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Holger Danske - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Holger Danske
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

194 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 37
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Smoked Brown Ale

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 11-14-2010)
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jmilo64

Maine

1/5  rDev -75.7%

06-26-2013 02:39:08 | More by jmilo64
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hawkmage

California

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

12-31-2011 04:49:28 | More by hawkmage
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chippo33

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

11-30-2012 03:31:55 | More by chippo33
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.2/5  rDev -22.3%

Hill Holger, on tap at Pony Bar, served in their eight-ounce glass.

Appearance: Shiny ruby-chestnut-fancy wood color. Classic head that doesn't last, thick lacing.

Smell: Weak nose for a big, smoked brew. Chocolate, bacon, fireplace, smokehouse in Alaska.

Taste: Sweeter than I expected, and again- weak. A tangy/funky (almost sour) touch at the end. Some peated whiskey notes, umami. Maybe some chicory. Wood. Not very impressive.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and flavor, low carbonation. Thin all around. Astringent at the end.

Overall: Drinkable and pleasant enough, but unremarkable- more so coming from the mighty Hill.

10-28-2012 22:43:53 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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curlybird

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

07-22-2014 02:31:54 | More by curlybird
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bierdabbler

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -15%

10-23-2012 23:10:40 | More by bierdabbler
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Amalak

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15%

11-28-2012 03:34:56 | More by Amalak
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -15%

01-29-2013 19:46:10 | More by largadeer
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unclejazz

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15%

02-09-2013 00:28:27 | More by unclejazz
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ScottHeidrich119

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -15%

11-09-2012 15:35:50 | More by ScottHeidrich119
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -15%

04-12-2014 02:51:25 | More by mltobin
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ObiWanKushnobi

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -15%

10-29-2012 02:33:57 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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goldspire

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15%

08-20-2014 01:55:40 | More by goldspire
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rthomp

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -15%

10-12-2013 00:06:29 | More by rthomp
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -15%

04-29-2013 22:26:58 | More by tom10101
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Small khaki head. Gone quickly. Transparent.

Smell - Woody and smokey. Malty, but I can't smell any real sugary components.

Taste - More malty. Less intense on the smoke. Very woody. Deep caramel malt, but again no sweetness. Smoke gets stronger throughout. A little chocolate in the back. Ashyand woody finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Very strong and bitter finish.

Overall - This is intense, but very strong. Much more caramel as it warms, but still strong verging on rough.

10-26-2013 00:10:32 | More by Alieniloquium
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9%

01-20-2014 15:33:44 | More by Griffith
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9%

12-02-2013 21:17:59 | More by waddellc2
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heffnate77

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

09-27-2012 17:52:26 | More by heffnate77
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9%

01-09-2013 03:26:54 | More by Luk13
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9%

10-01-2012 14:12:53 | More by oldp0rt
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9%

Served on-tap at Capone's into a sampler glass.

A - Pours deep, dark, brown with a strong half finger off-white head, dissipating to spotty patches of head, leaving streaks of lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of smokey darkness in this one for sure. A bit of chocolate and dark roasted coffee lend a bit of balance but the smokey ash permeates all aspects of the nose.

T - Lots of smoke up front giving way slowly to a mix of smokey ash and sweet roasty malt. Finish is, you guessed it, plenty of lingering smoke. I think this is what a beer would taste like if I brewed it in my fire pit. Soooo much smoke, if it was a little bit more balanced I think this could be an excellent smoked beer.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice soft feel on the pallet is a welcome addition to all that smoke. Finish is quite smokey becoming overpowering over the course of the glass.

D - Pretty good. I like smoked beers but this one was VERY smokey. I think I could still drink a few of these but the aftertaste would definitely get to me over time.

01-17-2011 20:55:09 | More by orangesol
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malfunxion

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

08-19-2014 04:13:43 | More by malfunxion
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wiltznucs

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9%

12-04-2013 01:07:26 | More by wiltznucs
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jbuddle

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

01-22-2013 21:30:22 | More by jbuddle
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Holger Danske from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.