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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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!

SpeedwayJim, Aug 09, 2013
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

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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appearance: dark oaky brown, thick vanilla bubbly head, opaque, few bubbles clutching the sides and bottom of glass. is this a stout? no, no, its a wild

aroma: nutty, oaky, charred, brett, very nice and robust

palate: medium body, minimal carbonation, soft on the tongue, easy to drink

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

overall: i have to say, this is one of the best sours ive had by HF. i love them for their ipas and saisons, but this is fantastic as well. a superbly balanced wild, tart enough to be a quality sour, but robust enough to offer much more than just sour power.

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Fills the glass with a rich mahogany color and a big and fluffy tan head. First whiff gives you a healthy dose of fruity tartness overlaying a more subtle sweet malty note. Hard to pick up on any nutty notes at this point.

Refreshingly tart on the first sip without being too sour. Lemony citrus notes come through alongside a bit of a sweet white wine note. As it warms, it opens up a bit to show the maltier side of things. FInishes nicely with just a touch of the woody barrel flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and rather crisp. Carbonations seems to be spot on. Overall, and excellent wild ale, though the walnuts seem to be hidden by all the wild yeast and barrel flavors.

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Elaborative #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.