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RATINGS: 161   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.

   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 (5213) - 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 (1461) - 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 (7129) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Pours opaque with a large, creamy brown head with medium retention and good lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast, coffee and smoke malt, light citrus, wood and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, chocolate and smoke, citrus and light hops with medium bitterness, and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
tap and bootle. def a beer to drank fresh. oranges seem to be fallin off rapidly from when on tap at the brewery to a bottle a couple months later. on tap at release awesome potent fresh juicy oranges atop a beautiful roasty dark chocolate cocoa. real nice. orange fadin fast. in bottle a few months later big dark chocolate creamy. sweet. pretty solid. light tropical fruit note. good. best fresh fo sho.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 8, 2012
50cl bottle. Smallish brown head atop black body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, roast/coffee, bittersweet/milk chocolate, some earthy, light grapefruit. Taste is sweet, bittersweet chocolate, roast/coffee, some chocolate syrup, grapefruit/earthy, light plum, alcohol warming. Sticky full body, light creaminess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14304) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2012
24th February 2012
Bottle shared with the Kernel crew. Dark brown beer, opaque. Little tan head. Light soft dry palate. Creamy dark malt, a little roast. Well integrated dark marmalade and citrus. Mild lacto. Really well joined up. Wasn’t sure that this would work but the dark malt and marmaladey citrus are good bedfellowes. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 29, 2012

Bottle 500ml. @ [ Fastelavn Smagning - Carnival Tasting - Ulfborg ].

[ Courtesy of yespr ]. Clear dark brown colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, dark chocolate, strong coffee, dark dried fruit, alcohol. Flavour is light heavy sweet and bitter with a long long duration, chocolate, dark dark malts. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120218]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (5941) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
500mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany!), pours jet black with a medium tan head. Aroma of intense dark roasted malt above anything, with espresso, and dark chocolate, and slight hints of the citrus - but the intense roast dominates the nose. Flavour of intense roast, more roast and even more roast - some burnt espresso beans, maybe some chocolate cake, and some subtle citrus hints on the finish along with more roast (this sort of reminds me of G.D. Yeti). This is pretty much everything I love in an impy stout. Extremely full-bodied, rich and even harsh (in a good way). Absolutely beautiful concoction.

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