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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A- Rich brown, almost black, with a tan head of about one finger with quite a bit of lacing.
S- Mild funk, some grape-like notes, roasted dark malt, some walnut, smells boozier than it is too.
T- Pleasantly sour, very pronounced walnut that pairs well with the oak barrel aging.
M- A little low in carbonation, very smooth, wine like character. Pleasant mixed aftertaste of roasted malt and slight funk.
O- Was surprised when I saw this for sale at the brewery since it was not listed on their website. Very glad that I got one bottle to try. Pairs very well with wild turkey meat.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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Elaborative #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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