Elaborative #1 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Elaborative #1 was brewed in November of 2011 with our friends Brad Clark and Chad Yakobson. A brown ale brewed with freshly harvested Ohio walnuts. The beer was aged in oak barrels, each barrel with a different blend of wild yeast and bacteria representative of the participating brewers. After 18 months, the distinct threads were blended back together and refermented in the bottle.

The Elaborative: A brewing collaboration with like-minded friends. A fermentative experiment through thoughtful enquiry and discourse. A desire to further our understanding of the interactive complexities of our process while trying to abandon our preconceptions...

Added by MasterSki on 04-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
280
Reviews:
38
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
7.8%
 
 
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114
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57
For Trade:
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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Bottle purchased and drank at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a pretty dark brown, with an off white head, and no lacing.

Smells like toffee, caramel, and maybe a bit of chocolate, and tons of amazingly flavorful walnuts, with a slight tart aroma.

This has to be one of the most unique sours I've ever had. The walnuts are an awesome and dynamic flavor component, making a warm nutty flavor. There's some chocolate and toffee with a bit of caramel. This has probably the most interesting malt backbone of a sour I've ever had. The sourness is soft, more of a tartness, really, with some lemon, sour cherry and mild funk.

This is lighter bodied, with a normal level of carbonation.

This is so unique and wonderful. It feels kind of a like a really nice oud bruin.

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I rarely think of brown ales as being beautiful in the glass, but this one is. It's a deep mahogany or cherry stain that wouldn't be out of place in grandpa's study. The pillowy head is a capuchino tan. The nose is delicate citrus and rubbery, dusty funkiness. The flavor profile is balanced and sophisticated, as you would expect out of any HF beer. There's Chardonnay grapes, a spritz of lemon, and a subtle nuttiness. The nut flavor evolves into something a tad more sharp and bitter like the skins on peanuts. The whole thing wraps up with a bit of pencil eraser and dustiness from the souring bugs. The sourness is present, but never veers into Tums territory. Very nice.

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Elaborative #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.36 out of 5 based on 280 ratings.
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