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The Demon's Farm - Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: cosmicevan on 11-18-2012)
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cosmicevan

New York

3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 03:17:46 | More by cosmicevan
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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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The Demon's Farm from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
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