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Hill Farmstead Damon

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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (5944) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to another group at Local Option, Chicago. Pours near black with a small brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roast, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, molasses, toffee licorice and some dark overripe fruit. Flavour is light heavy sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Really good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmgreenuk (5225) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle courtesy of some random fellow beer geeks in Local Option, Chicago. Thanks! Poured a deep mahogany with a rich oily consistency. The aroma is rich liqourice bitter with lots of roasted malt and alcohol. The flavour is strong bitter with a rich roasted malt liqourice alcohol raisin fruit palate. A real whale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (3754) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle with a date of 08-2013. Used motor oil color with little wisps of tan head. The brew actually looks like an oil spill in the snifter. Translucent sheen on the top of the stout. Aroma starts with bourbon, oak and vanilla, chocolate and rich deep roasted malts. Damn, the flavor is like drinking a chocolate cake soaked in smooth bourbon. Chocolate cake batter upfront, anise and light hints of coffee… all the while a nice smooth bourbon nuance in the finish. The texture is slick and oily which is consistent with the motor oil look in the glass. Leaves a slick, sticky feel on the tongue. Slight warming sensation after the sip, yet no intense burn, real mild. If Mr. Hill release this again next year, I sugeest you take a drive to HFS and stand in line for six hours to get this. Or don’t because that means I will get through the line faster. Awesome is an understatement.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deekyn (1304) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 A- pours an opaque deep cola brown with a thin head of medium tan head. Good lacing. S- strong bourbon nose coupled with vanilla, molasses, burnt sugar and marshmallows creme. Some graham crackers, roasted malts. Charcoal and earth. Hoppy in the back end. M- full oily palate with a medium smooth body. Good carbonation. T- starts with metallic vanilla and bitter dark chocolate. Roasted caramel and coconut, molasses, espresso, chocolate covered cherries in the middle. Dry earth and vegetal malts. Some hop notes follow, with grass and mild soap. Ending is alcohol and bitter chocolate that lasts. Solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrmartin (733) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2013
A wonderful imperial stout. Strong rich bourbon nose. Black pour with thin bright brown head Soft light body, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts semisweet soft finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jkwood04 (4301) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 18, 2013
500ml bottle In a tulip. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma or roasted malts, bourbon and oak and vanilla, coffee and dark chocolate, and some dough. Flavor the same with a lot of dark malts and good bourbon. Thick. A great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Deep brown almost black. Thin tan head, flavor and smell of oak, bourbon and malt. Light char from barrel, needs a few months of aging

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (4919) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2013
pours black with a nice crema head, good retention and lacing. burnt hazelnuts, dark woodsy notes, dark fruitiness - bit of raisins, bit of maple and perfume, some sweetness, pinch of bourbon vanilla, bold resin and roasted acidity. moderate to low carbonation, medium to full body - oily, yet not sticky, slightly boozy, assertive peppery-resinous finish. very nice ris - did prefer double barrel tho.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7041) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 500 ml bottle shared by a dude at the SIde Project release bottle share- thanks again, Jeff! Pours a deep brown color with a minimal head. Pretty warm in both the aroma and flavor, with a lot of bourbon, molasses, oak, dark chocolate, caramel, roast, and brown sugar. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a boozy, warm, coating mouthfeel. Nice imperial stout. Far more aggressive than other HF offerings. Re-Rate: 2011 and 2013 side-by-side. 2011 is better, and for the reasons I stated above: really distinct, rich barrel treatment, and one that doesn’t seem to have fallen off with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mathieuc (1658) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2013
Pour is black with a deep brown head that leaves nice lacing patterns. At first I could only smell some heavy alcohol notes, much akin to smelling rubbing alcohol, but as the glass progressed I could pick up some nice woody, bourbony, vanilla notes. Taste is sweet but not too much with nice coffee, chocolate and caramel flavors. Mouthfeel is creamy, soft and almost oily. Great one for sure! Of course the double barrel treatment was a notch over this one, though. (stating the obvious)

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