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Hill Farmstead Birth of Tragedy

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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
2011: Imperial version of Twilight of the Idols brewed with coffee and spices, aged in Bourbon Barrels. ABV varies by vintage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (4068) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is roast malts chocolate coffee some herbal notes molasses bourbon barrel. Taste is more of the sweetness roast malts chocolate coffee vanilla milk chocolate and a nice rich bourbon barrel end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (2431) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2015
November 3, 2015. Bottle at home, bottled october 2013. Received in a trade with Leighton, thanks!
Black with a small, quite fizzy, brown head. Aroma is plum, bourbon, sherry, dried fruits, milk chocolate, notes of coffee, vanilla, charred wood and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is sweet dark fruits with a soft bitterness. Finish is sweet with plum, vanilla, milk chocolate, hints of figs, soft bitter with notes of cold pressed coffee and light roastiness. Medium to full bodied, very soft small bubble carbonation, creamy, oily texture.
Very good and quite complex imperial porter with subtle barrel notes. Perhaps on the sweeter side, could do with just a touch more bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (8085) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours black with a ring beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, fudge, caramel, chocolate, malt, light coffee and spicy peppery notes. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Light full bodied with a slightly thick mouthfeel, alcohol warmth and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (1141) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to Hallinghansen in the line for Blåbær Release 2015. Pours a pitch black with a small, tan head. Aroma has lots of bourbon, but in a slightly different way. More minty and fruity. Roasted malts and caramel. Taste is very sweet, lots of oak, complex, different malt profile. COffee roasty bitter finish. Sticky body and low carbonation. Not bad!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
aleigator (550) - GERMANY - OCT 12, 2015
Birth of tragedy ’15 vintage Pours a night black color, with a decent beige head, which collapses to formable swirls of lacing, coating up the side of the glass. Consists of a nose, which comes beautifully together, defined by earthy coffee, toffee malts, coconut and oaky, warm Bourbon. All the different aromas stand out on their own, while blending flawlessly together, with wild honey on top, adding a glazed, sweet aspect to the mix. Bourbon is certainly noteable, while not over the top at all, accentuating the other aspects of the beer. Drinks amazingly smooth and fairly easy, based on its actual abv, while its lower carbonation opens up the palate to sweet honey very effectivly. Doesn’t have a thick mouthfeel as bcbs, while it drinks almost smoother. There is toffee, earthy, bitter coffee, gently wrapped up by wood embraced Bourbon, coconut and wild honey to complete the taste. I am honestly blown away by the outstanding balance of this, while every flavor is easily recognizable on its own, they all seem to benefit from each other, by enhancing each others appearance on the palate. The Bourbon provides a pleasant warmth during the beers finish, easily balanced by slick honey, producing a melting caramel, glazed sugar impression, adding to the toffee, creating the most enjoyable, natural sweetness you could ever wish for. A real treat, much more than I expected it to be. The flavors come beautifully together, tied together by a balance and smoothness which almost puts Bourbon County to shame, and that at a considerable lower abv. Honey and Bourbon create a incredibly synergy, making up for the lack of roastieness by providing the most enjoyable sweetness I experienced in a beer so far, which makes this perfect for a cold winter night, as well as for every other night in which you want to drink an exeptional beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mr_Abner (263) - Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle (dated 10/2013). Pours black with an ample mocha head that eventually fades to a 1/4’’ ring around the glass, where it stays until its gone. Smells of bourbon, roasted malts, oak, some alcohol apparent after it warms. A medium+ sweetness balanced by a medium bitterness. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, light bourbon. Full bodied; thick and lightly creamy; below average carbonation. Really a wonderful mouthfeel. Moderately bitter finish. An exceptional beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTheRick (730) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2015
D’un noir sans équivoque, une mousse brunâtre pas très généreuse se pose doucement sur la bière. De la vanille, du chocolat au lait, du nougat, un peu de bois imbibé d’alcool, c’est définitivement un bouquet qui me plaît. Heureusement, l’idylle se répète en bouche, ces saveurs étant enveloppées d’une chaleur alcoolisée et sucrée réconfortante. Une texture veloutée qui me fait fondre à chaque gorgée. Je me visualise dans un chalet, sur le bord d’un feu ardent, par une froide soirée d’hiver à siroter ce nectar divin. Superbe.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michcam8 (417) - Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2015
Thanks Shawn! Pours a very dark ruby, almost black color with little to no head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, bourbon, roasted malts, booze and doughy bread. Taste is a little muted on the aroma, which isn’t bad, as I do not pick up much detection of alcohol. Medium mouthful, silky smooth, easy drinking for the high ABV. Could use a little more carbonation. Overall, excellent beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
njager246 (678) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2015 Bottle @ bells 30th pre party, aroma is bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, and malts, taste is out of this world chocolate, vanilla, borbon, soy, some sweetness and oak, damn, doesn?t get much better than this!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1517) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 8, 2015
Black with a light brown head. Faint vanilla, bourbon notes, a bit flat in the end and in dimensional

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