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Hogwash! - Fullsteam Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 8
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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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-14-2013 00:00:51 | More by nmann08
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a roasted chesnut brown into color with a nice frothy off white head that settled into a creamy mass pretty quickly,aromas are a little light with that hickory smoke most prominant,a tinge coffee roast as well.The hickory flavors really are the main component on the palate but it doesnt overwhelm to much,its not intense and in your face,it lingers for quite awhile.A slight bitter chocolate note in the background,and peppery spice flavor in the finish round out the flavor profile,this would be amazing with some bbq,I agree with the brewers here.

Serving type: growler

01-10-2011 12:16:18 | More by oberon
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-23-2014 04:49:33 | More by Kegatron
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 02:51:05 | More by tdm168
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

12-31-2013 03:21:32 | More by dirtylou
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

05-08-2013 03:24:37 | More by KevinGordon
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-24-2013 14:59:32 | More by AngusOg
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-03-2013 00:27:49 | More by IPAchris
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Bung

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 20:25:45 | More by Bung
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jsanford

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-24-2013 04:13:31 | More by jsanford
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and the dark clear brown brew produced a nice 1+ finger light mocha colored forthy head with nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is malty with a hickory smoke aroma in the background.

The hickory smoke really comes forward on the flavor and it is well received by this here beer drinker. I love this fantastic Tar Heel brew. Having no barbeque to pair with it, on my last pint from the growler I made a toast, horseradish dejon mayo, corned beef, baby swiss cheese, fried egg, baby swiss cheese, fried egg, baby swiss cheese, corned beef, horseradish dejon mayo, and toast samitch. The brew really helped bring the corned beef flavor forward, but at the same time not washing out the other flavors from the sammy. I bet this would not only be great with NC BarBQ, but with about any swiney meal. Tenderloin, Country Ham Biscuit, or just by it's self (that's how I consumed my 1st 3 pints). .

WE INTERUPT THIS TO BRING YOU AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ... WTF is up with catagory descriptions ??? The brewer calls this a Hickory Smoked Porter, but BA and several other sites put it in the Hybrid Smoked Beer catagory. And the silly thing is that the BA brothers have never even tryed it. How do you catagorize something you've never had?? Also, how is this brew any less a Porter and more a Smoked Beer than Alaskan Smoked Porter, or Stone's 7 different "Smoked Porters", or Capt. Lawrence's Imperial Smoked Porter to name just a few (all are listed as American Porter) ?? Hell's bells, the American Porter style description clearly state "Whether it is highly hopping the brew, USING SMOKED MALTS, or adding coffee or chocolate to complement the burnt flavor associated with this style." From what I understand, Fullsteam hickory smokes thier own malts, someone correct me if I am wrong !! Of the 154 beers found when searching "smoked porter" on BA, 22 were Smoked Beers, 8 were English Porters, 8 were Baltic Porters, 1 was a Rauchbier - which would be hard to believe if they brewed with an ale yeast, 1 Fruit/Vegetable Beer, and 1 Pumpkin Ale. This means that 113 of the 154 were catagorized as American Porters and these numbers do not even include Hogwash (and many others I am sure) since the words Hickory Smoked Porter is not listed in the name.

This reminds me of some of the postings of Eric Lars Myers on his blog "Top Fermented http://www.topfermented.com/ ". especially his blog "Why Beer Rating is Crap" http://www.topfermented.com/page/2/. He makes many good points, but to bring this to the point I am making, How can you rate a miscatagorized beer objectively or subjectively. It's like comparing dogs and cats against one another. Yes they are both mammals (beer), they are also hairy (Ales), they both bark ??? (Smoked Beer and American Porter ???). OK, I have beat this point to much. You call it Smoked Beer, or a Hamster, or a Kinnyculacky if you wish, to me; it's a friggin great American Porter that has a Hickory Smoked aroma and flavor.

WE NOW RETURN YOU TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED SHOW. Medium bodied and carbination makes this a well balanced brew with enough hickory smoked malts to let you know it's there, but not over the top where it tastes like you are on a fire fighters practice day. I love this brew, not only as a great sipper, but also as one that I will continue to explore food pairings with. WTG Fullsteam, you've got a fan for life !

Serving type: growler

03-03-2012 07:51:06 | More by RedneckBeerz
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rockfish Grill served in a nice sturdy 18oz schooner a deep almost opaque black that show ruby highlights when held to light. The aroma is smoky brown malts with slight cocoa. The taste is hickory smoked dark malts up front with a nice subtle job backbone providing nice balance. The beer is medium bodied with nice coronation. This is a great overall beer, enjoyable on a hot Summer day, but i know it will be even more enjoyable on a cold Winter night.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 22:43:53 | More by atsprings
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-15-2012 12:39:57 | More by ncstateplaya
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-24-2010 02:09:55 | More by daliandragon
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

01-03-2014 01:06:35 | More by MacQ32
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-13-2014 04:51:27 | More by Mantooth
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GTB

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-03-2012 18:36:29 | More by GTB
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

01-27-2013 22:37:25 | More by BigTrubble
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SLeffler27

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills a pint glass dark brown with a one-inch, creamy almond head that lasts for minutes, leaving some sticky lace. When held to the light, a dark glow of ruby is easily discerned.

The smokiness is clearly present, though not overwhelming, as many of the style can be. The smoke is also more woody than is typical, leaving the summer sausage well in the background. Roasted malt easily finds its way into the profile.

Clearly malt with some coffee and chocolate. The porter style pairs quite well with smoked barley. A light finish is sweeter than the initial sip.

A medium body with light carbonation and alcohol that is well concealed. The texture is soft.

Friends and I emptied the growler during dinner. This beer is big on comforting qualities and was an excellent trade.

Serving type: growler

06-24-2012 21:11:17 | More by SLeffler27
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Eriktheipaman

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-21-2012 16:02:48 | More by Eriktheipaman
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

08-05-2013 02:29:00 | More by mportnoy
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-06-2012 18:06:10 | More by hockeyfighter19
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jtladner

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-24-2014 19:42:48 | More by jtladner
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

09-11-2013 20:41:03 | More by HamGlade10
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 14:38:10 | More by VncentLIFE
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Hogwash! from Fullsteam Brewery
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