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Elaborative #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 126
Gots: 65 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Elaborative #1 was brewed in November of 2011 with our friends Brad Clark and Chad Yakobson. A brown ale brewed with freshly harvested Ohio walnuts. The beer was aged in oak barrels, each barrel with a different blend of wild yeast and bacteria representative of the participating brewers. After 18 months, the distinct threads were blended back together and refermented in the bottle.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-16-2013)
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4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass.

Appearance: Dark maroon/brown at the base fading to almost black at the top. Hints of copper, mahogany in the appearance as well, especially as the bottle gets emptier. Head is thick and creamy beige, and coats the glass with lacing.

Smell: The nose is quite vinegary, with a hint of roasted nuts. Fruity, even a vaguely spicy quality, almost cinnamon. Remarkably complex.

Taste: Not nearly as sour as I thought it would be. I was expecting a vinegar bomb and was happily surprised. Lots of roasted walnuts with a hint of smoke. Hints of fruitiness, and lots of oaky vanilla. Incredibly complex, and ridiculously good. The aftertaste is a lot of molasses.

Mouthfeel: The only negative point of the beer. A little thin, and carbonation is low. Molasses in the aftertaste really sticks to the mouth.

Overall: A pleasant surprise from Hill Farmstead. Was expecting this to be a lot less exciting, but I should have known better than to underestimate Hill Farmstead. A fantastic sour brown right here.

WTKeene, Jul 24, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Shadowy dark brown tone, slightly fizzy and hazy which recedes, and a decent off-white, tan, head

S: A manifestation of an astonishing earthy funky vibe with traces of wine, dark fruits, grapes, peach, cherry, malt, oak, wood, and faint walnut notes. Aromas are bitter, sharp, and tart

T: Tart and acidic, woody and earthy, oaky and malty. A slight nutty /toffee feel in the beginning strengthens as the beer rests for a moment or two. Nonetheless, it’s encompassing among all sorts of intricacies; traces similar to the aromas: berries, grapes, limes, lemons, and peaches. Has a toasty sweetness, a pronounced funky and earthy character, a tad bit peppery, and vibes of red wine

M: A pleasantly smooth and elastic carbonated beverage that has a light to medium body

O: The strengthening of the toffee and walnuts is quite interesting, perhaps unnoticeable if one doesn’t pick up on it from the start. The earthy funky vibe, the smoothness, the variability, and the unpredictably make this out to be a remarkable innovative beverage.

M-Fox24, Jul 17, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is deep brown with dark ruby red edges and a tight light brown head. Nose is tart cherry, faint lacto, lots of oaky wood and vanilla. Taste is tart, the walnuts come through a bit. Medium body and fairly present carbonation. Taste leans towards a Flanders red with strong oak and vanilla. The nuttiness is through the finish.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, poured into a Cantillon taster 7/7/2014.

A- Medium-dark brown body with an effervescent one finger off-white head with good retention. Looks like Rodenbach in some ways. Not much lacing.

S- Tart lacto, some white wine grape character, a bit of sweet brown malt and a bit of the signature Vermont funk. Missing the walnuts here, though this is a refreshing smelling beer.

F- Vinous character, Vermont funk, more of the sweet brown malt comes out but this is still quite tart. Fairly interesting, but again I'm not getting the walnut contribution here. Was expecting something more nutty, but I'm pleased with the tartness here. Reminds me a bit of Prolegomena but with more of a tart chardonnay-like character rather than port.

M- Medium bodied, well-carbonated, very easy and refreshing to drink. Not particularly complex but fairly interesting.

O- This is probably a bit over the hill considering it's over a year old, but this was still a nice treat.

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4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into snifter. Thanks again AutumnBeerLove!

A: Pours a deep brown color with a very soft and fuzzy looking light tan head. The head slowly faded into a very fuzzy and thick film that left a solid sheet of lace down the glass.
S: The nose is fruity, with woody notes of oak barrel coming through as well. Scents are tart and acidic, and the fruit is ambiguous. Slight funk, slight earth.
T: Woody and earthy flavors mix with a lightly acidic tartness in the finish. I get nutty notes as well, presumably from the walnuts, and there is a kiss of lemon in the finish. The aftertaste is peppery, earthy, and full of woody and dry oak barrel. There is a light amount of spice overall, and perhaps some unripe peach. More and more of the walnut comes out as this beer warms.
M: Medium body with a slick and greasy buttery-oak mouthfeel. I guess some of the greasiness could be coming from the walnut oil as well. Carbonation is fluffy and very smooth. Acidity is low, and tartness is perfect for the delicate flavors. Finish is buttery rather than tannic and dry.
O: A very enjoyable sour. Very smooth and slick body drinks very well. An interesting use of walnuts that worked very well. Thanks again Kevin!

scottfrie, Jul 05, 2014
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Elaborative #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.