arminjewell (9728) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2017
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, dark reddish brown pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, sour cherry, slight acetic note into a bit of funk, yeast, and basement notes. Taste was a mix of sour cherry, oak, bourbon into some vanilla, sour funky notes with a touch of caramel, toffee, raisin, finishing fairly tart, slightly sweet. Interesting, but not sure I’d seek it out again. skrip (230) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017
500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead taster tulip.
A~ murky redish brown with a light tan head and foam coating the glass.
S~ total tartness right up front! dark fruit, tart cherries, brown sugar and a hint of vanilla. hmmm....!
T~ definitely not what i was expecting! first things first, its sour... which by description it should be but kinda strange for the style. you can totally tell its an HF brew haha. still not a bad thing though! the dark fruits come in hard after the initial tartness, tart cherries, dates, and a little fig. all followed by some sour caramel/molasses on the back end which i assume is from the bourbon barrels. extremely interesting!
M~ a little too carbonated for the style. could just be the bottle but it gushed hard! haha very smooth though and leaves a sticky caramel feel in your mouth.
O~ old ale? i’d call it a flanders brown haha. its only any old ale because well... its old lol going senile in those bourbon barrels for far too long haha. aside from Ann this is one of the most interesting brews they have put out for sure. probably just because it wasn’t what i was expecting but hell i don’t think anyone is expecting what this has to offer. a very solid brew! lets just say HF’s resident microflora really took over!
Tmoney99 (15130) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2017
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured cloudy dark brown color and an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate dark fruit, vanilla wood and toasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer. Johnsense (1802) - - MAR 16, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2017 Reddish brown pour, thin offwhite head, red hues. Sour cherry aroma and taste, oak, caramel, red wine, sour, malty, earthy. Milder carbonation. alexsdad06 (11238) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2017
500 ml bottle shared with Tmoney99 and the Dutch’s crew. Pours a hazy brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, dark fruit, wood and, hints spice, hints of tart fruit, caramel, cherry, cherry skins, some mild tart character, a light funk, I was able to avoid the gusher because the kind soul that sent the bottle added a note for proper care before drinking.
ctipping (2280) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2015
500 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 10/6/2014. Deep brown body. Huge khaki head. Thick collar. The bottle gushed when I opened it.
Smells of bourbon and lots of brett. Aggressively bretted. Caramel.
Barrel isn’t as strong in the taste. Brett is stronger. Earthy and red winey. Some tartness and dark fruit flavors. Oak and bourbon come out in the back. Dry and not very sweet at all.
Highly carbonated. Boozy. Medium body.
It doesn’t smack of an unintended infection, but it’s much more controlled. The tartness works pretty well and keeps it a very interesting beer. mR_fr0g (14028) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle shared at the Tropical Croydonia tasting. 01/07/2015. Many thanks to Leighton for the HF hookup. Gusher. Hazed nutty brown coloured pour with a thin light tan head. aroma is sour, tart apple, funk, baby nappy, acidic and woody. Palate is musty mouldy wood, tart and some acid. Tangy apple and varnish in the finsih. Complex depth. Doesn’t do it for me. Scopey (16277) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle big thanks to Leighton. A bit of a gusher. It pours hazy mahogany brown with a small, bubbly beige head. The nose is soft, juicy, caramel, toffee, rye bread, tangy malts, toasty brown sugars, resin, spice, green apple and hot cross bun. They taste is rather different... tart, earthy, vinous, warming alcohol, red wine, fudge, sherbet, Granny Smith apple and stewed plums with a long finish. Medium - full body and fine carbonation. Quite unique. Has a big disconnect between aroma and taste. Interesting stuff....more a sour/wild ale than anything else. The_Osprey (9721) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle share at Paul’s - thanks to Leighton. Bottled May 2014, a little gush on opening. Reddy brown, small foamy tan head. Aroma has bretty lemon, toffee, red berry. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is leaves, brett, earth, touch of sour acidity, a little sweet vanilla toffee, no real bitterness in the finish. Decent. Theydon_Bois (21484) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle split at the Tropical Croydonia tasting on melt day, 01/07/15. Jote - can you write some fancy ass code so that when I rake a HF beer it credits Leighton automatically ? T Hanks.
Hazed mahogany brown with a decent beige covering.
Nose is tarte fruit, brett notes, funky, wood must, dark fruit rinds, subtle bourbon barrel.
Taste comprises toffee, dark fruits, light charr, dates, wooded twang, figgy jam, tarte red berries.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, bretty pangs in a semi drying close.
Decent but not an old ale for me.