The Demon's Farm - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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The Demon's FarmThe Demon's Farm

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87
very good

10 Reviews
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Reviews: 10
Hads: 43
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 2.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cosmicevan on 11-18-2012

Dark Ale Matured 40% in bourbon barrels & 60% pinot noir barrels with oregon cherries.

The Demon's Farm: Ruby black farmhouse ale brewed with belgian pilsner, french wheat, roast malts, dark candi syrup, noble hops, and farmhouse years. The young demon's brew is matured eight months in french oak pinot noir barrels and american oak bourbon barrels, with brettanomyces and oregon tart cherries. A demonic brew for those with the most sinister thirst.
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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 43
Photo of Kurmaraja
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gusher but the flavor was nice; tannic, cherry, sweet malt. The prickly carb was a distraction. A potentially great beer hidden beneath some carbonation issues. (160 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged poured into a snifter. The bree appears black in color with a tan head that fades leaving stringy lace on the glass.

The smell includes notes of cherry and an overall feel of bacterial tartness. Little to no malt, alcohol or yeast feel. It is simple and to the point.

The tastes is tart with a natural cherry flavoring overtop a bit of minerals and faint roast. Like the nose, the flavor is quite simple and unexciting.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. To it's benefit, it is very easy drinking but by the same token, it is kinda bland. Not really picking up on much saison aspect...or dark maltiness...or barrel aging as described. Kinda hard to rate this as it was easy drinking but lackluster too. (759 characters)

Photo of itsiilegal
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very light brown head with persistent fine bubbles. Off white lingering lacing. Very dark brown/light black and very light rubyness. Definite clarity shown by slight light passing through beer.

My favorite part of this beer was the aroma. Bright, sour and dark cherries with light and dry bourbon on the nose. Block 15 beers dry out beautifully and this is an excellent example. Bright, dry, dark funkiness in the middle of the aroma with licorice bourbon lingering on the nose.

Cold and freshly popped it is more sour and dry with some dark cherries coming through. Pinot flavors get mixed in with the fruit and are hard to distinguish over the bourbon. As it warmed up to proper drinking temp, the fruitiness becomes more upfront, the sourness backs away and bourbon makes an appearance, but a long rich pinot/fruit flavor is left.

Cold and freshly popped it is much drier and crisp in the mouthfeel. As it warmed up it became silker and more mouth coating, while still retaining plenty of dryness.

I held onto this bottle about 2 years. I have been incredibly impressed with the quality and difference aging Block 15 bottles can do for the beer. It became much more dry, sour and showcased the fun pinot, cherry and particually bourbon better. Reminds me of similar beers The Commoms, out of Portland, makes. Knocked it out of the park. Worth searching out and cellaring. (1,378 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by kevanb at the Local Option event. Most recent vintage served in a snifter.

A: Pours a dark purple color with an off white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down teh glass.

S: Tart cherries on the nose with the pinot barrel coming through, some oak and a faint hint of the base saison with some fruity yeasty and esters.

T: The saison base comes through a little more in the taste with some stone fruit esters and peppery yeasty. Tart cherries, some oak, a little pinot and some must.

M: Medium light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Dry finish.

O: This was a weird beer. There's a lot going on, but thankfully the base saison wasn't too lost with all the barrel treatments and adjuncts added. Definitely interesting. (794 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks again to oregonskibum for another delicious treat.

Wow big pop of the cork, and it pours an opaque dark brown with a huge, light brown, big-bubbled head that overtops the balloon, and only grudgingly retreats.

Strong aroma of oak and wine barrel, tart yeast, vanilla, caramel, light earthy brett, and even hints of an herbal or rooty note in there too. Complex and alluring.

Very full flavored, with an astounding complexity that I will do my best to describe. Beginning of sip is a bit of the tart yeast, dark malt and caramel, and wine barrel that rolls into a blend of funky earth notes, a bit of chocolate, oak, and it ends with a vinous tart and light bitter. As it warms some roasty notes come into play as well.

High carb., very spritzy, perhaps a bit too much as there is a definite carbonic to it, and the finish is sort of strange as it warms, a bit too much roast to go with the tart. I am dinging it here, but truth told this is an amazing beer that is just delicious and not really hurt by these minor "flaws".

Outstanding, complex, delicious, interesting, and intriguing are the words to describe the overall experience of drinking this beer which I highly recommend for those who seek those qualities. (1,232 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the recent Hop & Vine event.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty wild in this beer, as I pick up sandlewood, light vanilla, and considerable underlying spice (with a hint of mint). The beer is really pretty tasty as well, with light wine, raisans, a hint of chocolate, light vanilla, and some underlying grape skins. There really seemed to be a lot going on in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied in a fairly low carbonation format. It seemed to work well, giving the beer a soft, almost creamy finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability was pretty good.

Pretty impressive effort IMHO. Wouldn't mind having the opportunity to drink this from time to time. (764 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, split, hill farmstead stemware.

A little surprised by the lower rating as I really enjoyed this. Pours pretty cola-brown, relatively minimal beige head. Aged in bourbon and pinot barrels - to me, the vinous notes from the wine barrel came through stronger, but the contrast in barrel profiles was pretty interesting. One of the only dark saisons I have ever liked - really nice kaleidoscope of flavors. (417 characters)

Photo of cbrunpc
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opened up a bottle to calm my nervous before the AFC championship game on 1/20/2012.

A:A dark red/black. An off yellow head.
S: Pinot Noir, bourbon, cherries, amazing aroma.
T: I remember there being more a bourbon taste when I had it at the brewery, now it seems to have more of a wine taste. Cherries and malts come through the most.
M: Very refreshing, for a bourbon beer it comes off very light.
O: Another good beer from B15. I think I liked it better off the tap then I did with this bottle, but I cant complain :) (521 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 12.8.12
Thanks Kelton

A - Pours a deep opaque brown with golden hilights whten poured. A thin medium brown head forms and moves quickly to the glass.

S - Subtle plums, bourbon, chocolate and some oak.

T - Acidic wood, then dark fruits, finishes with more bourbon.

D - Mild carbonation and a very heavy, thick body.

O - Bourbon and Pinot voth show up, but bourbon wins. (390 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from tasting on 11/16. thanks to Rathakem for hooking up the bottle. enjoyed from a block 15 snifter.

this appears to be a slight alteration of La Ferme' De Demons since the description is similar and the label is also practically the same. the main difference seems to be the time in the barrels.

a - pours a thick sludgy black with a thin yellow tan head that leaves quick but swirling the glass brings it back. the beer poured like syrup with the final drops dripping from the bottle with long stringy tales just like syrup. very thick drops.

s - what a wild scent! cherries, chocolate, wine, bourbon. LOTS going on. 1/2 way clashes with itself and 1/2 way compliments itself. the cherries seem to lead the way.

t - you really get EVERYTHING on the taste. the dark malts, the bouron, the wine, and the cherries. very unique. kind of polarizing at the tasting. 1/2 of us dug it and the other 1/2 didn't care for it at all and gave their pours to those of us that dug it. i fell on the side of the fence that enjoyed it.

m - silk and water. surprisingly thing for such a big and flavorful brew.

o - overall, lots of stuff going on with this and you can taste it ALL. that's the weird part. it is kind of like that exotic girl that you can't tell if you are really attracted to or if you think she is fugly. just a lot of different things all equal in the mix and taking your senses on a wild ride. definitely polarizing. (1,445 characters)

The Demon's Farm from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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