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Damon (Port Barrel Aged) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Damon (Port Barrel Aged)Damon (Port Barrel Aged)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
234
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
28.71%
 
 
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled 10/2013
Opened 06/05/2016
properly stored, super complex, mouth was awesome! This was an overall awesome brew!

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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into some HF stemware. Pitch black with nearly an inch of creamy head, a darker shade of tan. Lingers for quite a while, clinging to the glass with each sip. Really is a gorgeous beer. The nose is nice, but fairly subtle. Picking up the port treatment, some roasted malts, some dark chocolate notes as well. Taste is much bolder than the nose - port, roasted coffee, dark malts, some dark fruit flavors, bittersweet chocolate. Dry throughout, with a very slight fruity and tart tinge on the finish, especially as it warms. Really like what the port barrels have done here! Nice texture, creamy and coating in the mouth...lighter, but very adequate carbonation. Great beer, def recommended.

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375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Glass-staining. Big khaki head. Hefty collar.

Smell - Chocolate covered cherries. Vinous red wine. Dark roasted chocolate malts.

Taste - Not anywhere near as good. Red wine. Chalky and a little metallic. Intense roasted malts. Bitter coffee. Very chocolatey.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Boozy. Oaky.

Overall - The smell is quite outstanding, but the flavor doesn't follow suit. Really improves as it warms, though.

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Reviewing the Port Damon from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro, Vermont.

Score: 86

2013 vintage bottle served in a stemmed "blackjack" tulip and enjoyed on 02/11/2014.

Appearance: Pours a black color with less than a finger of dark khaki head, which slowly settles to a thin layer. Good lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Chocolate, grape/port, and oak. Simple, but nice. 4/5

Taste: Tannic oak and lots of port flavor with a little tartness/berry flavor. Chocolate underlies. A little fruit on the finish too. Average integration. Simplistic, without shining in any of it limited dimensions. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low (but appropriately so) carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. 4.25/5

Overall: A bit to astringent and oak-forward for my taste. Definitely a step back from bourbon barrel Damon in my opinion.

Cost: $15 for a 375 ml bottle.

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Damon (Port Barrel Aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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