Hill Farmstead Works of Love (De Molen - 2013)

 
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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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In the summer of 2013, our dear friend Menno Olivier, owner and brewer of Brouwerij De Molen, visited Hill Farmstead and collaborated on an imperial stout, which was then aged for 20 months in hand-selected 25-year-old bourbon barrels. With classic De Molen malt character, rich body, beautiful barrel notes and appropriately light carbonation, this expresses beautifully what friendship and respect can contribute when creating a beer. 375ml

375ml, $20, Released August 2015 only at Hill Farmstead Brewery

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3.3
ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2017
Magnum (!!!) shared by AdamChandler on 7/8/17. Thanks!
Inky, jet black body of undetermined clarity topped by a charred-tan head showing moderate retention.
Thick, rich, bitter, oily roast mixes with light vanilla, a large amount of baker's chocolate and both earthy and fruity notes from the dark malt. Caramel and toffee are definitely there for balance, but the scales are still tipped on the side of the dark, roasty, acidic characteristics, while the finish pushes even more in that direction via strong alcohol suggestions. It's not messy/sharp, but it's certainly present and seems a bit overly pervasive. This is a dark, vinous, alcoholic, roasty, monster!
Similarly, in the mouth, it's rather unrelentingly bitter, acidic, roasty and full of tobacco, ash, char, long vinous notes and, fortunately, a thick, chewy, soft body that has more actual malt texture than it does flavor. Molasses-like notes hit pretty hard through the middle and together with dry, bitter, baker's chocolate, carry through to the roasty, somewhat ashen, alcoholic finish. Again, it's not sharp and messy, but the alcohol cuts the texture and eventually fatigues the palate. On one hand it's impressive that such a rich, thick, strong, intense beer still has some semblance of malt balance and doesn't come off messy/sharp, but on the other, it's still too intensely charred, roasty, bitter and richly vinous for me. Let's check back in about 5 or so years....

3.7
WillRunForBeer (2728) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2017
Magnum shared by AdamChandler. Big thanks, Adam! I have a bottle of this at home that I suspect I will hold a while longer. Pours nearly black with a beige head. Nose is dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak. Flavor is dark chocolate, bourbon, oak. Mellows a bit as it opens, but this is still surprisingly boozy for a 2013 brew.

3.8
AirForceHops (7679) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 8, 2017
Magnum shared by AdamChandler. Aroma is vanilla, charred molasses, and deep roasted grain. Bourbon is pretty mild at this point.

Flavor of licorice, roast, oak, wisps of bourbon in the finish. The body is solid and no doubt has a huge grain bill. The problem with the enormous grain bill is it bumped up the sugar which in turns increases the alcohol content. I mean boozy as all hell! I love huge Imperial stouts but definitely WAY more booze than I was expecting from a 2013 vintage that had so much time to mellow / masked the ABV. A bit harsh.

3.6
skrip (227) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2017
*9/30/2015 375ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead taster A~ pitch black, real tiny head and no lacing at all. S~ crazy vanilla up front followed by a little booze. a rush of dark roasty malt and tons of caramel mid pallet! mmm...! T~ pretty much all there from the nose which is pretty amazing! just more toasted oak here and a rush of sweet smooth bourbon on end! M~ my only complaint is its a bit thin for an imperial stout, but other than that its got perfect carb and its super smooth! O~ probably one of the best stouts from HF, the only other i can think of that i liked better might be BA Earl and that was too long ago! De Molen definitely had a lot of influence here and boy does it show! oh but most importantly that barrel!

3.9
yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2016
J’ignore pourquoi, mais vette bouteille me tourmente depuis le jour où je l’ai achetée. Conscient que les stouts de Shaun se bonifient considérablement avec le temps, j’ai choisi de donner beaucoup de temps à celui-ci, bien que je n’ai jamaos goûté la bière fraîche. Un drôle de coup de dés c’est certain. Je verse. Filme huileux en surface d’un liquide au corps visqueux et lourd sans qu’aucune mousse ne lui fasse obstruction. Je reconnais les traces de la brasserie européenne ici. Splendides arômes de chocolat, de vanille boisées émanant d’un bourbon généreux et ample. Du marshmallow et du gateau. Tres alcoolIisee, chaude et ample, je sens une grande quantite de bourbon caramelise. Beaucoup de reconfort, beaucoup de joie!

4
djd07 (15341) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is smoke, roast, cocoa, wood. Thick body, chewy, roast, dark chocolate, wood, bourbon, smoke finish, very nice.

4.2
MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2016
Bottle. Pours an inky black, headless beer with the aroma of vanilla fudge, wood, caramel, molasses and licorice. Loads of bourbon notes in there. Flavor is sweet and boozy. sticky sweet molasses, sweeter bourbon boozy notes. Long, sweet aftertaste, full bodied and softly carbonated. This is an amazing brew. Great stuff.

4
RobertDale (6755) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 10, 2016
500 ml. bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, and lots of bourbon. Perhaps a bit too much bourbon. Fabulous to sip on.

3.9
sjogro (4647) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2016
Sampled from bottle at Kingsnight Avoidance Tasting. Black almost no tan head ;-). Sweet roasted grain, chocolate, red wine, quite alcoholic. Very sweet, light bitter. Medium body low carbonation.

4.2
rouhlas (3736) - GREECE - MAR 6, 2016
500 ml bottle shared with friends at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, from trade with Frank. Black color with small brown head. Malty aroma, light roasted, bourbon, dark dried fruits, plums, raisins, figs, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, light coconut, wood, alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma with some coffee addition. Medium to full silky oily body with soft carbonation.


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