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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Tart Brown Ale brewed with Ohio Walnuts. Aged 18 months in a variety of oak barrels with culture from each of the 3 participating breweries ... in friendship with Brad at Jackie O’s and Chad at Crooked Stave. Brewed in November 2011. 375ml.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (347) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - APR 5, 2015
Bottle from a trade with tferillio, cheers dude! Pours a deep brown, almost black with a light-brown eggshell head. Aroma is slightly tart, redcurrants, raspberries and slight vinegar. Taste is blackberries, red cherries, oak, light acidic vinegar, raspberries, red grapes, red apples and walnuts. Medium bodied with a long and a medium sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpongeRuiner (884) - Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2015 Big thanks to tectactoe. A dark dark red color with a big foamy slightly brown head. Very aggressive. A sharp sour vinegar aroma with a grassy earthy sense to it. Extremely refreshing. A big barrel aged presence. Very woody and oaky. As far as the walnuts go there’s a slight nutty back feel. Almost a coating feel. Also dry in the end. A very unique brew. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3000) - Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle: Deep, muddy, murky brown body, completely opaque with a leathery, khaki foam that settles nicely to a film & collar across the top. Complex & somewhat perplexing aroma. Very good but hard to grasp. Toasty malts, strong wet oak & critter laden farmhouse funk, black cherry, a hint of lemon rind, faint touch of cinnamon, a little floral potpourri (very mild), a touch of nuttiness, though I wouldn’t ever guess walnuts on my own. There’s an intriguing, vague, semisweet spice or fruitiness that I can’t place... But I like it. Nice flavor of heavy, damp cotton & horsey funk, driftwood, semi acidic cherry skins, faint lactic acid, hints of balsamic vinegar, faint lemon, toasty malts & a timid nutty note that hangs on the back-end. More mild notes of tobacco, earthy funk, & rotten dark fruit. Lots of vinous oak & even some red grape towards the finish. The walnuts aren’t a huge factor until the aftertaste; they kind of coat the mouth, almost like when you get done eating walnuts... That oily, nutty feeling they leave behind. Super unique, tasty stuff. Shaun Hill does it yet again. Are you surprised?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (2460) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2015
THX Bart for sharing! Shared also with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: dark red brown beer, nice stable beige head. NOSE: sour, oak, fruity, cherries. TASTE: sour, oak, fruity, cherries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2047) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle via and shared with oakbluff. Very dark amber in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas are of caramelized pears, light malt, a bit of lemon, and even lighter funk. Light bodied and acidic with some toasty malt and orchard fruit elements. The barrel aging has done some weird things to this beer, but the results are still tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (3524) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2014
Black brown colour, off-white head. Aroma of white grape, red fruits, malts, quite fruity, hint of walnuts. Medium sour flavour, citrus, malts, citric acid, white wine. Sour finish, citric acid, light roasted malts, light toasted wood, light nutty. Nice!
(from 50 (?) cL bottle shared @ ZZT 9. From trade with mathieuc, Thanks!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luk_ (223) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
Botte. Pours a deep brown with beige head and nice lacing. Walnuts are definitly present in the aroma, slightly roasted, with red wine vinegar and brown sugar. Taste is quite acidic, oaky, red fruits and light nuts. Palate is smooth and creamy. Vers good flanders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14114) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle at Øl & Brød - Hill Farmstead Dinner. Clear dark red/brown Mahogany - offwhite head. Metallic. Fruity. Roasted. Nutty. Vanilla. Caramel. Ok nutty. Light wooden. Acid. Oakey notes. Lots of tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (1758) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle at Hill Farmstead Beer Maker’s Dinner at Øl & Brød October 11th. Pour a dark brown with a medium tan head. Aromas of caramel, roasted nuts, burnt sugar and funk. Taste is caramel, roasted nuts, funk, cherries and burnt sugar. Mouthfeel is quite dry and tart with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (2560) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2014
Pours murky brown with a finger of light tan head. Aroma of barnyard, light chocolate, dark fruit. Taste is light berry tart, slightly roasty, light chocolate, cherry finish. Body is light and crisp with average carbonation.

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