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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 BjergsÝ of Mikkeller. NOTE: This entry is for Daybreak batch 1 (non BA) released in 500ML bottles.

SlackerMads' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SlackerMads (2907) - - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7620) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2016
500. Pours a near-opaque black with a loose thin dark tan head. Big nutty sweet chocolatey nose, also showing coffee and roasty malts. Creamy thick body, a bit oily, with light carb. Roasty sweet nutty caramelly chocolatey mid palate. Long earthy roasty dark-chocolatey finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
varanid99 (1033) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2015
Black pour with a nice persistent tan head. Coffee, orange, vanilla and boozy aromas. Taste is slightly roasty but there is a sweet, orange, chocolate, vanilla, liqueury slightly booziness - itís really nicely balanced without anything being overwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (1425) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Originally reviewed 2/26/2012. 500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Pours with a nice mocha head. It settles into nice swirls of foam atop a black body until it finally fades into a ring. The foam clings to the glass. Iíve been reading reviews where people are saying that the orange flavor is an afterthought, but I think itís fully integrated into the stout/porter aroma. Huge hop presence, which certainly blurs the line between what is hops and what is orange, but the orange is distinct from the hops. Smells like a black IPA with a giant chocolate backbone and a nice aroma of orange peels. I taste the hop profile at first. Citrus hops. This feels like it was dry hopped like an IPA. Chocolate in the background that eventually comes to the forefront. Distinct orange flavor throughout the drink. It neither fades nor becomes more prevalent. It adds to the flavor nicely. Really terrific. Mouthfeel - Itís got a bitter finish, but itís negligible considering the hop presence of this stout. Citrus does a good job of masking the alcohol, too. This is great. Definitely something that needs to be consumed fresh. It has probably already faded, but itís still delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (2843) - GREECE - JUN 21, 2015
From old notes. From tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Black color with brown head. Roasted malty aroma, coffee, dark chocolate, fruity. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium to full almost creamy body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (2573) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle split 3 ways. Pitch black pour with a fairly generous tan head. Nose has chocolate, light roast, light orange juice and some soy sauce. No orange in the taste, medium roast, chocolate, vanilla and some ash. Really well made and delicious stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomthompson89 (1980) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
big beer!!! again shared with swoopjones. big dark pour with some nice tan head. nose is everything you would want in a stout but maybe a touch of citrus. mouthfeel is nice and the flavor is really complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2015
bottle, great stout, big roastiness, coffee, dark chocolate with a minor orange note. very complex stout that opened up nicely after warming just a bit

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - 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 Mikkellerís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (2626) - 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 Iíve 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedR (1561) - 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.

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