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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
reggiedunlop (3671) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Pours a dark chocolate color with ruby hues and a thick mocha head...beautiful lacing and retention! Aroma is subdued a bit but has light roastiness, coffee notes, and soft citrus notes...refreshing. flavor has citrus up front that gives way to coffee, chocolate, hints of dark fruit, and great roastiness...very tasty! Mouthfeel is full and creamy and the finish lingers with dark chocolate...not bitter. This beer is amazing! Thanks Shannon and Isaac!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, California, 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2013
Thanks to Travlr for sharing this one. 50 cl. bottle sampled. Exited to actually try Hill Farmstead & itís a ďcollabĒ with Mikkelller. + itís an RIS with citrus, would love to see more stouts with fruits. Pours standard black with a mocha head. Sweet mocha, creamy nose, light bitterness, light touch of roast, touch hop, vanilla, milk chocolate. Taste is milk chocolate, light herbs, moderate bitter roast, milky, touch sweet creamy, fruity but not specifically picking up citrus, maybe a light touch of peel if I wanted to, would have like more but this is pretty good as it is now, light dark fruits, vanilla, light hop, light caramel. On the medium side body-wise for a stout but easy to drink. Hard to form a definite opinion of a brewery from just one beer & hype is just that, hype aka nonsense. This was a very lovely beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2012 On tap at hill farmstead fall festival, one Of The creamiest richest imperial stouts Iíve ever had. Very roasted with a malty finish. Perfect brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reynolds314 (3328) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2011
On draft at the Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival. The surprise of the day for me. This is one of the best beers Iíve ever had. Pours jet black with a brown head. Thick and creamy in the glass and leaves a translucent brown film anywhere it touches. Taste is very full and rich with strong coffee, burnt toast, chocolate, and a nice late caramel sweetness that is welcomed in such a roasty beer. Glad I got to try it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 29, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 500mL thanks to oteyj. The pour is ink generating a massive, deep mocha head. Thick, dense, fine bubbles. Huge, hilarious retention. This is what I envision for 5/5 imperial stout appearance. Huge sheets of lace. Nose right out front is really impressive: rich citrus hoppiness, crisp chocolate orange, rich cinnamon truffle, cinnamon graham cracker, Mexican hot chocolate, spicy dark chocolate with ancho chilies. Hot damn. Very complex- a nose to savor and to allow decanting/breathing. Taste is ultra silky, drier, lots of Mexican hot chocolate, bitter dark chocolate. Very easy to drink. Sort of like melted dark chocolate. Thick dark chocolate with ancho chilies. Great stuff- very rich. Easy to drink with so much heavy chocolate. Doesnít have the real big hoppiness I was expecting and not a lot of real orange character...but whatever the oranges have done they were a huge success- just not readily obvious. 11/29/2011 8/5/8/5/16=4.2

500mL thanks to ygtbsm94. Pours a deep near black topped by a dense, reddish mocha foam. Dense and rocky. Nose is superlative Mexican hot chocolate with ancho chili, waxy cocao bitterness, small sugar, no orange adjunct, thick melted dark chocolate. Amazing aroma. Taste is ultra waxy dark chocolate, melted hot chocolate, superlative silkiness with ultra bitter chocolate for balance. Easy 5 for palate. 9 for nose. 9 for taste. Unreal imperial stout. Probably the best imperial stout that has ever been made- just donít tell anyone. Ridiculous. Easily the best RIS Iíve ever had. Superlative in all details. 3/11/2012 9/5/9/5/18=4.6

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Huge, HUGE thanks to oteyj for procuring this badass bottle at the release!! Black as night pour with a stunning head that is extremely creamy but also holds a beautiful dense bubbly aesthetic. Nose is absolutely outrageous; the over-generalized analysis would be a roasted chocolate orange, but itís so much more nuanced than that. The main components feature luscious milk chocolate, smooth and silky cream qualities, latte, and just the slightest touch of bitter espresso. This blends with a subtle but gorgeous ashen and charred presence, as one likely found in their first imperial stout, Genealogy. The citrus notes, as would seem appropriate per the label, holds solid right in the center of all of this black, dark goodness. The flavor is similarly freakish; the ultra-sweet milk chocolate tastes almost exactly like the center of a true truffle, like one you would get slightly off the beaten path from the Grand Place in Brussels, with the shaved dark chocolate on top. This melds with an absolutely delightful mocha, latte, and creamy component, and in the flavor this is where the orange mixes in, as a welcomed, daring, and unique citrus twist to both of these sweet components. The bitter roast becomes more prevalent near the finish, with a stupendously dry ending that doesnít quite breach the realm of chalkiness. The palate is just stupid; ultra creamy, like a chocolate/vanilla/orange cream milkshake. This beer is awesome. I dare you to call me a homer, drink this beer, and then say I was hyping it up.

   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2012
Draught at CBC 2012. Pitch black - brown head. Burned, nice citrus, freshness, fruity, oiley, coffee, hard burned, light boozy notes, dried fruits, caramel. Lovely easy drinkable heavy imp. stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2012 On tap at the brewery. Black with a rich tan head. Huge roasted malts with a huge orange presence. Both orange peel and pulpy tasting orange juice abound, with a robust chocolate oriented malt character. Hints of milky chocolate and bow drill ash as well. Huge palate with medium to low carbonation and a roasty finish. Super rich and creamy effervescence. My god...

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