RickTheRick (460) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Une mousse pas très significative se pose sur un liquide brunâtre assez trouble. Des fruits, autant secs que confits, dominent le bouquet fort invitant de cette bière. Des notes boisées s’en mêlent également. En bouche, quelle surprise ... une Old Ale au caractère acétique dominant? Je prends la bouteille pour y lire la description et là tout s’explique. Fruitée et sucrée, mais jamais lourde, le caractère boisé se précise lorsque la bière tempère. Un mix entre une Old Ale et une Brune (ou Rouge même) des Flandres. Gros coup de coeur.
Ferris (4981) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Light soured caramel and barrel notes. Cloudy maroon with a decent beige head. Cocoa, soured malts and much like a Flemish red. Rich and oaky with a nice sourness, a great Sour Red a weird Old Ale.
JBPortland (917) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle pours derk brown with red edges and a small finger of head. Nose is musty oak wood, barrel, dried cherry and fruits, Flanders-esque, light funk, leather, beef jerky, nutty. Taste is similar to nose with a soft tartness, heavy oak presence, many twists and turns on the palate, lots of sweet and sour dried berries and earthy nutty wood, very subtle rounded bourbon fruit spice influence. Finish is tart, tannic, funky oak, red grape, soil, sweet and sour dark tart cherry, leather.
Theis (13779) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Øl & Brød - Hill Farmstead Dinner. Clear deep dark brown - golden head. Oxidation. Roasted. Sweetness. Sharpness. Dried fruits. Acid. Sourness. Herbal. Nutty. Sharpness. Light wooden notes. Berries. Dark fruits. Sweetness. Dark syrup. Leather. Nice.
ineedbeer (886) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes taken at last week’s tasting.
Aroma is very dark fruit forward with lits of plum, prune, fig and raisin. Malt notes of toasted bread, light acidity and faint roast. Medium berry notes.
Pours a murky, reddish brown with a tan head and good retention on the edges.
Flavor is slightly acidic with lots of fruit notes. Hints of roast and medium light toasted bread with medium light alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, an alright beer but I’m not sure how I feel about acidic old ales and this one in particular. Way too much fruit character.
Stine (1627) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque, silty red clay pour. The wet deep earth. Aroma signals a Flemish impression with dry chocolate, red wine vinegar, limestone and myriad minerals. Its fervent effervescence rushes the aromas manically, distant heat and wet oak becoming assertive quite quickly. It can seem surprisingly, quietly sweet, with buttery brownie notes and overripe fruit sugars hiding in the deep middle.
The flavor is punchy and acidic, but subversively detailed; orange rind is a major note, with black cherries and red apples filling in the fruit component, while bacterial acids and uncomplicated, pleasant bourbon barrel remnants compose the rest.
The palate is only softly acidic. Calmly organized and clean. The finish is restful; lingering dryness contains traces of restrained alcohol and barrel intonations. An odd creation to be sure, and one that is probably misrepresented with the style designation here. This is reminiscent of a beer like RR Consecration to me.
An uncontrollable gusher, this one: I lost about half of it.
JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted in less than ideal conditions Almost no head, deep redbrown beer. Both liqueurish and sourish/vinous, red fruit on alcohol. Some vanilla aroma too. Sourish, vinous and gradually chocolate and warming alcohol. Unbelievably complex flavourprofile. Warming up, hints of tobacco and tobaccoash, but also pineapple. Liqueur, but almost no vanilla in the flavour. Medium bodied, not more, flat as a pancake (preservation?). Very long lasting flavours. Impressive beer. Txs to M. & L. V.!
hopscotch (9509) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Murky singed-caramel pour, with a small, creamy off white head. Medium to full-bodied with feather-soft carbonation. The flavor is tannic, tart, bready and roasty with a hint of crusty bitterness. Tart, toasty finish. Dries out a touch. Bottle courtesy of the south Florida crew’s newcigarz and ctipping!
77ships (4255) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 1. 500 bottle sampled @ “Exclusive S&G Tasting: Special guest 77ships”. Obtained in a trade with AdamJackson! GUSHER. Dark brown, head only on the sides, looks infected. Smell is sour cherry, tart fruit, oxidation, sour bacteria, infection, chocolate. Taste is tart chocolate, sour bacteria, infection, sour fruit, sour cherry, mocha, vanilla, red grapes, vanilla, hard to pick up on bourbon. Fizzy infected body. Seriously people, this is good for an infected beer but that is about it. I read some of the ratings here, I just think, come on, people. I really do not get the Hill Farmstead worship, I mean this is an infected beer that passes for drinkable & this still scores 95+ on RB. Hill Farmstead has some very nice beer but this is far from the very first miser from these guys.
ansalon (1592) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Hill Farmstead Beer Maker’s Dinner at Øl & Brød October 11th. Pours medium brown with red tints and a low tan head. Aromas of roasted nuts, funk, caramel, roasted malts, honey, dried fruit and some cherries. Taste is caramel, cherries, roasted nuts, funk, caramel, honey and some dried fruit. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry and tart with medium carbonation.