Elaborative #1 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

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.

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Ratings: 283 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by Pinknuggets:
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4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to HFS Sniffer

A: dark brown but almost reddish mahogany in color with hues of bright red on the outside. It has a creamy tan brown head that leaves a heavy lacing that stays in the glass. It is pretty much completely opaque.

S: Upfront there are smells of oak and funk the wild yeast and long aging really makes its presence felt. There are some notes of walnuts and dark fruit with a little tiny bit of sweetness.

T: In the beginning it is pretty tart to the point its almost overwhelming, but immediately the brown and walnuts hit you and everything is smoothed out. The tartness does not disappear but becomes a lot more sweet as the walnut and oak flavor really stand out in finish that without being repetitive is completely smooth.

M: The carbonation adds to the tartness up front to almost burn your tongue but the aging and the brown ale parts come through making this beer really smooth and incredibly drinkable. The finish is probably one of the best I've ever had.

O: This is definitely the best brown sour I have ever had and is definitely an extremely high quality beer. The flavor is tart and sweet in the start but smooth nutty with a hint of oak in the finish. The transformation this beer makes in your mouth is amazing especially when coupled with the use of wild yeast and barrel aging if you can get this beer do so.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

what an absurd beer this is, i have to imagine next to ungettable at this point, but thats a shame because its drinking absurdly well. a huge thanks to my new friend from back east, sharing this with me was flattering and awesome and a joy both in terms of the beer and the company, i owe ya one dude! the beer is remarkable, a cool collaboration with jackie o and crooked stave where this walnut saison was made and then fermented with each house yeast, and finally blended together, at least if i understand it correctly. i think the complexity that trio of ferments lends to the beer makes it truly one of a kind, and its maturity now is unrivaled. medium reddish brown from the little bottle, sporting a sudsy and airy tan head, lively though for its age, with a nose of rich wet wood, vanilla, spicy yeast, burnt sugar, maple, honest fresh walnut, toasted bread crusts, black and green peppercorn, toffee, raisin, fig, clove, walnutty tawny port and amarone wine, and really cool wild bretts, funky, fruity, and acidic. i cant stop smelling it, licorice root and chocolate come in, more vanilla, cooked and earthy and sweet all at the same time, one of the best smelling beers ive ever put my beak to. the flavor is great too, the walnut aspect may have faded some but its still there, sort of raw or floury, not toasted and dried like we usually see them, and with a ton of funkiness to it, highlighted by all the wood. fruit vinegar and red wine, super old brett, funky belgian brux type to me but also a more wild one, tending more acidic, especially with the age. raisin and cherry and medicine, light roasted coffee, mild char, vanilla, almond, lambic weirdness, just killer and super interesting! fizzy still and lively on the palate, tart and drying almost gritty at the end, warming up well, as complex as it gets and just seriously fabulously cool. up their with the rooibos tea one as my favorite in this series. really next level at this point, the nose, ohhhhh the nose...

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger foamy cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, dark brown-amber. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. A great looking brew.

Nose is sweet off the bat with hints of vinegar and sour red fruit. Some nuttiness is apparent but if I didn't know it was supposed to be there, I'd confuse it with a sharper tartness. A woody funk too. Decent and moderately aromatic. Good balance too.

Opens tart red fruit with some nutty shell bitterness. Tart in the middle with a vinegary lean. Prunes and more red fruit at the middle. Funk and oak at the back end. Finishes dry with a light, prickly bitterness. Tart aftertaste. Very solid.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down aggressive and foamy. Finishes dry with a slightly puckering, but mostly clean aftertaste. Really good.

A very impressive offering from Hill Farmstead, Elaborative 1 leans more towards the Flanders style than an AWA but for what it is, its very good. Nice balance in the nose and palate with an outstanding feel to pull everything together. Definitely worth seeking out!

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Photo of leschkie
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky brown. Small khaki head. Nice surface wisps and retention.

Smell - Wow, it actually smells like walnuts. Sharp acidity. Lactic. White pepper.

Taste - Sharp sourness. A little bit of letdown. Malty. Nuts come out in the back.

Mouthfeel - Not as dry as Prolegomena. Better body. Nutty.

Overall - A unique take. I expected something similar to Prolegomena, but this has a totally different profile.

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Photo of KMcG
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of mobius387
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into hill farmstead stemware

appearance: dark oaky brown, thick vanilla bubbly head, opaque, few bubbles clutching the sides and bottom of glass. is this a stout? no, no, its a wild

aroma: nutty, oaky, charred, brett, very nice and robust

palate: medium body, minimal carbonation, soft on the tongue, easy to drink

taste: i get black cherries, oak, tart, some molasses, a hint of hops, so smooth

overall: i have to say, this is one of the best sours ive had by HF. i love them for their ipas and saisons, but this is fantastic as well. a superbly balanced wild, tart enough to be a quality sour, but robust enough to offer much more than just sour power.

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Photo of gr8zehaman
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Kinsman
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fills the glass with a rich mahogany color and a big and fluffy tan head. First whiff gives you a healthy dose of fruity tartness overlaying a more subtle sweet malty note. Hard to pick up on any nutty notes at this point.

Refreshingly tart on the first sip without being too sour. Lemony citrus notes come through alongside a bit of a sweet white wine note. As it warms, it opens up a bit to show the maltier side of things. FInishes nicely with just a touch of the woody barrel flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and rather crisp. Carbonations seems to be spot on. Overall, and excellent wild ale, though the walnuts seem to be hidden by all the wild yeast and barrel flavors.

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Photo of Keith_R
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Elaborative #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 283 ratings