AdamChandler (5051) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Picked this up at the February Hill Farmstead Release. Paid $17 for a bottle. Poured into a Hill Farmstead Glass.
aleigator (945) - GERMANY - JAN 22, 2017
A - Deep dark pour into the glass. No head was produced at all. Looks like I’m pouring cane syrup into a glass. Nice alcohol fingers on the glass while swirling. No light comes through and the edges are a very dark amber color.
S - HUGE bourbon scent and oak barrels. Both the bourbon and barrels give up a terrific scent the lights up the nose. This is followed by roasted malts, sweet chocolate / cocoa and candied yams.
T - Three largest tastes in this beer. Bourbon, Oak, Chocolate. Everything else just fades away. I’m getting a heavy, high-cocoa fresh belgian chocolate. The wood and bourbon in this is NOT over powering and is so well balanced to a well crafted Imperial Stout.
M - A hard swish yields about 15% bubbles and the liquid mostly stays completely liquid. Heavy heavy body. The alcohol and malt just lingers for days! Exceptional.
O - This may be the best beer I’ve ever had. Nothing else to say.
Pours an oily black color with a small, dark brown head, which vanishes immediately.
The aromas of this are simply amazing - there’s a lot going on with licorice, scorched malts, tobacco and dark chocolate. The barrel adds a tremendous depth with dried apples, rock sugar, peppers, dried plum and lots of spicy wood, tickling the nose by developing a boozy warmth.
Drinks silk and velvet, full bodied with lots and lots of alcohol soaked layers of rich maltiness.
Tastes right from the beginning of burned malts, wild honey, whipped cream as for its awesome mouthfeel, and fudge. Develops a spicy licorice roastiness once the barrel gets noteable, together with cinnamon, toasted nuts and a luscious amount of bitter chocolate. Finishes with molasses, melting chocolate, long lasting tobacco, dried earth and a flowery note from the otherwise still pleasantly spicy barrel.
This is like an amped up Bourbon County - not necessarily thicker on the tongue, but even creamier with more roast and bitter chocolate, countered by an even sweeter fudge note, balanced by earth and spices. Awesomly intense and balanced throughout. MacBoost (1896) - Victor, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2017
2011 Damon, batch 1! On tap at Hill Farmstead 7 year anniversary party. See these links for some serious cred:
sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Pours a viscous black with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla fudge, oak and a light bourbon. Tons of chocolate. Thick mouthfeel. Semi sweet. God nectar. Light barrel presence. Wow.
Poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Thick pitch-black body with a thin dark-tan head. Looks beautiful. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The nose is packed with cocoa, bourbon, wood and vanilla. Smells amazing. Roasty with a touch of booze. On the tongue its sweet bourbon and vanilla up front, but then finishes with a wave of dark chocolate and some dry, earthy, dark malt bitterness on the tail end. The 10% abv is noticeable, but doesn’t get in the way of taste or enjoyment. Very drinkable for a barrel aged imperial stout. The body is smooth and creamy with light carbonation. Overall, this is phenomenal, but Hill Farmstead never disappoints. Damon is drinking excellently now, but I’m sure it will hold up or even get better in the years to come. Beautiful. Ed5388 (3478) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2013 500ml bottle (2011 bottle 721 of 864). THANK YOU SCOTT!!!! Pours a thick jet black color with no head. Aroma of strong bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Nose is definitely boozy. Taste is so smooth. Man this is delicious! Coffee, chocolate fudge brownies, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. This beer is awesome!
jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 18, 2013
500ml bottle In a tulip. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma or roasted malts, bourbon and oak and vanilla, coffee and dark chocolate, and some dough. Flavor the same with a lot of dark malts and good bourbon. Thick. A great beer. Marheb (5750) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2015 D’une richesse biblique avec tous les attributs dont je souhaitais retrouver, cuir, tabac, charbon, fudge, cerises, caramel, vanille, coco dans une onctuosité qui me placarde le palais sans pitié. Meilleure que la version en fût dégusté au 2e anniversaire....à moins que ce soit les circonstances de la dernière dégustation qui prennent le dessus sur mon jugement? KingCecil (2084) - DENMARK - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle @ home Trade from Pandableh...500ml bottle vintage 2013.. It pours dark almost black with a medium tan head....Dark chocolate, bourbon, coconut, vanilla, dark fruit, coffee..... near perfect! Thanks for this fine brew! love it! rouhlas (3616) - GREECE - AUG 4, 2016
500 ml bottle at home.. celebrating the #IPAday! Pitch black color with nice brown head. Aroma is malty, roasted, chocolate, dark chocolate, light cocoa, some light coffee notes too, dark dried fruits, figs, raisins, plums, some red fruits, coconut, vanilla, wood, light alcohol. Heavy sweet and light bitter taste like aroma but even better. Full silky oily to creamy body with soft carbonation. I need more bottles!! yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2012
2011 black waxed 500 mL bottle. 578/864. Thanks to Ashley and Tucker for hooking us up with this gem.
Pours a viscous dark chocolate with a large, frothy yellowish light tan head. Excellent retention, fading to a collar and spotty film. Thin streaks and dots of lacing.
Smooth, subtle aroma of roast malt, black licorice, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon in the finish.
Flavor is sweet and smooth with a subtle blend of black licorice, bourbon, mild oak and vanilla. Incredibly balance and blend between the base stout and the barrel and well restrained alcohol presence.
Medium thick, smooth body with light carbonation and an everlasting chewy, licrorice finish.
Wow, Genealogy was amazing and Damon is as well. Both are distinct from most other stouts in their malt profile and while HF has not released many stouts yet, they are going to destroy this style just as they have IPAs. Boom!