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Holger Danske - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Holger Danske
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 41
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:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 11-14-2010

Smoked Brown Ale
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Blackback, Waterbury. HD is a deep brown in color with a nice cap of beige carbonation. The base structure brings out a lot of robust malt character on the brown ale end of the spectrum, in a balanced complexity - browned bread, toffee and caramel, chocolate malt, and deep toast. Alongside runs an implanted and balanced beechwood smoke - meaty and very pleasant, backs up well to the firm malt back. On the fuller side of moderate in body with a moderate, gentle carbonation. Unique from any other smoked beer I’ve had, very nice.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Prohibition Pig.

Pours a clear deep mahogany with a bubbly light brown head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is a light smokiness mixed with some caramel sweetness.

Taste upfront is slightly sweet--caramel, brown sugar, and toasted malt backed with a light smokiness. Slightly sweet toasted malt finish with a little smokiness still coming through. Lingering mix of brown sugar sweetness and bitterness.

Medium body with moderate/high carbonation makes this an easy drinker. Very clean finish.

Good, but somewhat boring. However, the smoke is nicely integrated and compliments the base beer--which to me has a lot of the qualities of a scotch ale--without overpowering it.


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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-medium to dark brown with a smallish tan head and some lacing

S-dark roasted malt, smoke, coffee, hints of chocolate

T-smoky dark malt, coffee, light chocolate, hint of pine and slight bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and silky, creamy

O-a great beer with barbecue, this had a great smooth feel and good flavor, but not as much smoke as I anticipated

Holger Danske from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.