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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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A- Rich brown, almost black, with a tan head of about one finger with quite a bit of lacing.
S- Mild funk, some grape-like notes, roasted dark malt, some walnut, smells boozier than it is too.
T- Pleasantly sour, very pronounced walnut that pairs well with the oak barrel aging.
M- A little low in carbonation, very smooth, wine like character. Pleasant mixed aftertaste of roasted malt and slight funk.
O- Was surprised when I saw this for sale at the brewery since it was not listed on their website. Very glad that I got one bottle to try. Pairs very well with wild turkey meat.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally tasting this bad boy, after a month from picking it up at the brewery. Served from the bottle into a Belgian snifter-type glass.

A. Deep brown burgundy, mahogany, cherry tints. Dark, but from what I can tell its pretty clear. Big off-white/tan head forms, slowly fades into a reasonable collar, and laces the glass very nicely.

S. Oak, funk, walnuts. A little tartness comes through as well. The first thing that really strikes me - the walnut aroma is really nice!

T. Tart, but lightly so. Frankly, out of all of the HF brews I've sampled, this one had me apprehensive. Walnuts? But yes, walnuts! They come through so smoothly and blend with the rest of the flavors. Brown ale malts come through subtly, underneath of the sour, the walnut, the funk.

M. On the lighter side of medium bodied, I would say. Crisp carbonation is a little sharp at first, but mellows as it warms into a perfect balance.

O. I am running out of ways to describe the goodness of Hill Farmstead. This beer in particular is really exquisite: just sour enough, nice brown ale base, and of course the walnut presence that is executed perfectly

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