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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4588) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2013
Dark brown to black colour, tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, caramel, mocha with milk. Quite bitter flavour, light sweet, hops, roasted malts, milk chocolate and coffee. Medium full, finish bitter chocolate, caramel and cocoa.
A nice, well made stout. Not really picking up on the citrus though.
(From 66cL bottle @ RBBWG II, Wilrijk 2013. Courtesy of Travlr. Thank you sir!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (5908) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle (500 ml). Traded by Reynolds314, thanks Matt! Black with a small brown head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and slight orange zest that induce bitterness. Taste is about the same. Mouthfeel is creamy. Medium body (thin for a RIS). Its easily drinkable for the style if considered as a RIS, but I would probably have classified this one as a Black IPA in a blind tasting. Orange had fainted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (5762) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle. Black pour, brown head. Aroma is roasty, some orange zest, quite hoppy (fruity) still, despite its age (or maybe its the citrus), coffee aroma as well. Taste is coffee, roasty, well balanced sweetness and bitterness. Soft carbonation, really drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (9267) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2013
Thanks to Travlr for sharing this one. 50 cl. bottle sampled. Exited to actually try Hill Farmstead & its a collab with Mikkelller. + its 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9910) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2013
66cl bottle sample @ RBBWG 2013, courtesy of Travlr. Noire fonce, col moka laissant un filament dor au verre. Arme malt grill, chocolat vraiment bien plac et trs gnreux. Palais est similaire avec une bonne dose de malt chocolat, cacao et choco donnent vraiment une belle profondeur la bire quasi une bire de dessert. Pointe dpices sur la fin et lajout de dagrumes donne une belle dimension en fin de bouche pour une pointe damertume, cette dernire tant bienvenue cette stout impriale restant paisse. Dlicieux.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (15126) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG 2013. Opaque pitch black color, small to medium sized brown head. Smell malts, hops, coffee, lovely roastyness. Taste malts, superb roastyness, lightly hops, a touch of coffee, some alcohol. Velvety silky texture, full body, suitable carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukaduke (3163) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Pours a rich deep umber with a dark mocha foam... Aromas are sweet milk chocolate with traces of bright focused citrus and deep roasted malts. The palate follows the nose with a great balance between citrus and chocolate. Smooth creamy mouthfeel delivers the flavor profile with elegance and restraint. Love how the citrus peak and fades and peaks again.. not overpowering but just enough to heighten the senses. Best citrus stout Ive ever had yet I will say Ive only had a few !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2013
From notes, on draft at HF Harvest Festival. Viscous black pour with a thick, dark brown head. Great retention. Aroma is rich blend of roast and chocolate malt with citrus peel and light citrus hops. Molasses, burnt sugar, citrus zest and pine also present throughout. Crisp, smooth and creamy body with moderate carbonation. Flavor is remarkably unique and unlike anything expected. Initially typical stout flavors of roast malt, ash, molasses, dark chocolate and brown sugar before finishing with a zesty and fruity orange punch (nothing like an IPA however). Somehow, it all works in perfect balance and this is one of the most unique and enjoyable stouts Ive had recently.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Koelschtrinker (19440) - Kln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 29, 2012
Ausgiebig malziger Antrunk mit leichten Rstnoten. Schokoladig, wrzig, Kaffeenoten. Wenig und passend trocken, dunkle Getreidenoten, voll. Rundes, nicht bertriebenes Bier. 12/12/12/14/12/13

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (3687) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael. The beer is dark brown, nearing black. The beige head is nearly a half inch thick, fading to an oily thin layer atop the beer. The aroma is classic Mikkeller. Dark roast, oak, booze, chocolate. Roasty and smooth on the palate with a nice hop finish. Lots of chocolate and bitter roast in the flavor. Medium bodied with solid carbonation. A very good stout, I would definitely have this again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-19-2012

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