Rhetorica | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Average: 4.32 | pDev: 4.86%

Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 21

European Dark Lager | 5.00% ABV

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Notes: Limited (brewed once) availibility. In November of 2017, Shaun and I made a trip to the Czech Republic—a momentous one, in hindsight. Our inspiration from the experiences had there have been expressed most recently through Poetica and Memoria. One of my fondest memories was the discovery of true Czech dark lager (tmavé pivo). A perfect synthesis of slight roast, creamy carbonation, hinted-at hops—and immense satisfaction.

So, in October of 2018, Shaun brewed our first single-decocted dark lager and conditioned it at 3º Celsius—as we have with Poetica and Memoria—in one of our French oak puncheons for more than 3 months. The beer was then moved to stainless steel and krausened with fresh-fermenting lager to provide slow, gentle, natural carbonation.

This Wednesday, 20 February, we proudly pour for you Rhetorica.

Like Poetica and Memoria, Rhetorica furthers our exploration of wood-conditioned lagers, typifying our commitment to respectful yet forward-thinking refinement of classical brewing styles—a quiet veneration of the past that guides a progressive aspiration towards the future.

Rhetorica instantly transports me back to a warm spring day spent overlooking the Vltava and the spires of Praha from Letná Park while savoring a classic tmavé pivo—a gift, indeed.

Soft. Sincere. Simple.
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 21
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4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Hill Farmstead Brewery. Served in a dimpled mug.

Darker brown body, opaque with a one finger offwhite head, effervescent and creamy, good retention, plenty of lacing. Smell has a bit of pumpernickel, light cocoa, grainy malt and biscuit. Cereal. Flavour is a nice creamy cocoa powder, fair bit of grainy malt. Slight spice, like pumpernickel, bread and grains. Medium bodied, creamy to the extreme. Wonderful smooth chocolate experience. Great carbonation, as expected. Smooth, lovely from beginning to end.

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4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap at Armsby Abbey today.

A - Poured into a proper mug a nice crystal clear chestnut hue with a big, creamy three finger off white head that doesn't really want to go anywhere but when it does it paints the glass.

S - Big aromas of sweeter malts, fainter roast and toasted grains, good light bitterness as well. Smells like the beer I drank in central Europe.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of fainter gentle roast notes. Almost coffee like roast, real good grain note, subtle sweetness with little flashes of hop bitterness on the end. Spectacular flavour going on here.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, very gentle with just a flash of sharpness on the finish.

O - Overall this was a phenomenal European Dark Lager. Truly true to style, pure, well crafted. Make more of these Shaun, New England needs this.

Serving Type: on tap

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Rhetorica from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 21 ratings