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Hill Farmstead Damon

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 bourbon barrels from our favorite distillery. We still reflect, daily, upon our Damon and his scruffy chin of grey – of his loyalty and his love. 27º Plato 10.5% abv

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
berntholer (1391) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2014
beige head that disappears quickly but not entirely with some lacing. coffee coloured. pours viscous, thick like motor oil. taste is boozy, solvent, vanilla, caramal, soy, hazlenut. taste is like aroma, coconut, coffee, umami. mouthfeel is very slick, almost velvet. very dense body, almost no carbonation. woah, this is stellar, so complex and intense! bottle 50cl / bd feb-’13

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rood (60) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2014
Thanks berntholer, for sharing this one. If you would like to smell & taste chocolate, praline, hazelnut, soja, vanille, coffee, this is your beer. Velvet mouthfeel. Long aftertaste. Excellent brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1462) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2015 Bottles kindly shared by Tom 10101 & JHuxley during our epic CMLSG cellar tasting - all 3 versions put next to each other. All of them have an incredibly nice balance between sweetness and roastiness which is unparallelled vs. other American BA RIS’s, which make them all great beers. - Damon: 3.9/5: subtle vanilla and cocoa in the aromas - Damon PBA;: 4.2/5: my favourite: more depth and complexity. Nose reveils cigars, leather, red fruits. Taste is roasty with a nice vinious touch of raisins. - Damon DBA 4/5: despite the fact that it is the most balanced in the nose, I think the taste is a tad bland. ------ Re-t all of them at The Ultimate Imperial Stout Tasting April 2015. Keeping scores for the PBA & BBA The DBA has aged wonderfully and is thé best A’can Stout to date for me: balanced, subtle and extremely tasteful. Upped the DBA to 4.7.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (6034) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle as shown thanks to Matt. Pours a very dark brown with medium tan head that lasts awhile. The aroma is strong roast, faint metallic, and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel with strong roast, dark chocolate, sweet malt, and light bitterness. Easy to drink, very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mortlach (1287) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 15, 2014
08/02/2014 750ml bottle shared by Theydon_Bois @ Ma che siete venuti a fà (thanks Colin!). Nera, densa, impenetrabile, bella schiuma color cappuccino, molto persistente. Naso pulito ed elegante, di enorme raffinatezza, sentori di malti tostati, cioccolato fondente, leggera vaniglia, alcol nascosto, eccellente! In bocca è vellutata e setosa al palato, morbida ed equilibrata ma al tempo stesso intensa, lunga, complessa e appagante. Note di cioccolata fondente, melassa, note legnose, finale amarognolo appena caffettoso, alcol non pervenuto. Imperial Stout sopraffina, di classe straordinaria, grazie a Colin per questa bevuta memorabile!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jool (198) - - MAR 7, 2014
Bouteille 500 mL. Noire opaque, mousse légère brunâtre. Nez de torréfaction et de bourbon. Bouche au corps dense, épaisse quasi-sirupeuse: toasts, fumée et barrique de bourbon (bourbon, vanille et chêne). Pas aussi intense qu’imaginé, ce qui est une qualité.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (1940) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2014
all the fuss over Damon, now i get what the big deal is. it really is pretty amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (4598) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle, graciously shared by AdamJackson - thanks! Pours inky black with a nice medium brown head, creamy and slow to dissipate, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Aroma is roasty, dark chocolate, notes of bourbon. Flavor follows, deeply roasty, but not burned, dark baking chocolate. Medium sweet, but well balanced by medium bitterness. Bourbon is present, but not dominant, as well as some vanilla and oak tannins. Full body, super soft and creamy mouthfeel - beers like this make me wish there was a "6" rating for palate. ABV well masked. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (12701) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle shared at Ma Che, thanks to Frank from PA for the trade, 08/02/14. Pitch black with a dirty tan swirl and edgework atop the glass. Nose is roast malt, light booze, dark toffee fudge, good bourbon twang, dark berry fruits, oaky bourbonics, rich dark chocolate. Taste comprises luxurious chocolate, well integrated bourbon, light coffee notes, molasses, dark berry fruits, brown sugars, raisens, touch of booze. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate, great feel. Excellent impy, the alcohol is well integrated and never harsh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol (977) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2014
**First and foremost, my scores reflect the times I have had this beer on-tap at the brewery events while the words reflect the bottled version.**

Thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with us last weekend, Batch #2.

A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light ring around the edge of the glass, leaving little to no lace at all on the glass.

S - Smells of warm bourbon, fudgey chocolate, vanilla, molasses, dark fruits, overly charred oak and plenty of dark roasted malt. Lots of dark aromas lurking in the shadows of this one.

T - Starts off much like the nose does with a bit sugary kick - mainly the fudgey chocolate, vanilla, molasses mixed dark fruits - quickly being joined by the smokey charred oak and base dark roasted malts. Finish is much like before with a mix of sweetness and dark roasty flavors, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate to low carbonation. Slick feel throughout, booze is hidden quite well.

O - I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Not as good as when I had it on-tap but still a very enjoyable beer. Really looking forward to trying that Double Barrel version in the near future.

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