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Hill Farmstead / Mikkeller Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel)

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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged): Imperial Stout brewed with Citrus and Aged in Orange Liqueur Barrels for more than a year.

NOTE: Barrel Aged Daybreak aged in Orange Liqueur Barrels released February of 2014. BA Daybreak in 375ML bottles


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5483) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2014
375 ml bottle shared with the group. Pours dark brown/black with a small tan head. The aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, coffee wood with decent orange citrus character. The flavor has much of the same; roasted malt, coffee, chocolate wood and orange citrus. I am usually not a fan of citrus with imperial stouts, but this works pretty well in this beer. Moderate bitterness at the finish. I have the base rated just a touch higher than this, but this is another solid beer from HF.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ciocanelu (71) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 25, 2014
Wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. Only some faint citrus characteristics and some generic fruitiness. I wouldn’t have guessed it was brewed with oranges or even that it was barrel aged. Not bad in any way but felt more like a generic imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6267) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2014
Bottled. Thanks veliemboys. Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, strong sweet orange and licorice. Rich flavour of roasted malts, orange marmalade, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel sweetness and heavy salty licorice notes. Full bodied and oily mouthfeel. Heavy and a brilliant dessert.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6232) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
375 ml bottle. Bottled on 01/2014.
Pours black color with a small beige head. Vanilla and cocoa on the nose, oak, orange, malts and slight alcohol. Dry ashy chocolate on the flavor, faint coffee and cocoa, mild orange and caramel. Seems very balance despite the gimmick-y promise/warning. Very tasty.
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5703) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
37,5 cl bottle @ home, bottled 01/2014
Aroma is somewhat stale with sweet fruit marmalade notes, roastiness and hay. Flavour has sweet fruit marmalade, some ash, tobacco, roasted tones and some salty licorice. Dry and ashy but nice still.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (3782) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
375ml bottle from Mikkeller & Friends Bottleshop, Copenhagen

Bottled 01/2014 - Pours pitch black with a small bubbly head. Aroma of roasty malts, licorice, citrus, hints of marmalade and toffee. Taste is smooth, roasty and balanced with slight notes of citrus, marmalade and juicy toffee notes. Finish is smooth, silky and slightly roasty with some hints of licorice, citrus and marmalade. Quite nicely balanced and tasty imperial stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (1618) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle..Pour is dark brown with a thin tan head..Nose is orange, spice, alcohol..Tatse is orange, spice, chocolate, barrel,

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3228) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Reynolds314! Pours inky black, medium very creamy dark brown head, dissipates slowly with great lacing. ARoma is quite roasty, a bit burned and ashy, light anise and a touch of citrus. Flavor is medium sweet, quite bitter, ashy and roasty, orange notes come through mostly in the finish. Lots of hoppy bitterness kind of drowns out the citrus for me until the finish. Medium plus body, a bit hot. This is a good, not great, Impy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (379) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours pith black with a long lasting, fluffy brown head. Aroma has lots of different notes: sweet citrus or orange notes, a minty dryness, chocolate, some caramel and a good amount of roasted malts. Taste has even more of this orange flavor, that works great with the prominent dark chocolate notes. Has something almost crispy to the taste’s dryness. Overall lots of different orange notes is what makes this beer interesting. It has a full body with a medium to medium-low carbonation. Exciting and handsome looking beer!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2014
375 ml. bottle procured @ De Hopduvel. Shared with Kraddel. Looking back at notes the regular version had very little in the way of citrus which is why I supposed that they BA it on Orange Liqueur Barrel & seemingly discontinued the old version. Yet still there is little citrus going on here…. // Pours a pitch-black with a small, lovely beige head. // Nose is lovely thick roast with lots of coffee, roast, faint charcoal wood, warming liqueur, very nicely integrated, great balance. // Taste is slick roasted mocha, lots of coffee, roast, I can pick up some citrus peel but only if I try, light liquorish, melted chocolate. // Finish carries a lovely warming, high quality liqueur alcohol to it, really opens up once warmed up. // Body substantial but this feel more like a regular stout than an imperial one, this really should be way thicker. // Overall this is a very nice beer but it still feels like it could have & should have been so much more, thicker & more citrus, way more etc. Still delicious.


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