Hill Farmstead / Mikkeller Daybreak - Orange Liqueur Barrel

 
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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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Daybreak (Orange Liqueur Barrel Aged): Imperial Stout brewed with Citrus and Aged in Orange Liqueur Barrels for more than a year.

NOTE: Barrel Aged Daybreak aged in Orange Liqueur Barrels released February of 2014. BA Daybreak in 375ML bottles

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3.7
skrip (230) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017
*3/5/2014 375ml bottle poured into a Tahoe Mountain Brewing boulder. A~ pitch black with a tan espresso like head and no lacing. S~ tons of roasty dark malts along with some bitter dark chocolate. a little bit of coffee and some lingering citrus. T~ a ton more citrus here which i assume is from the orange liqueur barrels. other than that pretty much follows the nose, roasty malts up front, bitter dark chocolate and burnt coffee mid pallet with an amazing citrus after taste that i never want to go away! M~ super smooth and a little thicker, but right where i like a stout. nice carbonation and very drinkable. O~ soo much better than i remember the regular version being. i hardly got any citrus in the non BA version. which must mean the orange liqueur barrels worked wonders! yup... they did haha i’m glad this lasted a while on the shelfs up there, everyone should try this. so unique!

4
ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Bottle at the brewery, shared with Nelson on 1/19/17.
Dark mahogany, though not pitch black, with reasonable clarity and light magenta tints on the edges. Charred-beige head atop is small but shows moderately-strong retention.
Roast, ash, milk chocolate and very mild citrus (orange peel, orange oil, orange liqueur, that sort of thing) are all quite sniffable and rather elegant for an Imperial Stout. No fudgey/cakey caramel sweetness and yet, nor is it intensely roasty, pruney or vinous. Lots of milk chocolate and light orange character with herbal/floral notes, light vanilla, graham cracker and more milk chocolate lingering. Not boozy whatsoever.
In the mouth it tastes like one of those chocolate shaped oranges that you hit on the table to crack in to pieces. Candied orange, milk chocolate, light vanilla and a bit of roast for balance. Ample, engaging carbonation, no booze and quite highly attenuated. Maybe just a touch more orange chocolate character than I care for, but you can’t deny how well-executed this beer is. It’s dry, reserved and balanced and surprisingly drinkable.

3.9
Sammy (12760) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2017
big orange liquer flavour. john’s bottle. big black thick looking body. coffee and chocolate. first rate.

4.1
Desverger (12941) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle shared massive thanks to Paul - black pour with thin tan head. Medium sweet and light toasty malty, lots of rich decadent chocolate, lovely zesty orange nuances running through this, dark Terry’s chocolate orange, great mouthfeel, slight charred malty hints, rich and opulent, very nice indeed.

4
Scopey (15704) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle via trade, shared at the CPH penthouse suite. It pours jet black with a small, bubbly tan head. The aroma is rich, sweet, sticky, orange matchmakers, roasted malt, charred wood, roasted malt, toasted nut and earth. The taste is slick, rich roasted malt, classy orange liqueur, oily, orange matchmaker, toasty, nougat, mild warming alcohol, light spice, dark chocolate, rocky road and wood with a dry, slick finish. Full body, fine carbonation and slick mouth - feel. Thankful not too sweet. Tasty and quaffable!

4.6
Sudz4Dayz (160) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2016
375ml bottle for on site consumption. Pours oily black with a small foamy head. Mocha, marshmallow color with a slight tinge of orange with small bubbles leaving great lacing. Smells like dark chocolate, roast, sweet barrel wood and a small cinnamon spiciness. Taste is roasty, espresso coffee beans, dark chocolate and super well balanced with a small hint of orange zest. You get a sweet wood and graham cracker flavor as well. Truly amazing. Great mouthfeel surrounding your entire mouth with flavor. Very smooth. Full lingering aftertaste. This has climbed to the top of my list. It’s exactly what I wanted in a stout of this caliber. Truly top notch.

4
haukur (2103) - Kópavogur, ICELAND - OCT 14, 2016
backlog. Pitch black with somewhat zesty note with some roast. Medium bodied for the abv. A bit under par but very nice

3.9
BuckeyeBoy (8473) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 29, 2016
375ml bottle. Pours out black topped with a small head. Nose is ashtray smoke roast malts some orange slice gummy with chocolate. Taste is more of the orange slice gummy chocolate roast malts and a smoke note.

4.3
Arcanor (422) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2016
375ml bottle, bottled on 2014-01, aged two years in perfect cellar room conditions. Pour pitch black with a small disappearing foam. Smell of roster malt, chocolat toffee and touch of orange. Taste as the above, just amazing. Oily and creamy texture, average carbonation, strong and long roster malt finish with a nice liquorish notes. I need more....

4.1
GlasgowTAD (1898) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle thanks to Rob! Pours opaque black with a large brown head which recedes to a modest layer. The citrus smacks your nose as soon as the cap is popped, vanilla, oak and dark chocolate form the aroma. Taste is chocolate sweet, vanilla sweet, caramelised sugar, slight hint of citrus and sweet orange liqueur, a hint of cocoa bitterness somewhere in the back row. Full body with a smooth mouthfeel.


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