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The Demon's Farm - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 7
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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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of itsiilegal
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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The Demon's Farm from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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