 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
has the robust flavors that you get from regular damon, but with a sweet vinous character that adds a lot of dark fruit presence. there is a nice chocolatey roast, hints of plum and a wonderful sweet cherry flavor. there are some sugary aspects invoking molasses and caramel, oaky and hints of grape. the texture is wonderful, full bodied but not overly so - completely avoids that sludgy quality that you get form some sickeningly sweet stouts. this one is sweet but not too sweet, bold but not too bold, vinous but not too vinous ... just perfectly balanced and complex.
Jun 29, 2021
Rated: 4.69 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Jun 21, 2021
Rated: 4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania

May 14, 2020
Rated: 4.53 by MeLoynes from Missouri

Jan 03, 2019
Rated: 4.52 by Kmkapalka from Delaware

Jan 03, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Phurley2 from Massachusetts

May 09, 2018
Rated: 4.59 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina

Apr 24, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 4.99 by tmbgnicu from Pennsylvania

Jan 09, 2018
Rated: 4.73 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by t2grogan from Arizona

Nov 19, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Oct 02, 2017
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
375ml bottle, 2016 vintage, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 4.12.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a beautiful jet black color, thick and viscous, oily and sludgey with a firm finger of khaki head, good retention and loads of soapy lace. The aroma is excellent, mild roast, lots of chocolate and a very impressive amount of stone fruit character, port wine shines well, mild vinous acidity, a bit of oak with lightly toasted grain with some licorice at the finish. The flavors are great, tons of dark chocolate, mild roast, dark grains with tons of stone fruits, port wine barrel, light counterbalancing acidity with some pleasant sweetness, chewy oak, licorice and anise at the finish. The mouthfeel is very good, coating, creamy, thick and chewy with a low level of carbonation but the heavy body does just fine without much in the way of bubbles and a warm but soft finish.

Verdict: A delicious stout from Hill Farmstead and perhaps my favorite take on Damon. The balance is very good and the nose is exceptional. The port wine character is right up my alley, really enjoyed this beer.
Sep 05, 2017
Rated: 4.53 by Trio2shine from California

Aug 23, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by knicks19947 from New York

Aug 21, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by aasher from Indiana

Jul 29, 2017
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Reviewed by yasky from Canada (ON)

4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Properly cellared since 2013. pitch black pour, larger swized brown head. Aroma of fuge brownie, port, wood, toasted malt - very rich! roasted malt and fudge up front, port wine, bakers cocoa, woody, light smoke, cherry notes. - yep, thatès a full 10! Full bodied, zero alcohol warming, perfect carbonation.
Jul 04, 2017
Rated: 4.32 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

Apr 25, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by oline73 from Maryland

Mar 14, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina

Mar 09, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by JeanJacketLover from Massachusetts

Jan 29, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by BMMillsy from Florida

Jan 22, 2017
Damon - Port Barrel Aged from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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