Civil Disobedience #20
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
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4.09 | pDev: 6.11%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Civil Disobedience 20 is dark, delicate and complex blend of Shirley Mae that was fermented in bourbon barrels and our spontaneously fermented collaboration with Cigar City.

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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Following in line w beers like Tart of Darkness and Magdura Obscura, here comes Hill Farmstead's bourbon barrel aged black ale sour essentially.

Pours black. 3/4" tan head. Aroma, similar to ToD, doesn't reveal any bourbon notes, they're all gone, but the wood impact is there, and its drying tart cherry cola red wine like note is prominent.

Taste is also similar to ToD/Magdura. Its a roasty, sour dark beer. Was pretty surprised to see saison as the base. I mean, I would have went black ale, porter or stout way before saision. I really don't get it. How you take a porter, put it in a bourbon barrel for fermentation, and what, blend it with maybe a saison, and bam = saison? I dunno man, this has the roasted malt of not a saison.

I realize Hill Farmstead is as top notch as it comes, but I still prefer Tart of Darkness when I want something like this. Easier to acquire and legitimately preferred. Nonetheless, this is still really good. YMMV.

Apr 23, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one of the more unique Civil Disbodience I've seen, let alone tasted.

This one pours a dark brown/light black (is there such thing as "light" black?), with a small head and not much lacing.

There's a nice dark chocolate feel to the aroma, with light coffee, oak, vanilla, chocolate covered lemons, red wine, and cherries.

This is incredibly complex, and it translates to a beautiful and delicious taste. The dark malt complexity of Shirley Mae really adds to the Cigar City collaboration in this blend- as the chocolate, coffee, and roast here really go well the vinous red wine, dark sour cherries, lemon, and oak. There's a hint of vanilla as well. This is really cool beer.

This is medium bodied, a bit creamy, with a good level of carbonation.

This is one of the most out there entries in this series, and it works surprisingly well.

Nov 13, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Chocolate, lemon, lacto, white wine and oak. Roasted malt flavors couple with an underlying simple grain. Hoppy black ale up front, finishes delicate and tart in the back. Like us, this beer is complex, weird and funky.

Sep 18, 2017
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BEER88 from Washington

4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle consumed between two. Brown color with little head. Warmed up to a lemony taste after the initial malt backbone when ot was cold. Super oaky in a good way!

Sep 04, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle. Deep brown, not quite black. Smells of red wine, some roasted malt, hefty oak, bourbon, and a tinge of tart cherry. Tastes of dry roasted grain, bourbon, some tart cherry that turns to red wine. Dry roasty back end. Tartness builds into a lemony finish. Medium body. High carbonation. It's a departure from the other multiples of four. Strong dark fruit and bourbon. Really rounds it out nicely.

Aug 17, 2017
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Tired Hands Para tulip.

A~ black with brown tints, huge tan head and a lot of lacing.

S~ a lot like a Flanders red up front, cherry juice/skins and balsamic vinegar. ending with some roasted malt and vanilla.

T~ follows the nose, really tastes like a Flanders red with a roasted malt, dark coffee, chocolate backbone. rounded out by some lemony cherry tartness up front followed by the roastieness above^

M~ smooth, surprisingly thick and great carb!

O~ i was very surprised by this blend and how well they worked together. i still admit i'm a little biased cause i love every dark blend in this series...! well maybe not 12 haha! definitely try this one if you have the chance!

Jul 07, 2017
Civil Disobedience #20 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 40 ratings