Flaming Longship - HammerHeart Brewing Company
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 1 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TCMike:
More User Reviews:
3.51/5 rDev -13.3%
With a focus on the earth of beer, Hammerheart's Flaming Longship harkens to the taste of the Scots- their explorations and their low lands. Its earthen bogs, scorched earth and deeply saturated sweetness all manifests in a taste that surprisingly out of Minnesota.
The ale opens with a rusty haze that captures the earthy rainbow of everything brown, red, orange, amber and tawny. As its dense body allows for a slow release of carbonation, a khaki-stained head slowly builds until a thick and dense blanket of foam shadows the glass. Its random broken lace dashes the glass as the beer recedes on the glass.
One whiff unveils the earthen sweetness that makes Scottish Ales so alluring. Rich with toffee, seared caramels, bread, biscuit and malted milk, the nose layers in notes of wood, scorched earth and stone fruit. Never vinous, hints of pepper and toast rise as the first sip draws near.
Strong overtones of malty sweetness coax the early palate. Its sweetness is toffee-rich, decadently dessert-like with caramels, light chocolate, latte and nuttiness. Toast, rum and fruitcake come wave after wave as the complexities build and the middle palate opens up to its taste. Finishing with the slightest taste of campfire and earthen bog- its true Scotch flavor comes true in the most subtle of ways. Still its cola-like sweetness tramples on into the beer's far reaching aftertaste.
The same impression of sweetness in taste reigns supreme in texture as well. Its initial malty-sweetness is well received. But its slow decline into any sort of dryness, complex malt structure that's not reliant upon sweetness limits the beer to develop the malty-dry character that authentic Scottish Ales enjoy. In such, the beer has an extended chewy mouthfeel with rummy warmth and a pleasant peppery bite.
Flaming Longshot is a very fine Scottish-inspired American beer. Its somewhat simplified taste simply lacks the understated complexities that are most enjoyed about more authentic versions. But the beer does justice with its no-nonsense malty-rich focus.
02-17-2014 07:11:21 | More by BEERchitect
Flaming Longship from HammerHeart Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.