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Hill Farmstead Damon

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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Poured from 500ml bottle from Steve Kim, the Beer Pimp. Poured on 10/8/12, International Stout Day. Pours dark brown, nearly black with tan head. Aroma is brownies, some stale coffee and dried fruit. Taste follows very closely from the nose. The bourbon is very subdued with a lot of chocolate and roasty notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (2432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2015
November 14, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2011. Received in a trade with heyta, thanks!
Black with a small dense, quickly dissipating, brown head. Aroma is sweet with bourbon, caramel, figs, blackberries, wood, dark chocolate, coffee and some spicy notes. Taste is sweet malty with a light bitterness and hints of bourbon alcohol. Finish is sweet and soft light bitterness with figs, dark sugar, dark berries, vanilla, dark chocloate, coffee and some hints of black pepper and dried chili, light alcohol notes. Full bodied, soft carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.
Great complex, imperial stout with a nice balanced bourbon character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2716) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing. Bottle 281. Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears black and opaque in the glass. Half finger dark mocha head that quickly settles into a lasting ring leaving spotty lacing behind. Smokey, roasted malt aroma with subtle barrel integration. Some toasted oak and subtle booziness with more of an oak and peaty scotch presence than sweet, boozy bourbon. There a faint malt backbone with some smoke, dark chocolate, coffee bean and oatmeal but the oak and peat notes overpower things a bit. Medium bodied with a nice smokey barrel presence that’s nicely integrated into the dark malts of the base beer. Smokey, peaty scotch flavor with toasted oak, ash, smoked meat and burnt malt along with subtle vanilla and dry oak. This is countered by a balance of sweet and roasted dark malt flavors with hints of dark chocolate, toast, coffee bean and oatmeal. Well balanced with a nicely integrated barrel presence, however, I’m getting more of a dry oak than bourbon flavor. Complex with a well masked ABV that makes it easy to drink but there’s something a touch off that i cant put mu finger on. Still, an enjoyable beer that I’m glad to have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (31473) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2015
Bottled. A black beer with a rim of brown head - sirupy thick. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, alcohol, soy sauce, and wood. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, soy sauce, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, and vanilla, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (4554) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 17, 2015
500 ml. shared bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of bourbon, malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and wood. More please!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (539) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2015
500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle # 723/864. Originally reviewed 10/29/2012. Small khaki head. Not quite inky. Wispy lacing. Smells of tons of black patent malt. Light bourbon. A big oaky presence, more than the bourbon and vanilla. Lots more barrel blends into the flavor. Bourbon is still light, but vanilla and caramel come out. Dark fruit flavor right at the front, which might be a byproduct of the alcohol and black patent malt. Lots of molasses. Gives it a bitter flavor in the back. Bitter. Not really chewy, but easy to drink at this ABV. The molasses gives it a sweet flavor that implies viscosity, without it actually being there. Second time having this it was significantly better than the first. I was also smashed the first time. It would be really good with more barrel presence.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abio (1817) - Waasland, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2015
A special occasion needs a special brew. Lovely at both smell and taste, one of the best in a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (694) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2015
Une bière noire à la mousse couleur café et onctueuse. Je dois de prime abord mentionner que Shaun m’a véritablement impressionné avec cette Impériale Stout; ce type de bière n’étant pas la spécialité de la Maison, j’ai été cette fois sidéré! Nez d’une complexité remarquable de malts fumés, de mélasse, de toffee, de caramel, d’anis et de bourbon. C’est à s’y perdre tellement c’est beau et équilibré! Les saveurs de vanille, de fruits confits et en général de gâteau aux fruits au Cognac. Prodigieuse concoction, à la fois riche, savoureuse et légère d’une des plus belles brasseries de ce monde!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Advocate_Ames (541) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Pours dark with a fine brown head that dissipates to end up hugging my glass. The aroma is of sweet bourbon, oak, chocolate, sweet malts, booze, some vanilla, and a mild fruit character. As I taste this I pick up on a full and rich body. I noticed bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, buttery caramelized candy syrup, cocoa, and dark fruit. The finish was rather nice and it was kind to my palate. Overall this beverage very enjoyable and is worth obtaining. Share with a good friend.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
Thickest black with little glint of viscosity and a thick oily battery rust orange lacing. Decadent coconut, wheatsheaf and kola cube bourbon sweetness. Lean liquorice roast throughout and softly sweet initial taste. Dank steamy choc, dark without being full clown cocoa bitterness. Neat bitterness in the back end. Smooth and creamy without being overly cloying and a nice aniseedy bitter pinch on the lift. Finish is not dissimilar, evenly paced and a linger of liquorice and roast blackcurrants. It looks the part and walks the walk, with a nice wee nudge of boozey bitterness on the fade but is subdued and more ashen than I’d hoped.

BenHs car tasting, thanks to the Birmingham stars aligning.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (3252) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
Thanks to the legends that allowed this to happen. Black with tan head. Thick aroma, molasses, wood, chocolate. Taste of salty licorice, molasses, chocolate, oak. Super sweet with a little heat. Delish

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