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Hill Farmstead / Mikkeller Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel)

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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged): Imperial Stout brewed with Citrus and Aged in Orange Liqueur Barrels for more than a year.

NOTE: Barrel Aged Daybreak aged in Orange Liqueur Barrels released February of 2014. BA Daybreak in 375ML bottles

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfroms (386) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep faintly amber espresso color with a small dense head the color of burnt toffee. Aroma is quite rich with bitter chocolate and faint orange and yuzu zest leading the way along with roasted barley, cocoa, oak, and herbal vermouth-like fumes. Taste is bitter chocolate with bright acidity, almost like Central American coffee, along with red wine, faint orange liqueur, tobacco, and wood. Very dry and elegant. I donít get a ton of citrus here and to me, thatís a good thing. Mild toasted marshmallow sweetness. Medium to light palate for the style but with an oily smoothness. Intense and austere stuff Ė very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4184) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle... Poured jet black with a thin head. Strong roast and char characters, earthy oak, bread-like grains, and dark chocolate. A hint of citrus/orange popped in too. Seems like most of the barrel chardcter dropped out now but whatís left is a pretty amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (12259) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle shared at the July 2014 chriso tasting - London. Pours black-brown with a lasting, frothy beige head - looks outstanding. The nose holds lots of charred wood, dirt, milk chocolate, burnt cereal. Medium sweet flavor with scorched earth bitterness, ripe fruits, old leather, oily chocolate. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation and creamy texture. Nicely balanced to close, with more charred wood, oily fruits, baking cocoa, strong roast. Solid. Good depth, great balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luk_ (217) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle. Tried when it was release and a year after, ratings is for the aged bottle. Black pour with small head. Aroma is straightforward: chocolate, roasted malt, citrus and oak. The orange liqueur barrel is more present in the taste and it makes the beer sweeter. There is roasted malts and citrus but it has faded a bit. It was slightly better when fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (4254) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2014
375ml bottle. Opaque, jet black colour with small to average, thick, creamy, more than half-way lasting, moderately lacing, ochre-brown head. Intense roasty dark malty aroma, notes of coffee and dark chocolate, citrusy hop notes, very cautious hints of orange liqueur (Grand Marnier), interspersed with alcoholic, husky, resolvent (if not hooch) hints. Taste is roasty dark malty, sweet chocolately, minimally nuttily, hints of Grand Marnier, orange, bitter orange, booze. Way too alcoholic, a sweet, orange flavoured pralinť.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vells (775) - Riga, LATVIA - DEC 26, 2014
Feels quite silky smooth with quite intense roasted malt notes, lovely choco notes, cocoa nibs. Canít catch a lot of orange nor liqueur barrel, more like dried fruits, some raisins. Orange with some bit weird very light acidic sourness comes lingering only in finish, but anyways - I feel it bit lacks in body or in aftertaste. Very decent and enjoyable, but..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrew_drinks (169) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle at home. Dark black pour, light tan head. Aroma of orange liqueur, zest, chocolate orange, espresso. Fine carbonation, oily in the mouth. Flavour is rich dark chocolate, oranges, some mixed spice, slight booze, long bitter chocolate finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3322) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle cheers to Lukey boy for sharing his birthday gift from us. Fuck me this is a cracker, much better than the standard version. The nose is loaded with vanilla and cocoa before a fair amount of orange comes to play. Has hints of raspberry and black cherry in there too giving it that sort of fruitcake appeal. The taste is loaded with dark chocolate and orange - very reminiscent of orange flavoured dark chocolate. Some more cherry and dark fruit focus but itís all about the orange and chocolate here. Works a treat. Full mouth feel with no hint of the booze. A fine beverage

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (7000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle at Andyís for game day. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. A hint of wood on the nose, touches of citrus, chocolate and cocoa. Medium to thick bodied, roast and cocoa, chocolate, roast. Long cocoa and chocolate, warm vanilla. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5303) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2014
25/X/14 - 37.5cl bottle @ The Autumn Gathering formerly known as RBBAG Mons (Gent) - BB: n/a bottled: 1/2014 (2014-1260) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, small irregular beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of vanilla, caramel, roasted, alcohol, bit dusty, smoky. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sourish, caramel, sweet, caramel, mocha, cocoa powder, dark chocolate. Aftertaste: alcohol, sourish touch, coffee grit, more alcohol, bitter hoppy, some banana peel. Decent but not as impressive as I would have hoped. Didnít get much of the orange liqueur.

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