Phenomenology Of Spirit (2013) - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by backbaybrewer:
5/5 rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Note: I was finding it annoying that there are not two separate entries for the previous version of this beer, and the 2013 coolship release. I asked multiple times to have this done, or whether I should create a separate listing myself because the beers are so different, with completely different processes for fermentation. And every time I was told that we were waiting on Shaun ?Hill's input. Well, looks like he no longer participates in BA, so I'm going ahead and doing it since it so blantantly obvious that this is a different beer. I am sure this will be removed by some overzealous Mod, but at least for a precious few moments this will be done correctly, as it has been on the "other site."
375ml bottle (June 2013) into a Bruery Tulip
A: darker than I expected, dark brown that is barely translucent, with quarter inch head that lingers.
S: Tart sourness with fruit, apples; followed by roasted dark malt aromas.
T: Tart, sour, tangy at first, again followed by the roasted malts and some interesting dark fruits; figs, cherries. Very interesting blending of flavors here with the bright, crisp sourness mixed with the darker malts and fruits.
M: Medium to light body. If not for the sourness i think this would feel much fuller on the palate. medium carbonation.
O: I think this may be the only 5 I have ever given on BA, and well worth it. A fantastic beer that is an utter surprise around every corner. There is so much more inside this bottle than I was expecting. Get however, trade for it while you still can.
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2013 17:45:31 | More by backbaybrewer
More User Reviews:
3.38/5 rDev -22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Pours a dark chestnut/chocolate brown color with mahogany edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Decent retention with streaks of spotty lacing left behind.
Musty aroma wih funky bugs and a prominent charred oak/barrel character. Some dark roast along with musty bugs, dry oak and subtle malt sweetness. The funky yeast and strong oak notes dominate the nose. Not too complex but pretty inviting.
Tart and puckering with sour acidity, dry oak/toothpick and sweet vinous fruit. Kind of one dimensional but has a decent amount of sourness, funky yeast and a decent enough malt presence that prevents it's from becoming boring. Saison notes are overpowered by the yeast and barrel flavors.
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2014 23:49:21 | More by corby112
Phenomenology Of Spirit (2013) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.