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Hill Farmstead / Mikkeller Daybreak

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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Bottle via a trade. Pours with a huge, viscous black body with a deep brown head and some insane lace. Aromas are herbal, chocolate, ashy, light citrusy notes, big roast, coffee, medium hops, deeply malty, bready and rich. Flavors are medium citrus, nearly citra like, papaya, tropical fruit, medium chocolate, roast, coffee. Lightly grassy hoppy notes. Passionfruit. Medium bubbles, fuller bodied, rich, chocolaty and warming. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (1112) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2012
Thanks to Fredrik for bringing this! This thing pours black with a brown head. Aroma has alot of that fruity coffee, alot of orange peel is in the front, soem deep dark chocolate, hops, roasted malts, sweet liquorice, dark dried fruits, cocoa, vanilla and a bit of that porter earthyness. Taste is very roasted with some fruity hops actually, orange peel in front, fruity coffee, some porterish earth and a bit salty spicy feel to it aswell.. Very good and special porter!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NosirIwont (1962) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - APR 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a thick brown head. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet, roasted and dusty with vanilla and a citrus overtone. Flavour is somehwat tart, sweet and roasted. Dry, bitter and roasted finish with notes of alcohol. Overall well-made and good, but not all the way up there. 30.03.12.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4873) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2012
50cl bottle pours an oily, opaque black with some clumpy, white head. Coffee aroma, nutty, brown sugar, dark chocolate, raisins. Flavor has expresso beans, raisins, ancho chile, dark chocolate, some orange peel, some burnt caramel, toast. Full bodied, oily but dry finish. Good coffee flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 1, 2012
UPDATED: APR 2, 2012 Bottle at tasting, thanks to jedwards for sending this across the pond. As soon as you pour is and the head starts to rise, the Mikkeller influence unveils - just a rock solid light brown head with tiny bubbles, very dense. The aroma reveals a lot of chocolate and citrus, citrus zest, roasted malts, black olives, fruity coffee, sweet liquorice, a bit hoppy with Columbus and Galaxy notes. The taste is awesome!! Very roasted and coffee bitter is the first impression. And not just random roasted coffee notes - it’s a very delicate cocktail of roasted malts, coffee, and sweet chocolate, masterfully done! Then the citrus and hop presence start to blossom - juicy citrus, both fruity and hoppy. Well-attenuated with a dry finish, hoppy bitterness and coffee after taste. Solid and very well-made citrus forward imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has notes of chocolate, caramel, oats, lemon, roasted malts, citrus fruits, and oranges. Nice. Pitch black with an average light tan hue that mostly diminished and left okay lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Overall a really good beer that exceeded my expectations. Rich, complex and sexy. Everything an Impy should be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2012
500ml bottle courtesy of CypherEnigma. thanks, Zach! pours an inky, rich, deep black capped by a thick, creamy, dark beige head that leaves beautiful, sticky, dripping rings of lace. aroma is absolutely fantastic with huge notes of cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and roasted mocha espresso backed by lovely notes of orange peel, orange jelly candy slices, and subtle caramel that evolve into notes of smoke, and nutty earth as it warms. flavor is spectacular as well with rich, dark, bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, licorice, and dry orange citrus peel up front that transition into beautifully sweet notes of toffee, mocha cappucino, cream, and toasted brownies with just a hint of peppery spice on the finish. palate is sublimely smooth, almost creamy, with perfect carbonation and a lingering, roasted, dry, and semi-sweet chocolate finish. overall, an absolutely fantastic imperial stout that competes with the best of the best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (5334) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Bottle with Pat and Mike. Pours a thick, deep black body with no head and some restricted chocolate brown lacing. Aroma is light espresso, milk chocolate, light roast, and faint citrus in the way back. Delicate and smooth mouthfeel with notes of creamy chocolate, sweet to mild coffee roast, some musky oak, and a touch of citrus. Hopefully I can get my hands on another bottle of this, a truly wonderful stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arkurzynski (1520) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Mini from FlandersNed - thanks. Deep black with thin, yellow-tan head that persists. Aroma of smooth cocoa, light vanilla, and at the end, faint citrus zest. Flavor is beautifully layered roast malt that starts cocoa, then coffee, then semi-sweet chocolate. Some citrus acidity/flavor at the end. Lingering cocoa/roast malt. Has a solid presence on the palate. No alcohol. If I didn’t know this had citrus, not sure if I could pick it out, but enough to add complexity. Base beer is obviously a winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94: Pours an oily opaque with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose with a subtle citrus character. Starts with a rich dark caramel and chocolate sweetness with some roasted, smoky coffee notes and mild orange citrus character before a slightly drier, smooth and complex bittersweet finish. An enjoyable and unique imperial stout.

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