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Hogwash! - Fullsteam Brewery

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very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 10
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fullsteam Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hickory Smoked Brown Porter brewed to be paired with North Carolina Barbecue.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 07-06-2010)
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Photo of deafbrew
2.6/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A growler from Fullsteam. Impressive head with nice lacing. The smoke nose gives you a hint of what's to come, but unfortunately that hickory overpowers everything else, including the roasty malt. A bit jarring.

Tried it with some ham to see if would be more complementary, but it battled the food instead of blending with it. Love everything else I've had from Fullsteam, but not this one.

deafbrew, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of danfix99
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

danfix99, Mar 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

mportnoy, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

ncstateplaya, May 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

bs870621345, Jan 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

herrburgess, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Verecund
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mix between chocolate and dark red with a fairly frothy one finger head. Decent lacing.

It's always an interesting task to describe the particular character of the smoke in rauchbiers. This one features burnt wood, like a campfire that has died out, roasted malts, and smoked sausage. Honestly, it's like liquid smoke.

Roasted malt, a sweet toasty maltiness, liquid smoke, and beef jerky. For me, there's nothing to off-set the smoke - the porter is drowned out. In that way, the base is a nice conduit for the smokiness, but there just isn't much to say about the beer otherwise. No chocolate notes, no coffee, and the watery mouthfeel again serves as a detriment.

Medium-light in body.

Verecund, Mar 06, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Mantooth, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

jtladner, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Kegatron, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

jsanford, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

fehrminator, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

IPAchris, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

nmann08, Nov 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

napetry, Mar 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

HamGlade10, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

mklinger, Jul 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Radiosox, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of ewright
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into my Duck Rabbit Milk Stout glass. This has the best head of any growler beer I've ever had. I'm sure this is due in no small part to the nice vacu-seal growler top Fullsteam uses. The beer pours out a clear dark brown with mahogany notes from the small amount of light that shines through.

This beer is billed as a smoked porter and the nose doesn't lie. Bold campfire aroma up front with a spicy smoked meat component akin to andouille sausage. No hop aroma is noticeable, but that's fine for a porter.

The smoke isn't quite as prominent on the tongue, but it's still the dominant flavor component. A bit of the dark roasted malt shows through with some caramel/toffee. There's a faint smoked ham note up front, but the smoke is more obvious in the aftertaste.

The beer feels just a bit thin on the tongue. It would be nice if it stuck around just a slight bit longer. Carbonation is just right for the style, medium with a slight prickle, but not effervescent. Although this isn't a complex beer, I keep going back for more. That's a good thing considering I have 3 more pints of it in the fridge!

ewright, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally trying this! Brought in a Pork Sandwich from the Q Shack. What a pariring!

Pours deep brown with red hues. Very small head.

Smell isnt as loaded with smoke like i expected, but actually makes it appealing.

Initially, the smoke is very subdued, making this beer rather lifeless, but as you drink the smoke really becomes the forefront as it should. This beer needs the hickory smoke to be right.

VncentLIFE, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Good Bottle co. A lighter brown pour than most, thin layer of frothy off white head.

Aroma,  toasted malt, dark chocolate and very nice smokey wood.

Taste,  herbal notes up front, followed by a nice beach wood and barbeque smoke.  The smoke is husky.  Some light chocolate malt.  A pretty dry clean finish though.
Definetely more of a smoked beer, not much porter characteristics.

Not quite medium body, fairly lively carbonation. Drinks very easy, as long as you like smoke. A tad thin feeling, I think the finish is the only flaw.
Liked this one quite a bit, though a bit muddling in the finish.

Bung, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery

The description claims it's bacon in a glass so of course I'm intrigued.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a thick head. Nose detects hickory smoke which does indeed invoke bacon. Taste is roasted malt and hickory/smoke flavor.The hickory takes over the taste buds as the pint continues, though you don't really get closer to bacon in a glass than this. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little more watery than you would expect. Overall a great offering; a completely different porter than anyone else is offering as far as I've ever seen.

tdm168, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw a few Fullsteam growlers at Sam's today and decided to splurge. The brewery is right down the road, I should make a pit stop in there soon. Pours a dark, almost murky brown with little head. The nose is heavy on the woodsmoke and barely smells like a beer at all, although dark malt does emerge as it warms.

Once again, this is a heavily smoked porter and that flavor rules from the tip of the tongue until the final aftertaste. Some dry brown malt, peat, earth, and dark baker's chocolate dance around the outside. The texture is thin and could use a little more heft to handle the smorgasbord of flavors. I can definitely see why the guy at Sam's told me to try it with a barbecue sandwich.

Overall this is original, interesting stuff. If anything it reminds me of a rauchbier or something else so highly smoked that you feel like you're drinking a smoked sausage.

daliandragon, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +1.8%

dirtylou, Dec 31, 2013
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Hogwash! from Fullsteam Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.