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Mistletoe - Howard Brewing Company

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Howard Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bung on 04-06-2013

2014 Vintage 7.50% ABV
2013 Vintage 6.50% ABV
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Reviews by Bung:
Photo of Bung
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Brewed with raspberry and aged in Carriage House apple brandy barrels." 2012.
Dark used oil colored looking pour. Thin layer of tan to dark tan head.

Aroma, quite a bit of raspberry dominates. Just a little dark chocolate and toasted malt behind.

Taste, Some raspberry up front. Turns to much nicer roast malt and layered chocolates. Heavy cocoa and just a little fruit in the fairly dry finish.

Body is not the most robust, but it is just a regular porter. Still the weakest part. A little thin and more watery. Drinks quite easily though, the raspberry is not overpowering.

Not sure what the barrel did, but it's a nice porter effort. Like most other barrel aged smaller beers, it never seems to impart much. Reminds me a bit of some things Wedge or Assclown have done.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cola brown with a half finger beige head atop.Aromas of the lactic raspberries along with a tinge of oak and coffee.Roasted notes turn into mild fruity raspberries and a hint of the apple brandy toasted oak barrels,some mild sourness in the finish.Quite a bit of stuff going on in the is beer between the different fruits,oak,and roast,unique in a good way.

Photo of mverity
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a watery black with thin tan head. Medium collar. Head faded fast, some wisps remained. Aroma is hugely raspberry, some roasted malt depth. Thin body, medium carbonation; sticky mouthfeel. Taste is faintly tart, earthy malt, and a touch of berry at the end.

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aleckpa
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks fantastic. Then, it's kind of downhill. This isn't a bad beer, but not something to search all over for. It smells sweet from the raspberries and you do get some of the brandy and apple. However, raspberries is dominant. Not much oak, but really smoky finish. Mouthfeel is real thin.

Photo of kbuzz
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ASUBeer
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of csparace
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle #657, 2014. Poured in a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a short lived, wispy, cream colored head. Aromas of tart raspberries and apple forward, with a distinct brandy kick, and subtle bittersweet chocolate undertones. Very rich and sweet. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a blend of dark coffee and chocolate supporting sugary sweet raspberries. The brandy barrels seem to bow out of the flavor profiles entirely. Big bodied, but completely dry and balanced, with a raspberry sweet and tart, chocolatey aftertaste. The finish has a candy-like linger on a dry, slick body. Tasty brew.

Photo of Jlang2012
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kell50
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottling (7.5% ABV)

Appearance: A very enticing pour (suitable to the name), leaving a nice bubbly tan head perched atop the fudge brown liquid; streaky lacing is left behind

Smell: Raspberry jam forward, with roast and chocolate tones underneath; subtle oak from the barrel

Taste: As in the aroma, the raspberry flavor asserts itself at first, though it is not as sweet as I was anticipating from the smell; roasty tones and chocolate malt fill out the middle, with the oak and a hint of brandy bringing up the rear

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Howard has amped up the ABV this year and it has really helped the beer; a nice effort that would be further benefited if the barrel flavor was a bit more assertive

Photo of loverofthecraft
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer was a bit of a mess. Raspberries are present but body is thin. No barrel presence at all. Dissapointment

Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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Mistletoe from Howard Brewing Company
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