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Elaborative #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 126
Gots: 66 | 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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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rusty, brownish red with a small off-white head that recedes quickly to the perimeter.

Smell: Funky sourness, damn. There's an array of fruit there: cherries, pear, apple and lemon. Some faint strawberry notes are there as well.

Taste: Front of the tongue is all funk from the wild yeast. Middle of the tongue gives you that juicy fruit thing as described in the nose. The end of the drink gives you the walnut character and then it all just fades out so cleanly, it's insane. The finish of this beer pretty much makes everything, despite the insanity of it all, drop off a cliff, and leave you with nothing more than an extremely subtle walnut taste; pretty damn complex. The way this beer unfolds is just so nice; beginning, end and middle are just so different, and distinctly unique.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and medium bodied at most, but extremely drinkable.

Overall: This beer is like nothing I've ever had, but that alone doesn't make an outstanding beer. This brew is amazing because it unfolds like a well told story; with many distinct stages of the plot happening in waves that can't be ignored. A complex journey that I've found in few beers prior, this stands out. Thanks, Shaun and friends.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 02:46:31 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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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.

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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.
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Utmost complexity, yet impeccable ease in drinking lie at the precipice of this intriguing sour ale that bridges cultures, innovation and experimentation; fueled by the spirit of Hill Farmstead, Crooked Stave and Jackie O's breweries.

The sour brown ale shows a malty austere but its taste of toast, wood, dry toffee and walnut is short and scant. Strong on oak presence, the beer hurries into a winey, sour and earthy taste that simply blooms in the middle. Notions of game and mushroom are carried away along with its toasted sweetness.

Gaining in its intensity, tangy tartness of dry cider, merlot and balsamic are savory and sour. Still, the shell of malt remains- dry toast, walnut and weathered oak provide firm flavor but without the associated sweetness of those tastes. Lemon, lime, grape and berry tartness turns peppery while a briny taste rounds out the middle.

Its peppery finish is highlighted by the remnants of toast, walnut and wood. With glimpses of chocolate and coffee peaking through, the ale dries to nearly completion with a clean and palate-stripping sour character. A lightly powdery dryness lives on and leaves the mouth feeling as much of wine as it does ale.

Elaborative One is a highly distinctive ale that reels in influences from Flanders Belgium, American "wild" mindsets and a companionship among the brewing brotherhood. You can taste the love as the house flavor of each brewery is alive and well in the glass- all melding into an orgy in taste.

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05-20-2014 17:44:56 | More by BEERchitect
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Elaborative #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.