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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (6194) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (5760) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cam_Dynamite (118) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (6730) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (988) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerconnaiseur (166) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (10140) - 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!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2633) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Tasted on 2/8/14 from a 500mL bottle at the RBWG Grand Tasting, huge thanks to jackl for sharing!! Pours opaque dark brown with an average brown head that leaves an average collar of lace. The nose is dark chocolate orange, just like the orange chocolates from around Easter, with a touch of molasses and vanilla. The flavor is just like one of those Easter chocolates with all of the bitter dark chocolate up front and zesty orange on the back of the palate. The body is full with light carbonation and a long bitter dark chocolate and orange candy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor ;) Pours black with a filthy tanned head - swirl this one for days. Nose is quite vanilla dominant - not an awful lots of citrus but dry cocoa and earthy make up for it. Sweet vanilla and white choc run through the taste with a slight juicy mouthfeel. Something unusual for an imp. stout. Nutty finish to balance out with the sweetness. 10% hidden accordingly. Does become evident as it warms but that adds to the character of the beer. Great stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle with a big thanks to Lukey. Pours black with a dirty khaki head which sits and swirls around like it should. Nose has that familiar vanilla strain I only find in the absolute top class stouts. Can’t say there is much citrus there but the earthiness and dry cocoa feel to this one is very appealing. Kind of a juiciness in the taste which adds something different while a sweet vanilla and white chocolate strain runs through the middle. Sweet but it goes well with a nuttiness throughout. Very creamy body and you can’t tell this is 10%. As it warms the booze comes out a little more but in that nice way where booze warms the inside like a good scotch. Classy stuff

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