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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AdamJackson (2599) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Picked this up at the February Hill Farmstead Release. Paid $17 for a bottle. Poured into a Hill Farmstead Glass.

A - Deep dark pour into the glass. No head was produced at all. Looks like I’m pouring cane syrup into a glass. Nice alcohol fingers on the glass while swirling. No light comes through and the edges are a very dark amber color.

S - HUGE bourbon scent and oak barrels. Both the bourbon and barrels give up a terrific scent the lights up the nose. This is followed by roasted malts, sweet chocolate / cocoa and candied yams.

T - Three largest tastes in this beer. Bourbon, Oak, Chocolate. Everything else just fades away. I’m getting a heavy, high-cocoa fresh belgian chocolate. The wood and bourbon in this is NOT over powering and is so well balanced to a well crafted Imperial Stout.

M - A hard swish yields about 15% bubbles and the liquid mostly stays completely liquid. Heavy heavy body. The alcohol and malt just lingers for days! Exceptional.

O - This may be the best beer I’ve ever had. Nothing else to say.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (2048) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
D’une richesse biblique avec tous les attributs dont je souhaitais retrouver, cuir, tabac, charbon, fudge, cerises, caramel, vanille, coco dans une onctuosité qui me placarde le palais sans pitié. Meilleure que la version en fût dégusté au 2e anniversaire....à moins que ce soit les circonstances de la dernière dégustation qui prennent le dessus sur mon jugement?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Thick pitch-black body with a thin dark-tan head. Looks beautiful. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The nose is packed with cocoa, bourbon, wood and vanilla. Smells amazing. Roasty with a touch of booze. On the tongue its sweet bourbon and vanilla up front, but then finishes with a wave of dark chocolate and some dry, earthy, dark malt bitterness on the tail end. The 10% abv is noticeable, but doesn’t get in the way of taste or enjoyment. Very drinkable for a barrel aged imperial stout. The body is smooth and creamy with light carbonation. Overall, this is phenomenal, but Hill Farmstead never disappoints. Damon is drinking excellently now, but I’m sure it will hold up or even get better in the years to come. Beautiful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ed5388 (2089) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2013 500ml bottle (2011 bottle 721 of 864). THANK YOU SCOTT!!!! Pours a thick jet black color with no head. Aroma of strong bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Nose is definitely boozy. Taste is so smooth. Man this is delicious! Coffee, chocolate fudge brownies, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. This beer is awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jkwood04 (3943) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2012
2011 black waxed 500 mL bottle. 578/864. Thanks to Ashley and Tucker for hooking us up with this gem. Pours a viscous dark chocolate with a large, frothy yellowish light tan head. Excellent retention, fading to a collar and spotty film. Thin streaks and dots of lacing. Smooth, subtle aroma of roast malt, black licorice, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon in the finish. Flavor is sweet and smooth with a subtle blend of black licorice, bourbon, mild oak and vanilla. Incredibly balance and blend between the base stout and the barrel and well restrained alcohol presence. Medium thick, smooth body with light carbonation and an everlasting chewy, licrorice finish. Wow, Genealogy was amazing and Damon is as well. Both are distinct from most other stouts in their malt profile and while HF has not released many stouts yet, they are going to destroy this style just as they have IPAs. Boom!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcartamdg (1984) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Pours jet black with a red hue. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate malts and slight hops. Taste follows, so chewy, chocolatey and amazing. Lives up to the hype and then some. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ataraxia (369) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Opaque black, thin mocha lacing. Wonderful blend of mild bourbon, sweet chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, espresso, dark fruits, and a hint of smoke. Pleasantly bittersweet, a smidgen of stickiness, and full-bodied. Long finish that showcases the well-masked booziness. Exquisitely well-balanced overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrmartin (669) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Gloopy motor oil pour with a thick rich brown head. The nose holds huge bourbon vanilla notes with sweet mocha, a hints of booze, and a load of chocolate. The flavor is truly mindblowing: milk chocolate and cocoa nibs swirl together with caramel and backstrap molasses to creating a sweet swirling torrent of Imperial Stout glory. A hint of drier, more roasty notes come through near the end, with bakers chocolate and roasted malts. Exceptionally smooth and balanced for a style that often goes over the top with over zealous barreling. The palate is ultra thick and ultra rich with low carbonation and a heavy velvety texture. The finish is sweet with a hint of balancing roast. Superlative.

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