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Hill Farmstead Damon (Port Barrel Aged)

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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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Damon (1993-2004). The time spent with loved ones, now lost, seems to affect our mind and body perpetually: memories happen upon us, unsuspectingly, and bring about tears of 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 port barrels for more than 16 months. We still reflect, daily, upon our Damon and his scruffy chin of grey - of his loyalty and his love. Share. Consider. Enjoy... Bottled 10/2013, no ABV indicated


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Overcarbed. Gorgeous beer: thick and fluffy head leaves lace at every turn.

A bit medicinal and soy saucy. Smells & tastes overcarb'd, if that makes any sense. Port barrel shows itself in the aroma yet doesn't seep into the taste as much as I'd like. Solid, but immensely disappointing given how good regular Damon is.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5479) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2014
(375ml bottle) jet black, highly carbonated, excellent lacing. Nose of port, raisin, plastic, alcohol. Taste of apple, alcohol, port, raisin, ashy, soy sauce, Unbalanced and sweet. Ashy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1010) - New York, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle, shared by Mac, 05/31/2014. Pours black, dense tan head, fades slowly, lacing built up around the edge of the glass. Aroma is rich port, dark fruit, berries, vinous, dark chocolate, powdered vanilla, wood. Taste is sweet, dark fruit, berries and grapes, dark chocolate, lingering port. Medium body. Not my favorite stout offering from HF, but still fairly tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle at Jack the Sipper tasting, mahoosive danke’s to Leighton for liberating this goodness, 12/05/14. Black wih a dirty tan covering that retains well. Nose is roasted maltings, tangy dark fruit rub, earthy cocoa, sweet notes, port tinged, toffee fudge. Taste comprises burnt toffee, light roast, port BA licks, dark chocolate fondue, light spice, tang dark fruit rinds. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Solid impy or sure but didn’t beat the base beer for me, would perhaps benefit from a holiday in the stash?!?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (1994) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Pours a deep burnt umber with a dark khaki head that rises up three fingers. Complex aromas of dark berries, rich roasted malts, bakers chocolate, hints of tar and coconut. Palate follows the nose nicely with a huge roast quality that seems even more focused in the port barrel, deep dark blueberry undertones, layers of earthy soil and tar balance by some bittersweet chocolate. Nice carbonation keeps the flavors lively with a long roast cocoa finish. The underlying fruit character from the port treatment are mysterious and nuanced, really delicious beer !

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2014
12th May 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Big thanks to Leighton for once again bringing home the HF goodies. Opaque black - brown beer, big bubbly tan head. Smooth palate, airy and dry. Mild fine carhonation. Smooth dark malt, little licorice. Lightly bitter wood. Well buried rich coffee. Mild berry fruits. Fair bit of alcohol spice throughout. Nice beer, rich and tasty but possibly a bit young.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5353) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2014
38cl, no mention of ABV, new exclusive American brew Anno 2013, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly alcoholic/vinous/fruity, yet not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, rocky head, top class!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (4291) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle @ Jack the Sipper. Deep brown with a small head. Nose is rich coffee and cream. Coffee creamer and caramel. Ink and a bit if cocoa. Very sweet jammy chocolate donut. Pretty spicy and hot. A bit mealy, earthy. Full body and oily. Decent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle shared in London - picked up in trade! Cheers! Pours deep black with a massive, cascading brown head; looks perfect. The nose has lots of burnt toast, raisins, torched wood, old leather-bound books. Medium sweet flavor, some burnt marshmallows, more raisins, baking cocoa, strong roast, prunes. Medium to full bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with more torched wood, dried dark fruits, bittersweet baking cocoa, slight dark cherries. Rich, extremely complex, exceptionally well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6139) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2014 Bottle, gigantimus prime thanks to Leighton. It pours jet black with a thick tan head. The nose is rich, fruity, berry, jammy, port, light fruitiness, wood, vanilla, marshmallow, vanilla and candy. The taste is rich, roasty, jammy, toast, fruity, some acidity, toasty, tar, earth, tang and alcohol warmth with a dry finish. Fullish body and fine carbonation. Tasty, but the alcohol is too big a factor in this beer.


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