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Elaborative #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.05%
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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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Elaborative has grown on me just sickly The aftertaste is so chewy I feel like I'm eating the essence of a walnut without any of the scratchiness and heaviness in actually doing so.

You need to drink 2 full bottles before you even begin to understand this beer. That may be the case for a lot of HF - the first bottle is simply to temper expectations and prepare your palette for the second.

I've had 3-4 bottles of this now. I still have another 4-5 in my cellar. I don't think I'll be trading this one for anything. edit: 6-7 bottles now, possibly my favorite beer ever.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 04:47:31 | More by facesnorth
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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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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!

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Elaborative #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.