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Elaborative #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 127
Gots: 63 | 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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Reviews by Pinknuggets:
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4.55/5  rDev +4.6%

Bottle to HFS Sniffer

A: dark brown but almost reddish mahogany in color with hues of bright red on the outside. It has a creamy tan brown head that leaves a heavy lacing that stays in the glass. It is pretty much completely opaque.

S: Upfront there are smells of oak and funk the wild yeast and long aging really makes its presence felt. There are some notes of walnuts and dark fruit with a little tiny bit of sweetness.

T: In the beginning it is pretty tart to the point its almost overwhelming, but immediately the brown and walnuts hit you and everything is smoothed out. The tartness does not disappear but becomes a lot more sweet as the walnut and oak flavor really stand out in finish that without being repetitive is completely smooth.

M: The carbonation adds to the tartness up front to almost burn your tongue but the aging and the brown ale parts come through making this beer really smooth and incredibly drinkable. The finish is probably one of the best I've ever had.

O: This is definitely the best brown sour I have ever had and is definitely an extremely high quality beer. The flavor is tart and sweet in the start but smooth nutty with a hint of oak in the finish. The transformation this beer makes in your mouth is amazing especially when coupled with the use of wild yeast and barrel aging if you can get this beer do so.

07-05-2013 01:02:18 | More by Pinknuggets
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4.24/5  rDev -2.5%

375ml bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger foamy cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, dark brown-amber. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. A great looking brew.

Nose is sweet off the bat with hints of vinegar and sour red fruit. Some nuttiness is apparent but if I didn't know it was supposed to be there, I'd confuse it with a sharper tartness. A woody funk too. Decent and moderately aromatic. Good balance too.

Opens tart red fruit with some nutty shell bitterness. Tart in the middle with a vinegary lean. Prunes and more red fruit at the middle. Funk and oak at the back end. Finishes dry with a light, prickly bitterness. Tart aftertaste. Very solid.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down aggressive and foamy. Finishes dry with a slightly puckering, but mostly clean aftertaste. Really good.

A very impressive offering from Hill Farmstead, Elaborative 1 leans more towards the Flanders style than an AWA but for what it is, its very good. Nice balance in the nose and palate with an outstanding feel to pull everything together. Definitely worth seeking out!

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Appearance - Murky brown. Small khaki head. Nice surface wisps and retention.

Smell - Wow, it actually smells like walnuts. Sharp acidity. Lactic. White pepper.

Taste - Sharp sourness. A little bit of letdown. Malty. Nuts come out in the back.

Mouthfeel - Not as dry as Prolegomena. Better body. Nutty.

Overall - A unique take. I expected something similar to Prolegomena, but this has a totally different profile.

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taste: i get black cherries, oak, tart, some molasses, a hint of hops, so smooth

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Elaborative #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.