Holger Danske | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smoked Brown Ale

Added by Thorpe429 on 11-14-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Hill Farmstead. Reviewed while in line for growler fills. Review written from notes. Consumed on 11/2.

A - Brown approaching black. Pour yielded 1 finger head of whitish head. Left lacing as liquid receded.

S - No doubt about it... smelled of smoke.

T - Also dominated by a smoky flavor with a lasting tart finish.

M - As with all HF beers, outstanding quality. Clean and crisp.

O - I say this with respect for HF products, but a "smoked beer" seems more of a novelty to me. The smoky flavor was clearly represented in the mouth, but not something I would seek out. It was worth a try though.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ very dark for a brown ale. you can definitely see the color in the light though. nice bubbly head and a little bit of lacing.

S~ not too much going on here. a little smoke, oaky wood and caramel.

T~ opens up a bit here. smoke up front, sweet roasted malts and caramel mid palette. with a smooth molasses finish. all followed by a smokey brown sugar after taste that lingers.

M~ kind of thick, definitely a molasses/caramel feel here which plays nicely with the overall flavor. nice carbonation and surprisingly smooth despite the thickness.

O~ very nice smoked ale, not overly smokey with an amazing balance. i was under the presumption that this was George based and i can totally see that now. the smoke just seems to take away the hop presence that George does so well but its all good! the balance is what really shines here!

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Small khaki head. Gone quickly. Transparent.

Smell - Woody and smokey. Malty, but I can't smell any real sugary components.

Taste - More malty. Less intense on the smoke. Very woody. Deep caramel malt, but again no sweetness. Smoke gets stronger throughout. A little chocolate in the back. Ashyand woody finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Very strong and bitter finish.

Overall - This is intense, but very strong. Much more caramel as it warms, but still strong verging on rough.

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Holger Danske from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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