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Midvinter Ol - HammerHeart Brewing Company

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Midvinter Ol
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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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HammerHeart Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: KYGunner on 03-23-2014

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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 3
Reviews by barczar:
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black as night with one of the darkest heads I've seen.

Tar, roast malt, espresso, and dark chocolate dominate the aroma. Mocha, licorice, plums, and dates add complexity.

Flavor is more roast dominant than the aroma, fairly bitter, but with an initial brandy and nutty malt sweetness. Underpinnings of cocoa, raisins, and figs are subtle.

Body is fairly light, smooth, with minimal carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

A little more roast dominant than I prefer, but the brandy and underlying dark fruit and chocolate character keeps me going back for more.

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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured like an oatmeal stout as it set up a frothy tan head with a dull black coloring.

The aroma holds a roasted malt, toasted nut, sweet dried fruit and a Christmas spice of cinnamon, nutmeg and anise.

The flavor is hugely complex with deep chocolate, caramel malt, marshmallow, Graham cracker, toast, roasted nut, anise, maple syrup x2, cinnamon and nutmeg. This finishes with a vinous brandy soaked fruit.

The feel is dry, lightly carbonated with almost no bite but a fullness and heaviness that makes it a bit slow to drink.

This is a slightly different take on the Winter Warmer as it keeps the malt and spice but then diversified it with more chocolate, maple and nut. This makes it one of the better entrants to this genre.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With brandy lovers in mind, Hammerheart has a beer for you. What's starts out spicy and stout-like takes on a fortified wine taste that promotes spirit spiciness, savory vinous tones and a tangy acidity that's sure to bring delight to fans of grape as well as grain.

This brandy-soaked version of Midvinter Ol pours with a near-pitch black appearance, only softened by the deep crimson low lights that illuminate its edges. While a pop and a fizz of short-statured head simmers atop the beer, its longevity succumbs to the barrel influence buried within. The ale prefers an ominous brandy-type appearance as much as it does of stout.

Sharp aromas announce its brandy influence with gusto as even the strong aromatics of roasted nuts, dark coffee, cocoa, campfire and charred toast are dwarfed by the beer's barrel character. Savory sherry, tangy tannin-rich red wine, tart blackberry, plumb and currant all rise with wafts of wine and stout intermittently.

Its taste is malty-sweet at first- weaving together the taste of french-roast coffee, burnt toast, cocoa powder and smoldering embers with that of black-strap molasses and burnt sugar. Its middle palate opens with an introduction of dark fruit- plumb, blackcurrant, raisin, blackberry and red grape seem sprinkled with herbal allspice before the barrel locks in its taste to finish. That's when the drunken fruit tones come alive with the spice of brandy, its oaken flavor and a finish of tang and pepper.

What seems to be a rich and lavish body is quickly dissected by the beer's wood spice and spirit heat as it picks apart the beer's early carbonation and residual sweetness with pinpoint precision. What's left is a powdery-oak finish with merlot, brandy and char echoing in aftertaste.

Midvinter Ol is simply a stout up front but brandy in the rear. Its a tale of two halves that are threaded together seamlessly. Perhaps a Frankenstein of flavor, the individual tastes are full, brash and unapologetic; and I'm not sure I'd have it any other way.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Midvinter Ol from HammerHeart Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.