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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This bottling of our Dark Farmhouse Ale, Phenomenology of Spirit, was cooled overnight, exposed to winter air and 100% spontaneously fermented in oak barrels through the introduction of airborne yeast residing in and around our brewery. The beer has rested, quietly, in a diverse selection of oak barrels for nearly 18 months. Naturally carbonated and unfiltered, we feel that this is an authentic expression of our environment and of our brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2051) - Petaluma, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Interesting beer. Smokey inky notes on the nose, burnt oak, leather, and a big pruney fruitiness. Flavor has old cherries, dates, prunes, sweet black licorice candy, leather, dark chocolate, and bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (948) - New York, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle, 09/06/2013. Pours black, light tan head fades to fizzy bubbles on the surface, yet creamy ring of lacing around the glass. Aroma begins with roasted malt, touch of nutty chocolate powder, cherries with lactic funk and wood, bit of earthy must, vanilla, dark vinous acidity. Taste is tart dark cherries, refreshing, sour fruit jam, vinous dry finish, hints of chocolate nibs, vanilla and oak as the beer warms more. Medium body, very bright feel. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Bottle (bottled 6/2013) - Pours cola brown with a thin tan head. Nose is vinegar tart, aggressive, with a bit of cherries, some flower notes, herbal, and some mint. Taste is gentle malt, herbals and florals, and more aggressively tart vinegar. Smooth and lightly carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (1728) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2013
375ml bottle. Pours a thin dark brown/almost black color with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, sour citrus, lactos, and balsamic vinegar. Taste is really sour and vinous. Light roasted malt, balsamic vinegar, and sour grapes, and citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (3754) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2013
375ml bottle shared by Ed5388, thanks breu. Poured a thicker bodied deep muddy blackish brown with an average sized tight foamy light beige head. Aroma is loads of sour, cherry, chocolate, wet oak, light alcohol notes, syrup, bactene. Great palate, lighter bodied with softer carbonation and that all around Hill Farmstead delicate mouthfeel. Flavor of yeast, choclatey, vinegar, acid, eraser shavings, slight spice, sourness. Solid beer but a saison???

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (548) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
375 mL bottle. Aroma is fairly malty with some nice dark grain spice. Has a character similar to rye. Light fruity acidity with a touch of spice. Light funky, enteric, vegetal note but it works well. Pours a moderately dark brown with a touch of ruby notes. Light tan head with moderately good retention. Light lacing and small legs. Flavor is slightly acidic upfront with some lactic acid. Light cherry and berry fruit notes along with a touch of tropical fruit. Light vegetal note in the finish much like the aroma. Fairly dry finish with some lingering dark, tart fruit and some acidity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency with medium low alcohol warmth. Overall a surprisingly good spontaneously fermented beer. Everything is well balanced without being overboard, but nothing really shines and leads the way either. It is odd the way the tropical fruit blends with the dark malt to create an almost rye character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
My Bottom Line :
This very dry and tart creation develops pepper-laden earth notes alongside black grape fruitiness and wood before delving into a citric and lactic finish.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sizeable head of foam covers the darkness.
-That acidity is nearly refreshing (it’s a tad too intense to be purely refreshing, mind you).
-Carbonation is fluffy and all natural, which makes the dryness still feel quite comfortable.
-Lemon juice acidity and fruitiness stick to the palate in the finish.
-This is another one of those black brews which would surprise those who correlate color and flavor...


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ReggieDunlap (2927) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2013
pours dark brown wirh a medium tan head. aroma has nice tart oak...vinous...some tart dark fruit and just a hint of booziness. Flavor is much more tart than the aroma suggests...pleasant soury/roasty dark fruit and lots of oak...wonderfully vinous and tart. Mouthfeel is light and the finish is tart/fruit/oak and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (2893) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
Bottle, thank you Colin and family! Bottled June 2013. Interesting aroma- some smoke, a bit of funk, some dark fruit, wood. Very dark murky brown, little head. Wow - huge tart taste - was not expecting that. They have recreated Belgium in Vermont :) . Lovely red wine, wood, dark fruit character. Heavy grape characteristic to this in finish. Lovely complex stuff - well done HF.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Chestnut pour with garnet tints. Fluffy off white head. Vinous funk and dark fruit jam lead to bright lactic acidity and light oak character. Medium body with caressing effervescence and a super dry finish. Most struck by the complexity of funk. Hard to pinpoint and wholly enjoyable.

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