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Holger Danske - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Holger Danske
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92
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194 Ratings
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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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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9%

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

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-29-2013 03:00:59 | More by Mikeypnh
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BrewUSA

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

Holger Danske

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 16/20

Overall 89/100

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
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arusso13

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-25-2013 15:20:29 | More by arusso13
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POTABLE83

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-25-2013 04:12:13 | More by POTABLE83
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innuendobrewskiman63

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-24-2013 20:23:39 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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Beersalesman802

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-24-2013 18:43:21 | More by Beersalesman802
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LoveStout

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-23-2013 03:32:22 | More by LoveStout
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-23-2013 03:31:10 | More by acurtis
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bonkus

Vermont

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
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smutty33

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-15-2013 02:30:13 | More by smutty33
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CTJman

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-14-2013 15:49:02 | More by CTJman
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agreenman19

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-14-2013 03:58:45 | More by agreenman19
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vonnegut21

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-13-2013 18:23:56 | More by vonnegut21
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Miamilice

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-11-2013 00:18:26 | More by Miamilice
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cwelsh55

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-10-2013 03:24:56 | More by cwelsh55
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BfloBrewHound

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-08-2013 15:52:57 | More by BfloBrewHound
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rodemey2

New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

11-07-2013 01:38:42 | More by rodemey2
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jamesewelch

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-06-2013 22:01:20 | More by jamesewelch
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-04-2013 23:09:04 | More by JRod1969
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jmmy3

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-04-2013 15:56:45 | More by jmmy3
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

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
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-03-2013 03:14:25 | More by BGsWo22
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ZEB89

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-02-2013 23:09:38 | More by ZEB89
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Colosdog

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-02-2013 19:43:10 | More by Colosdog
Holger Danske from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.