Elaborative #6
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #461
Not listed
Ranked #3,676
4.42 | pDev: 4.98%
Feb 22, 2024
May 20, 2023
Brewed in June of 2020 in collaboration with Brad Clark of Private Press Brewing, both Elaborative Six and Seven are comprised of a 33º imperial stout aged simultaneously in wet bourbon barrels and freshly imported cognac barrels for 26 months, then blended. Six stands on its own, representative of that intended expression.
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look - Black and thick with a nice slight head but great rimming and lacing
Smell - nice rich sweet barrel chocolate and Cognac
Taste - chocolate malts with brown sugar caramel a ton of barrel and bourbon and cognac
Feel - Full body creamy light carb
OVerall - great bleand, outstanding beer
Feb 22, 2024
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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Black with limited tan head and no real lacing to speak of. The bourbon and cognac while both present seem to feature more of the cognac than bourbon, with subtle notes of roasty coffee, chocolate, and date on the finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Jan 07, 2024
Rated: 4.5 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Dec 28, 2023
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like fruity cognac, milk chocolate, oak, caramelly bourbon, a touch of licorice and roasted malt, and vanilla.

This feels more successful than Elaborative Seven was. It’s still a bit sweeter than expected, but the lack of vanilla allows for interesting barrel nuances to come through. There’s some nice fruitiness and spice from cognac, and some nice vanilla and toasted oak. There’s lots of milk chocolate, a touch of licorice, some roast, and coffee-like flavors.

This is medium bodied, very creamy, and pretty rich, with sweetness lingering.

I don’t think either of these stand up to the best in this series – that would be Elaborative Three or Five. But they were still quite enjoyable.
Nov 25, 2023
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
Tried blind alongside Elaborative 7. The two are surprisingly similar and my partner guessed that this one was Elaboartive 7. Both are the sweetest stouts I've had to date from HF. The nose is spirits-forward (more bourbon than cognac) with rich milk chocolate, espresso, and dried dark fruit. Flavors are sweet and chocolatey. Mouthfeel is quite thin for the style, with moderate carbonation. Overall quite delicious albeit a bit pricey

Sep 30, 2023
Rated: 4.24 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Aug 01, 2023
Rated: 4 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jun 18, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by MJSFS from Florida

Jun 16, 2023
Rated: 4.53 by chippo33 from Vermont

Jun 16, 2023
Rated: 4.65 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Jun 05, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

May 31, 2023
Elaborative #6 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 11 ratings