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Hill Farmstead Damon (Port and Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 4.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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Bottled 05/2013: "Imperial Stout aged in Port & Bourbon barrels Damon (1993-2004). The time spent with loved ones, no lost, seems to affect our mind and body perpetually: memories happen upon us, unsuspectingly, and bring about tears and fond remembrance. Damon was our brother - devout and patient in an age of busyness and distraction. In his honor, we crafted and conditioned this Imperial Stout in both Bourbon and Port Barrels for more than 2 years. We still reflect, daily, upon our Damon and his scruffy chin of grey - of his loyalty and his love. Share. Consider. Enjoy.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (4285) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Bottle shared at the 2014 tasting in the Cellar of Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Pours near black with a ring beige head. Aroma of light roast, fudge, bourbon, vanilla and molasses. Flavor is heavy sweet and light heavy bitter. Thick and smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Amazing!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourefragile (136) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2014
Thanks to Starr for sharing a bottle. Pours a dark viscous black with a trace amount of tan bubbles forming a ring against the glass. Caramel fruit, milk chocolate, molasses and light roast with the port barrel taking the lead at the time of trying this bottle. Silky body with low carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (2915) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a motor oil with paperthin tan head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong burnt malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee. Thick mouthfeel with rich roasted malt, dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Wow, blown away by this one. Miles away from the port and regular. Really enjoyed this.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ICEatALAMO (873) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle. The pour is dark. The nose is very nice, sweet bourbon. The taste is nice and smooth, just the right mix of bourbon. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Black pour with a fluffy tan head. Huge vanilla bourbon,, dark fudge, and roasty cocoa nib give way to espresso char, dark fruits, and boozy accents. Thick, rich, and velvety with a warming finish. Massive, but very approachable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggsbowler (180) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle - Pours a dark brown, little head. The nose was a weird combination of port and oak fighting for dominance and neither winning. The taste was much better. A little fudgy, vanilla, dark chocolate and dark fruit. This isnít as good a regular Damon.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
seth_lfod (322) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Thanks again to Bryan and James for this. Black pour with no head. Smell is dark fruits, very port forward, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is very vanilla, slight bourbon, raspberry, port, chocolate. Thinner that I expected, but then again I have this after Struise double black. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (2717) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2014
375 bottle shared by Adam, thanks man. Very low carbonation with no little head that died fast. Real oily texture. Nose is nice for sure. Blackberries, chocolate, red grape and hints of bourbon vanilla. Flavor is rich without a doubt. This original Damon has a grapey port wine note upfront, with the rich chocolaty stout base. Huge port influence. Like drinking chocolate dipped red grapes. Full bodied. Low carbonation. Very oily /slick mouthfeel. The carbonation could be a bit higher but doesnít really hurt it overall. Still a great BA stout.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (2100) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottled 05/2013 and acquired in a nice sunny day in August among friends. Stored upright @ 55F in my basement and then opened with Chris in a random Saturday.

A - I would say this beer looks slightly more oily & black and regular damon. A velvet sheen / shine that lets you know shit is about to get real. Itís hard to get any head to form even with a vigorous pour but the alcohol legs that form on the swirl are another reminder that this is going to be a memorable here.

S - Having only had bourbon Damon, itís definitely all Damon with that vanilla, coconut and charred oak bourbon but then the sweet tawny porto wine, vinous, tannic and acidic are also on the nose. Both really come through in a big way to hold up the chocolate, wood, blackberries and creamy yogurt. The easiest nose is straight up licorice on a first sniff.

T - This is just really interesting. Chocolate, brownies, figs and blackberries. The most dark fruit salad forward stout Iíve ever had. Molasses and other syrups come through as well. All of the awesome bourbon characteristics are here as well. Very grapey the port characters really come through stronger than bourbon however, Iím sensitive to wine and tannic qualities and drink a lot less port than bourbon so that obviously hits me stronger. All of the sweet & roasted characters of Damon shine through perfectly.

M - Thin, oily and sweet finish. Not a lot of carbonation which is disappointing. Still a great beer and one that I look forward to trying again in a few months or even a year.

O - So putting DB Damon among all of the other dark beers? Itís hard to say sort of like in my review of Ann. Itís way better than Anna but among the other wine barrel aged saisons from HFS, itís just on-par. This is a great beer, low bottle count, high cost so makes for great trade bait for some of you but I think this beer is best split with one friend, at cellar temp and allowed to warm and once you finish it, open up an Everett and maybe making a grilled cheese sandwich while the snow falls. To be enjoyed, not cherished, DB Damon is a solid beer.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (8539) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle... Pours Hunahpuís black with no head. The aroma is a fusion of mocha, burnt malt, fruity liquor and straight ethanol. Medium to full-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and mild carbonation. The flavor is acrid, singed and deeply carbonic. Finishes lightly tart and deeply roasty. Another Hill Farmstead brew that pulls up just short of being world class due to a lack of body. Hello? Thickening grains or sugars? Please? Still, very enjoyable. Sometimes I think Iíd complain about a Picasso. Bottle courtesy of ctipping!


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