Civil Disobedience #12
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Civil Disobedience #12Civil Disobedience #12
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Belgian Saison
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4.11 | pDev: 7.54%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Civil Disobedience #12Civil Disobedience #12
Notes: Keeping with the theme of black beers landing on 4 in the series ... A single French Oak barrel blend of Black beers from the last 3 years - including Daybreak, Buckwheat Rye Porter, Everett, George, and other minute, fragmented components. Inoculated in the barrel with various strains of yeast and bacteria.
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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very strange blend of beers that borders on the sour stout category without replicating the redundancy of tastes and flavors captured in the many The Bruery releases that share its style.

This beer basically tastes like a mix of lesser Hill Farmstead stouts and porters, finishing with a bit of sourness and roast on the end. At 1 bottle per person, I expected more from this release.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 3/12/16

Split with Goblinmunkey7

A: Dark brown, with some medium brown around the edges - some clarity around the edges - pours with a small, light tan head, retrains a small collar, leaves some streaks and spots of lacing

S: Big barrel aromas - wood, with some rich oak - some funk, musty cellar, yeasty weirdness - roasty and chocolaty - some dark chocolate malts - some caramel - chocolate sweetness, caramelized malts, and some lingering sweet

T: Sharp barrel and chocolate - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate - caramel malts and caramelized malts - sharp acidity, but mostly damp, lactic funk - musty cellar, with lots of oat - malts gain depth as this warms up, unsurprisingly - finishes with lingering tart and sour

M: Medium body, smooth with some lingering tart sour funk

O: Obey

This is basically a sour stout, and I've vowed not to review sour stouts because of how much I dislike the style. But I made an exception for Hill Farmstead. This is good, for what it is, but I think it would actually get increasingly complex with a few years.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great beer in the CD lineup
Pour - nice and dark with small brownish head
Smell - caramel maybe or something sweet, chocolate, and some tart
Taste - Definitely taste the everett that was mixed with tart and chocolate
Overall - Very good, not super heavy mouthfeel wish it was in a bigger bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Little darker fizzy head fades quickly, touch of lacing, long legs, thick very black color touch mahogany light getting through.

Nose brings a bunch of cocoa and fudge, thick chewy malts, dark malts, little tart souring funk but a little, big barrel oak and little coconut barrel, little coffee notes, little roast, bit if vanilla oak and nutty but very little.

Taste brings sweet notes, more caramel chocolate and barrel, nice coconut nutty vanilla oak barrel, chewy fudge nougat like. Big souring too, sour black malts with little metallic notes, tart lacto funk and creamy finish, lacto, tart funk lingering, sour black malt again, flemmy, dark chocolate lingering too.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, little creamy sour lacto finish, decent carb.

Overall ok, it had great stout like qualities but the sour lacto just makes it not so great, sour ave chocolate dark malts don't blend.

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Photo of rudzud
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark brown hue with a thin off white head that fades to leave light halo.

S - Aromas of chocolate, fudge, light coconut notes, toasty barrels. nice light malts. Maybe a little vanilla. Really aromatic.

T - Taste is lots of sour black malt, lots of chocolate, barrel notes are pleasant, nice oak and coconut. Nice fudge and chocolate, lots of lacto creamy milk going on.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, bit flemmy.

O - Overall this beer was decent. Almost wish this was just a barrel aged blend as the sour kind of detracts from the pleasantries.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of doremite
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very black. More of a sour stout than what many may think of as a dark sour. Nice big roasty notes with an acidic kick. Interesting beer and really enjoyed it but can't say the base beers blended seemlessly with the funk. I would guess the base beer blend minus the inoculation would have made for more of a traditonal HF knock out offering. Still very much worth trying and would gladly drink again.

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Photo of Skrip
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured in a Cantillon tulip.

A~ dark as night with a tan head and lots of lacing.

S~ soured milk, roasty bitter old coffee and vanilla on the end.

T~ sour and roasty! right up my alley haha! bitter burnt coffee, a little dark chocolate and tangy wheat. slight citrus on the end. probably not from Daybreak but... maybe!?

M~ smooth, nice carb and very enjoyable.

O~ was this suppose to be Madness & Civilization 5? haha! i really enjoyed it, i absolutely love dark, roasty sours! so keep 'em coming for me!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours the color and clarity of cola. Nose is primarily acidic and malty. Taste expresses malt, an acetic acid and wet cardboard. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall - meh. Pretty unimpressive.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. Jet black. Medium khaki head and a thin collar.

Smell - Intense roast. Dark chocolate. Vanilla and oak. Lightly acidic.

Taste - Sour up front. Dark fruits. Roast. Bitter. Some chocolate. Vanilla and oak come through in the back end. Finishes with a yeasty flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Definitely nothing like a saison. Medium carbonation.

Overall - There's almost nothing resembling a saison here, but when you think of it as a soured dark ale, it's nice.

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Civil Disobedience #12 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 55 ratings