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Hill Farmstead / Mikkeller Daybreak

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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2345) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Black in colour with medium carbonation. Malty aromas of Whoppers chocolate candies, orange peel, and a bit of booze. Huge clear chocolate flavor, along with notes of coffee, roast, caramel, and smoke. Heavy bodied. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirLimpsalot (3808) - SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2012
@ Mikkeller Bar: Tydliga rostade toner, lakrits, kaffe, malt - ganska het eftersmak. Helt ok

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2012
pour is jet black with creamy dark caramel head. Nose is heavier on the roast coffee, light vanilla and some touch of milk chocolate, light cherry and fair bit of citrus takes over. Body is thick, very heavy and creamy, taste is heavy roast coffee with notes of peat. There is some milk chocolate mid palate and faint sweetness in back and a slowly increasing citrus very powerful in back. It’s almost like a loaded hop stout with assertive carbonation and a dry, slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SlackerMads (2866) - DENMARK - NOV 19, 2012
Pitch black with thick lasting dark brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malt a little coffee and a citrus note making the aroma a little lighter. Soft, smooth velvety mouthfeel. Taste has notes of chocolate, soft roasted malt. Soft, soft oily chocolate and caramel. Dry finish, but still a soft mouthfeel. Citrus burps! Damn nice. Instant favourite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Bottle at a recent bottle share... Poured dark black with a mild forming, light brownish/tan head. Moderate mouthfeel, not too thick. Notes of chocolate and orange zest along with roasted malts, dark cocoa, coffee, and toasted bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (7772) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2012
On tap at Mikkeller Bar, November 2012. Black with a medium, tan head. Not as heavy as expected, some notes of earth in this one. Also roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate. The finish was bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2012
Draft at Mikkeller Bar, Black Sensation. Pitch black one with a huge brownish head. Fruity, rich aroma - less roast than expected, but very complex nose. Fat and velvety texture, slightly boozy, tobacco note, lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2012
Draft at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. First beer of Day 2. Pours thick black with a sturdy, dark brown foam head. Rich dark chocolate nose, hints of orange citrus. Rich flavor, medium to big sweetness without being syrupy, some burnt chocolate, light roasty earth and faint tobacco, fair roasty bitterness. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Quite dry and bitter on the finish, perhaps on account of some orange rind. Nice, lasting baking cocoa character. The beer doesn’t weight heavily on the tongue like so many impy stouts, which is an accomplishment. Well rounded beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Bottle from a guy on BA - thanks! Black pour with a nice froth of dark tan foam that hangs in there for some time. Aroma is dry chocolate, roast, light char, bit of spice (could be the citrus), pine, and more light roast through the finish. Very tight aroma profile. Taste is chocolate and roast with spiced citrus and pine. There is also bitter coffee and deep down below some darker fruit. Clean, dry mouthfeel. Very nice imperial stout that is dry and clean and the citrus is a nice twist that plays well off the hops and roast. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2012
50cl, new exclusive American collab. brew Anno 2011, with oranges, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly spicy/fruity, not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, good head, very good brew, yet very expensive!

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