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Holger Danske (with Kissmeyer) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smoked Brown Ale

Added by Thorpe429 on 11-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,474
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
211
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of thampel09
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Samact
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SadMachine
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Philcassella
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SABERG
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Holger Danske (with Kissmeyer) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 211 ratings
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