Holger Danske - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
Had on tap at Prohibition Pig and Blackback. I always feel bad deducting points for a style I'm not crazy about. I like smoke... don't love it and had it up against a few other HF brews. Was still pretty amazing. Just felt like the smoke was out of place. More like an experiment, and yet still about a 90 in my book. Speaks volumes for HF~
11-27-2013 05:01:41 | More by BrewUSA
4.45/5 rDev +8%
Had this on tap at Whetstone Station in Brattleboro VT.
Damn good beer - thought about getting a side of bacon to go alongside it.
It looks like a dark beer. That's because it is one.
The strong smell of smokiness is due to the malts being smoked over beech wood I'm told - which explains the pleasant campfirey quality there.
The taste is complex, there's a fair amount of acridity, but it's well balanced by a light caramelly sweetness and nice clean hop bitterness... it's a taste reminiscent of a bitter dark chocolate in that way. The smokiness is powerful without being overwhelming or off-putting. I feel like this beer is getting away with something.
The mouthfeel is phenomenal - it's at once smooth as silk and a little stingy with carbonation - it's got some kind of funky chemistry going on too, it'll strip the enamel off your teeth (but you know, in a nice way).
Overall this is a great beer. I've had several from Hill Farmstead here at Whetstone, and up till now my experience has been that they're always very crisp & clean with no frills... This is the first one I've tried that had anything I'd consider a 'frill.'
The smokiness in this is strong enough that I can't say I'd drink it every day, regardless of the obvious quality of the ingredients and process... It's a great beer - but I don't think I'll have another, if that puts it in perspective a bit.
11-19-2013 17:34:29 | More by bonkus
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
On-tap at Hill Farmstead. Reviewed while in line for growler fills. Review written from notes. Consumed on 11/2.
A - Brown approaching black. Pour yielded 1 finger head of whitish head. Left lacing as liquid receded.
S - No doubt about it... smelled of smoke.
T - Also dominated by a smoky flavor with a lasting tart finish.
M - As with all HF beers, outstanding quality. Clean and crisp.
O - I say this with respect for HF products, but a "smoked beer" seems more of a novelty to me. The smoky flavor was clearly represented in the mouth, but not something I would seek out. It was worth a try though.
11-04-2013 15:32:33 | More by Duane_Opfer
Holger Danske from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.