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Damon (Port Barrel Aged) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Damon (Port Barrel Aged)Damon (Port Barrel Aged)

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged for over 16 months in port barrels.

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Ratings: 261 |  Reviews: 34
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4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! Pitch black pour with a huge two finger caramel-colored head with crazy retention and great lacing. Big roasty nose with the port coming through nicely along with hints of cocoa, dark chocolate, and booze. The taste is rich and roasty with the port front and center again. Lots of espresso and dark chocolate along with hints of vanilla, oak, booze, and some interesting vinous notes. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and mouth coating with medium carbonation and a warming, bitter, boozey finish. Overall, didn't enjoy this as much as the bourbon version, but still very tasty, albeit a bit hot.

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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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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of thebigredone
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Excited to try this, thanks North Jersey.

Smell is oddly smoky, not what I was expecting at all.

Taste follows suit, very charred, ashy, smoky flavor, with a hint of sweetness that I'm assuming came from the port. The ashy flavor really dominates, a bit of bitter chocolate and roast bitterness can be found, minimal vinous flavors from the port.

Mouthfeel is pretty bad, feels coarse and grainy in the mouth as if there were really ash in the beer.

Overall, not what I was expecting. Had Bourbon Damon a month or two ago, seems like a completely different beer. Not sure if the barrel treatment can really make that much of a difference, or if we simply got a bad bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into HF stemmed wine glass.

A- Pours a dark black, a half-finger mocha head (much more then any other HF stout), head recedes fairly fast to a wispy top leaving thin spotty lacing.

S- Dark fruits, leather, port, slight oak, plums, cherries, some underlying slight roast. Nice complexity, nice aroma strength, slightly weird smelling though.

T- Dark fruits, decent amount of smoke, some roast, dark chocolate, some very light oak. Nice complexity, decent balance, flavors conflict a little bit.

M- Medium bodied, very drinkable for abv, unlike other HF stouts a bit overcarbed.

O- We opened this during a big HF stout tasting, unfortunately Port Damon was one of my least favorites. The port added a nice complexity however I felt like it didn't complement the base beer as well as I was hoping (unlike DB Damon that has the best of both barrels). This is definitely worth trying but I wouldn't go crazy trying to obtain it.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Prost76
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Damon (Port Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 261 ratings