Hangman Winter Fest Strong Ale | Fire Mountain Brew House

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Hangman Winter Fest Strong AleHangman Winter Fest Strong Ale

Brewed by:
Fire Mountain Brew House
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by hopsbreath on 11-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is what I expect out of a winter ale. Hoppy, rich, and strong. The hops are really present on the nose with citrus and pine and grass on the nose. Great body with an almost sweet finish with a hint of the 8%. Nice job Henry!

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Photo of Kylemif
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kaufmaal
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber on the discount table - summer in Alabama means Winter Brews are discounted. Well, I have air conditioning, so it's cool inside, and hence I'll gladly drink it. This is a new brewery for me. The beer pours a dark-orange, with a head that's about the color of oats. Cascade hops come through on the nose; pine, basil, white pepper, coriander. This is a heavyish winter ale, and while the 1/4-inch head remains (with some very nice lacing), the carbonation is just right - delicate enough not be be an irritant, but enough to let the flavors develop. Very nice flavors, none too overpowering: tangy citrus, dry rye, sweet vermouth, honey. The alcohol is 8%, but the booziness is well controlled. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of honkduh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark caramel in color with an off-white head that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down. Light lacing coating the side of the glass. Aroma is hops, piney with light citrus notes but a load of cinnamon and spice as well. Seems as though I have run into this before with another of their one off's, just seems really familiar. Letting it open up gives me nice touches of caramel and bready malts, a rich and well balanced hoppiness that seems to fade in and out during the session. Nice feel, hearty with great carbonation that still allows it to have some pop to it. Whatever the ABV was it was well hidden and I was able to enjoy this one thoroughly

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you theskinny.

A - Light tan head that lives a medium length lifespan before settleing at around an eighth of an inch. Body is red border ing on brown and is transparent.

S - medium roasted malts with aroma accents of alcohol and plum.

T - Sharp biting mitterness while maintaining a mildness. There's a nice roasty malt flavor here too. I like the flavors of this beer. This is nice flavor combination leading into a hoppy aftertaste.

M - Average coarseness in the middle after starting out on the smoother side. The ending has a soft fade away.

~ I like this beer. This is something I would certainly have again and would recommend to friends.

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Photo of chumba526
2.39/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It appears medium bodied orange with an off white slightly tan head.

It smells barley wine like. I get a bit of a caramel like molasses smell. There is a mellow citrus smell as well.

It tastes initially very sweet. I get a rich caramel and molasses like flavor. This flavor dominates this beer. I guess there is a bit of a mild citrus flavor. This is very one dimensional.

There is a medium carbonation and a somewhat thick mouthfeel.

Drinkability is limited it is very sweet and it is a bit boring.

Overall an ok beer. It tastes like a light barleywine but there is no balance to the beer I wish there was a bit of a hoppy flavor to balance the sweetness.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new release (2010), issued in a 22 oz. bottle. Picked up recently at Beaumont Market and poured/sipped from a small teardrop-ish glass (from 'Portland's Cheers to Belgian Beers' festival).

A: A pretty orange/auburn pour, clarity is very good, carbonation is minimal. Starts with a sturdy half-finger of creamy khaki head, one what falls too fast to a slim ring and sprawling film. Some droopy lacing, a few spider-webbed fragments. Attractive, albeit a little reserved.

S: Some citrus, then loads of caramel and a honeyed grassiness. Stronger as it warms, rightly so. Appealing, leaning a bit more on the 'raw' barley wine side.

T: Very fruit-forward, a mouthful of juicy tangerine, then sticky toffee. Dull herbal bitterness approaches, sometimes engulfs. Peppery spice in the finish.

M: A little light in body but extremely smooth. A spice tingle lasts on the tip of the tongue; warming is a sneaky bastard, creeping in only towards the end of the pour.

D: Pretty likable, though something not quite lovable in this flavor combo. For local Strong Ales, I judge 'em by HUB's DOA, and this doesn't quite match that level of deliciousness. But that's just me talkin'; FMBC's Strong Ale is no slouch, tasty enough and definitel worth a try.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful golden marigold hue glistening with red and gold highlights. a frothy one-finger buff colored head leaves behind sheets of lacing.

aroma is sweet american barleywine with a hint of caramel apple fruitiness with hints of vanilla. bready malt and more of that apple cider fruitiness with earthy malt.

taste is deliciously surprising after the aroma. clean caramel malts, hints of spice, ample green herbal hops. this seems to fall somewhere between barleywine and an ipa.... not quite as malty or sweet as I was anticipating - or for the usual strong ale... but I'm really digging it. Nicely balanced between malt, hops, and spice.

mouth is oddly light and clean for an 8% strong ale. ample carbonation is almost awkward and I'm missing the thick body the flavors seem to be asking for.

All in all, it seems like something might be somewhat amiss. carbonated like crazy and a touch thin... funky aroma that doesn't quite fit... but all in all, I'm still liking this one and will definitely look for another bottle.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from Roths Sunnyside Market, Salem. $5.99 darkish amber ale with a lovelly lumpy,rocky thick ole tan head. Very strong malty aromas dark coffee beans, darker chocolate,toasty cereal.Some resiny hops. Taste is the same as aroma with perhaps a touch more resin hop presence in the end. KInda thinon the palate, was expecting something more. An OK beer.

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Photo of velosuds
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Saw for the first time tonight and paid $5.99.

A-pours a clear orange-copper hue with a one finger cream-colored head with modest retention. Light lacing is even all the way down the glass.

S-Malts dominate the aroma with caramel and bread pudding with cinnamon and raisins. Spicy hops (possibly Fuggles) are also present.

T-A rich creamy malt forward flavor reminiscent of a lighter barleywine. Works nicely as the style is between IPA and barleywine. Caramel, biscuity malts with some dark dried fruit are most prominent, and a hint of citrus zest in the finish. Taste is more balanced as it warms.

M-Very smooth and creamy without being oily or buttery. Nice, but may be a tad light.

D-At 8.0% ABV the alcohol is very well masked. I don't notice it in the taste. Very drinkable. A very good, but not great beer. A nice addition from a local brewer.

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Photo of TulipSnifter
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber with a thin cap.
Smell: Smells like a barely wine. Smells very sweet.
Taste: Whoa! This is going to be hard to explain. I feel like Violet in Willy Wonka's factory. On the first taste some sort or spice. My husband thought cinnamon. I took another sip and I tasted something like spearmint. Whatever is going on here, it is great.
Mouthfeel: Some carbonation with lingering flavors.
Drinkability: This is a fun one because it seems very complex. This is definitely one I would sip on a while.

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Photo of hopsbreath
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Knowing absolutely nothing about this beer, I picked up a bomber today on first sight. Scrolling through BA I see that nobody has reviewed this guy yet. Guess I'm gonna have to change that!

Split into a couple snifters, my wife (tulipsnifter) and I are sitting on our couch discussing this one. The pour is chestnut copper in appearance with a short lived single finger of beige head that dissipates to a wispy cap. If a little lacing did show up, I would say this looks a lot like Bigfoot.

The aroma on this is a blend of sweet brown malts with a great hop presence! Among the hoppy smells exist some pine sap and tangelo zest. There also exists a hard to place spice that I can't exactly place. Misty says curry but I'm gonna go with cardamon.

Some bitter grapefruit with a touch of passionfruit accent the fruity hops that will just disappear if this gets aged (hint, hint...drink fresh). Charred toast, under ripe stone fruits, weakly brewed tea, and a touch of macaroons round up the malt profile. Its surprisingly dry and well done. I'm digging this so far.

Pretty thin overall. This finishes clean with no gumminess. Its definitely one of the lighter strong ales/barleywines I've ever had. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. A little stickiness on the lips let's me know we've got a little extra hop oils.

This is insanely easy to drink for the ABV. My 11 ounce pour was no sweat finishing. I'll be paying closer attention to these guys in the future.

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Hangman Winter Fest Strong Ale from Fire Mountain Brew House
3.85 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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