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Elaborative #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
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261 Ratings
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 122
Gots: 60 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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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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Shared with rudzud.

Decent fluffy slight foamy head, fades at a med pace with nice lacing, super dark cola brown color.

Nose is very interesting, there is a definite toasted walnut aroma, almost walnut shell like, with toasty brown malts hint of smoke too, then a nice sour wild ale with light funk, a wild lacto like creamy sour funk. then a nice toasty oak, hint vinous must I think.

Taste starts with creamy sourness, lacto like sour funk and wild flavours. Then brown malts, creamy toasty brown malts and plenty of nutty flavours, roasted walnut and light nutty toffee candy like, mixed with the nice sour wild funk, light malt vinegar. Also a touch of vanilla toasty oak. Finish is flemmy with more malt vinegar light funk lingering, little nutty toffee like and walnut shell.

Mouth is med bod, little flemmy, decent but lighter carb.

Overall not bad, interesting and unique, not quite wild enough imo, and a bit too malty but maybe that's the way to blend the walnuts in, but pretty enjoyable.

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A - Light tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and no lacework. Hazy turbid brown body; obviously agitated before serving but not much of a looker.

S - Very lambic-esque, with lots of mineral, mustiness, and lactic acidity. There's some mild vinous oak, and perhaps some faint nuttiness from the walnut addition. Very low sweetness; not sure I would have guessed brown ale beyond the color.

T - The taste is a bit more in line with my expectations, with a bit more toasted nut and light malt sweetness from the base brown ale. Less sour here, with more of a musky sweet funk rather than the earthy, dusty one in the aroma.

M - As usual, Hill Farmstead's carbonation is soft and on the lower end of the spectrum. Medium body, slightly tannic, with no discernible alcohol.

D - Seems less complex that you'd expect from description, but not necessarily in a bad way. I enjoyed my pour, but there are a number of Hill Farmstead beers I'd prefer to drink over this one. Still, it's a quality brew.

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Elaborative #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.