Holger Danske (with Kissmeyer)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Smoked Beer
4.14 | pDev: 9.66%
Nov 16, 2019
Nov 14, 2010
Notes: Smoked Brown Ale
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4.25 by alexsergio from New York on Nov 16, 2019
4.06 by fitzy84 from Massachusetts on Nov 10, 2019
4.25 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Nov 07, 2019
4.25 by paulish from New York on Nov 05, 2019
4.25 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Jan 29, 2019
4.47 by crobinso from Colorado on Dec 02, 2018
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4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Gatch from Massachusetts

On-tap at Armsby in Worcester. Can’t remember the last time I had a HF beer. This is incredible. Subtle smokiness on top of all that makes a brown ale delicious. Heavily roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, wood, earth, sweet sugary syrup. This is killer stuff.

Nov 08, 2018
4.18 by lochraneg from New Hampshire on Nov 03, 2018
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4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a very dark brown color- it's very rich looking. There's a small foamy white head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like warm and toasty smoke, with caramel, rustic bread, rye, chocolate, and coffee.

There's a lot going on here. The malt is perfectly smoked- there's absolutely none of the off-flavors often associated with smoked beers- no plastic, no bandaid, no nothing. It's just warm and toasty and like a great campfire. The base brown ale is so rich. It feels richer than George- there's some definite dark roast coffee, lots of chocolate, a dark and spicy breadiness, and some very light caramel. This is so good.

This is creamy and rich, with a medium sized body, and a great level of drinkability. I could drink this all day, and I couldn't say that about most smoked beers.

Hill Farmstead has turned probably the least sexy style into an amazing beer. This is absolutely wonderful.

Oct 31, 2018
4.24 by Burt from Rhode Island on Oct 25, 2018
4.26 by smb71481 from Vermont on Oct 22, 2018
4.25 by SkiBum22 from New York on Oct 21, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by npolachek from New York

Solid robust smoked brown ale. Taste of dark chocolate and smokiness. Clear color and smooth for a beer of it style. Definitely drinkable at 7% ABV.

Oct 10, 2018
4.25 by Beerbuddha from Florida on Jan 14, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by smcolw from Massachusetts

This is a collaborative beer with Danish brewer Kissmeyer.

Near black in color but light shines through the very edge of the glass stem. Large beige head which leaves a many, many spots. It settles with a dome.

The smell reminds me of a Porter with only a hint of the advertised smoke.

The flavor starts dry with black patent malt notes like black coffee and burnt toast. From there the taste becomes drier and more like ash. The smoke is more pronounced but definitely not the major flavor. Moderate body with a higher carbonation than most stouts. This was advertised as a "smoked brown ale". It is far stronger in flavor than that style and is much closer to a robust Porter or dry stout.

Dec 02, 2017
4.25 by thampel09 from New Jersey on Nov 19, 2017
4.19 by edthehead from New York on Nov 11, 2017
4.15 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Nov 08, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

Filled a growler with this mysterious brew on a whim; figured I’d try something other than familiar names or literary references. Not a fan of smoked beers but the thinking goes that, if I could be turned, HF would be the ones to do it.

Growler filled on Saturday, consumed Wednesday. Dark brown pour with a moderate off-white head that lingers.

Aroma! Couldn’t help myself; was expecting burning tire, chimney or campfire. What I got was a subtle campfire smokiness layered atop toasted malts, light cocoa and that ethereal earthiness. Whew.

Taste is fire-toasted malt, bitter chocolate, cocoa powder, char and, well, smokiness. The latter brings a different element of taste to the fore that sets this beer apart. Otherwise feels like an Irish Stout - dry with a balanced bitterness.

Nov 03, 2017
4.75 by overlyk from Rhode Island on Oct 30, 2017
4.28 by Samact from Vermont on Oct 28, 2017
4.43 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Oct 26, 2017
4.25 by Philcassella from Massachusetts on Oct 24, 2017
4 by atrocity from Virginia on Oct 24, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SABERG from Massachusetts

Poured from a fresh growler into the test glass.
A - Black walnut colored, dark and a bit intriguing, with some back lighting, small spheres move top side. An off white cap manifests and leaves lacing in small doses.
S - Roasted malts lead the way with some cocoa, and burnt sugar, All wrapped by a gentle smokey ribbon, a bit of earthiness, like fall woods adds to the complexity.
T - Flavors follow the aromatics well, roasted dark malts add the sweet start, then a touch of bakers chocolate bitter, and a hint of piney hops.
M - Soft tactile feel, carbonation is near perfect, a slight bitter thread keeps both the sweet brown malts and the smoke elements in perfect harmony. The finish is dry and includes the best parts of the offering.
O - This is a wonderful fall offering, robust enough as a brown ale, intricate in each aspect, The aromatic and the palate dance to the same tune, the feel is delicate to start, hearty in body and beautifully dry in the finish.
This is a draft offering only but what a treat, its a bit more complex with a rise in temperature, this only adds to the joy.

Oct 15, 2017
4.17 by Gkruszewski from New York on Oct 13, 2017
3.99 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Oct 12, 2017
4.56 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire on May 07, 2015
3.75 by Jpepe08 from Vermont on Apr 28, 2015
3.75 by blckout20 from Connecticut on Oct 17, 2014
4.25 by In_Control_Mike from Massachusetts on Sep 05, 2014
3.5 by goldspire from California on Aug 20, 2014
3.75 by malfunxion from New York on Aug 19, 2014
3.25 by curlybird from Pennsylvania on Jul 22, 2014
4 by rozzom from New York on Jul 12, 2014
4.75 by GClarkage from California on Jul 08, 2014
4.25 by mwbbq from Texas on May 21, 2014
4.25 by Phigg1102 from New York on May 16, 2014
3.5 by mltobin from Connecticut on Apr 12, 2014
4.5 by blklabel from Florida on Feb 24, 2014
Holger Danske (with Kissmeyer) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 224 ratings