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Damon (Port Barrel Aged) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Damon (Port Barrel Aged)Damon (Port Barrel Aged)
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4.28/5
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256 Ratings
Damon (Port Barrel Aged)Damon (Port 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:
Aged for over 16 months in port barrels.

Added by MasterSki on 04-25-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,081
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
256
pDev:
9.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of CharlesK
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerRay
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevanb
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.

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Photo of Trio2shine
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of knicks19947
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aasher
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yasky
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, that├Ęs a full 10! Full bodied, zero alcohol warming, perfect carbonation.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JeanJacketLover
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BMMillsy
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SABERG
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2013 bottle lovingly aged into a large snifter.
A - Dark as the times, loose knit mocha cap fed by relentless carbonation.
S - Cocoa, fig, merlot, touch of vanilla, and grape seed.
T - Strenuous stout, port barrel adds depth to a hefty base beer, lots of bold flavor with wonderful tangents, leather.
dark tobacco, vintage port sweet and tannin.
M - Glorious, no other word needed.
O - The time is the basement has taken nothing away from this gem, rich, full, luxurious all superlatives. Another
fabulous stout from Hill Farmstead

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Photo of Shaun_S
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2016 poured into a snifter.

Uncomparable to the Double Damon and unfortunately was unable to taste the bourbon barrel variant but this was still an incredible beer.

Poured near pitch black with a massive mocha head that dissipated at a snails pace. Taste was a lovely mix of cherry, chocolate with the coffee and a light smoke on the end far more bitter and less thick than the 2016 Double Damon. Creamy, just slightly thick, with pleasant moderate carbonation. Truly lovely and well worth the price.

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Photo of xtonytx
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ArtZan
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shogun250
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbthom123
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheEpeeist
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of edthehead
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a mocha brown foamy head that dissipates after a couple minutes. Strong port wine on the nose and palate, with additional nutty and dark cherry flavors on the palate. Moderate mouth feel. Great dessert stout!!! Loved it!

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Photo of VonZipper
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of clay23
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Damon (Port Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 256 ratings
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