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Hermitage - Forest & Main Brewing Company

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89
very good

14 Ratings
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Forest & Main Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A strong dark ale aged in wine barrels.

(Beer added by: justintcoons on 03-11-2013)
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Bottle number 49 of 204, Bottled January 12, 2013.

Appearance
Hazy copper with amber highlights. 3 fingers of off-white head with good retention. Low carbonation.

Nose
Red wine, nectarine, peach and oak.

Taste
Lightly acidic with notes of Pinot Noir, red grapes, peach and nectarine. Hints of blackberry and raspberry. Big tannic oakiness along with notes of leather and tobacco.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, smooth and dry.

Overall
Big red wine characteristics from the barrel aging along with a light tartness. Incredibly easy drinking. Really, really nice stuff!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 00:08:11 | More by justintcoons
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corby112

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4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing!

Pours a hazy and very dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a two finger, frothy off-white head.   Great retention, only slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing are left behind.

Fruit punch-like aroma with lots of vinous fruit and subtle barrel character. Nice oak and vinous red wind presence in the nose along with vanilla bean, sweet malt and dark fruit.  Smells like sangria and tropical fruit punch along with vinous berries, oak, vanilla and subtle malts.  

Medium body with a really nice barrel presence that's there but doesn't dominate, letting the other notes come through.  Sweet with vinous red wine and dark fruit flavor, especially currant, cherry juice and other tropical fruit.  Slightly tart tropical fruit punch flavor with damp oak, red wine character and dark fruit esters.  Perfectly balanced with oak, vinous fruit, red wine, Belgian yeast and subtle spice flavors complimenting each other nicely.  No noticeable heat making his beer dangerously drinkable. I was really impressed with Hermitage and it has me looking forward to trying more beers from Forest & Main.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 23:34:55 | More by corby112
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle from F&M, shared by me at a recent tasting

Forest & Main is good/bad for it's casual bottle releases. Good that there's no big fanfare or line-ups to get the bottles, and you can just stroll in and get as many as they'll sell you, days after the release; bad in that since there's no big fanfare, you really have to keep your eyes open for bottle releases, because they come and go quickly and inconspicuously.

Slight hazy, burnt copper color with cranberry tints, a huge puff of off-white head that eventually settled to a thin layer, leaving light lacing on the glass. Light vinous notes in the aroma, sweet malts, grassy, with a subtle barrel quality coming through. In the taste, a solid malt backbone, melded with red wine, strawberry-rhubarb, oak, leather, maybe a little herbal hoppiness in there as well; mildly tart with a hint of acetic acid. Body was medium, mouthfeel was crisp, carbonation was soft, making for a quite drinkable beer overall.

*After aging just a couple months, this brew has picked up much more funky, sour, earthy notes. Interesting, and good enough to bump my rating up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 21:43:26 | More by Rifugium
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #118 of 204.

Appearance - Murky brown copper. Nice off white head. Excellent retention and some lacing.

Smell - Bretty, acidic. Wine barrel is nice. Nothing terribly special, but nice.

Taste - Much nicer and more complex. Wine character. Nice tartness. Malt is still there. Lots of lemony flavors that pair well with the malts, surprisingly. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Medium bodied. Never gets overpowering with the acidity.

Overall - Complex and very tasty. Impressive offering. I'll be looking out for this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 00:44:12 | More by Alieniloquium
Hermitage from Forest & Main Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.