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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3.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is deep brown with dark ruby red edges and a tight light brown head. Nose is tart cherry, faint lacto, lots of oaky wood and vanilla. Taste is tart, the walnuts come through a bit. Medium body and fairly present carbonation. Taste leans towards a Flanders red with strong oak and vanilla. The nuttiness is through the finish.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Pours a murky mahogany with a large off-white head.

S. Big lactic aroma. Toasted grain, strawberry, and a nutty aroma that is quite unique.

T. Vinous, light acetic acid, walnut husk, lactic finish. Simple.

M. Between light and medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O. This was enjoyable, and the walnut flavor came through more than I expected, but it's a somewhat one-dimensional beer. For the length and variety of barrel-aging I'm not really picking up much barrel complexity.

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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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A- dark brown, with a beige/ cream colored head

S-slight walnuts, and then the funks/ sour comes through. right off the bat, this reminds me of the dutchess

T- mellow initially, then the walnuts come through a little, finishers off very sour

M- very sour/ funky. A little over carbonated for my taste

0- a good beer. I would put it in the category of try it once, but it may be more difficult to attain then what it is worth.

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Elaborative #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 281 ratings
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