Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Lager - European Dark
4.3 | pDev: 5.81%
Jan 13, 2020
Feb 19, 2019
Notes: 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.
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3.96 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Jan 13, 2020
3.72 by GuitarIPA from Connecticut on Dec 28, 2019
4.25 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Dec 27, 2019
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

nice looking beer, the head is super dense and frothy, beautiful lacing left on the glass. on palate it is very smooth, creamy even, pleasant roasted and nutty character, caramel, well done toast, a mellow hit of hops to keep it super crisp and refreshing. Each gulp begs for another.

Dec 20, 2019
4.25 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Aug 12, 2019
4.29 by smutty33 from Connecticut on Aug 07, 2019
4.5 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Jun 03, 2019
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Stevedore from Oregon

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.

May 24, 2019
4.27 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on May 03, 2019
4.08 by IBUBrew from Vermont on Apr 14, 2019
4.63 by stevec32 from New York on Apr 11, 2019
4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Apr 08, 2019
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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by rudzud from Massachusetts

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

Mar 28, 2019
4.38 by Phineasco from Massachusetts on Mar 24, 2019
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4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Dark pour, super dense creamy head, smells like coffee, taste has molasses, raisin and slight caramel notes, some brown bread aftertaste, smooth, creamy and crisp

Mar 24, 2019
4.38 by SkiBum22 from New York on Mar 22, 2019
4 by 7irondave from Massachusetts on Mar 17, 2019
4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Mar 07, 2019
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Mar 04, 2019
4.24 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Mar 03, 2019
4.5 by acurtis from New Jersey on Mar 02, 2019
4.27 by edthehead from New York on Feb 23, 2019
4.29 by doremite from Vermont on Feb 22, 2019
4.44 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Feb 22, 2019
4.29 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Feb 22, 2019
4.09 by Argento from Rhode Island on Feb 21, 2019
4.33 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Feb 20, 2019
Rhetorica from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 27 ratings