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Hill Farmstead / Mikkeller Daybreak

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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Imperial Stout brewed with Citrus at Hill Farmstead Brewery with the company, hardwork, and input of our good friend Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller. NOTE: This entry is for Daybreak batch 1 (non BA) released in 500ML bottles.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2338) - Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Kevin. Pitch black with a mostly tan & lightly gray-tinted head. A bit of legging & some timid, spotty lacing along the glass walls. Aroma has notes of creamy coffee, cocoa nibs, faint vanilla, mild bourbon, sweet graininess, & a very, very faint hint of orange peel. I mean, very faint. Seems like more of a suggestive prose coupled with the generic sweetness. Flavor contains lightly roasted malts & some of that inherent roasted & smoky campfire-like character that you get from many of Mikkeller’s Beer Geek beers. A little ashy. Citrus comes out more on the palate midway through; orange zest, orange sweetness, & even a touch of lemon rind. More sweet than tart. The citrus subsides towards the finish, leaving an aftertaste filled with nuts, wood, roast, mild smoke, & a hint of alcohol. Creamy texture. Flavor exceeds the aroma by far, but pretty solid overall.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (1523) - Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2014
500 ml bottle from Dany. Pitch black. Aroma is dark roast coffee and smoke. Super dark roasty malt, similar to George or some of the other Mikkeller imperial stouts. Taste is dark chocolate, campfire, roast, coffee, a touch of sweetness. Any other orange stout I’ve taste had way too much orange. It was too much of a dominant flavor. This however just had a touch of orange. It is blended perfectly. And works really well.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedR (1348) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Spectacular. Beautiful syrupy thick stout base, with just a hint of roastiness. The orange flavor comes through without being overwhelming or getting in the way.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4748) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle@Sad Fish tasting aka Haarlemmestraat tasting aka Elite tasting aka did Dean do something (stupid) today aka Benzais’ endless triangle travel aka Chris’ Birthday tasting: Bottle: Thanks Chris: Served in a taster: Small light brown head on top of a black colored beer. Aromas of chocolate, orange, chalk, dust, light roast and some marzipan. Flavours of orange, roast, chalk, wood roast, mocha, marzipan, chocolate and bitters. Aftertaste is roast, chocolate, marzipan, mocha and bitter. Low carbo, light watery/creamy mouthfeel, between medium to fuller bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3447) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle at Netherlands session. Pours dark brown, notes of brown sugar, chocolate, dark fruit and licorice. Notes are a little hot but balanced and rich. This one eludes me no more

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cam_Dynamite (39) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2014 Bottle bought from mane just waiting for a reason to drink. Won the north/south hockey game for the first time in 8 years. shared between north and south captains. Not at all what I expected. Great on the nose. Boozy and bourbony. Taste is quite smoky, vanilla, chocolate and a subtle booze. I like this a lot

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3519) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle with thanks to fishmich. Pours opaque black, medium dark brown head, creamy with nice lacing. Aroma is anise, roasty, lots of molasses, and some more molasses. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (901) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle from GT2 via unknown. Pours a dark brown/black, little bit of tan head. Aroma citrus, liqueur, cognac, oak, a generally boozy affair. But, what’s this? Body slightly thin, roasty, a hint of bitters, finish dark chocolate, cocoa. Nice, but wouldn’t seek it out again, despite being remarkably smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerconnaiseur (109) - BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2014
Oily with a shiny light brown head. Light aroma hints with a very mellow chocolaty palate. A tiny bit of chili, orange liquor á la grand marnier... Still very light foreplay but the aftertaste is satisfying. I appreciate its oily look and mouthfeel a lot. A timid beer with a unique flavour character.. easy digestable/palatable and wonderfully balanced with a slight alcohol touch but rich flavour. Mjam

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"had an awesome tasting last night - this was one of several VERY good brews. possibly my favorite. impy stout with citrus...came across as a good thick rich impy stout, with everything you’d want in the style, with the additional expert blending of subtle black ipa characteristics. LOVEd this beer!"


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