Frankenhammer | Yellowhammer Brewing

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4.05/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yellowhammer Brewing
Alabama, United States
yellowhammerbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,662
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
39
pDev:
8.89%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Squire
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep red gold color with lasting tan cap and good lacing.

Aroma of ripe figs that's a bit spicy and slightly vinous like old Oloroso Sherry.

Taste is a rich, complex mixture of dark ripe fruit, a touch of mild spice and dark chocolate. It's deep, complex and surprisingly refreshing given it's weight and strength. As it warms flavors come out a little more and the touch of spice is more apparent. I don't really get the clove/banana thing often found in Strong Belgian Ale but also don't really miss it here.

Full texture with balancing carbonation.

An armchair drink that stands well against it's peers.

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Photo of mholdefer
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkermitj
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CoopIsLoose
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedBeer
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber pour, not as dark as I’d expect from the style. Smooth, frothy head and lace around the glass.

Malty, caramel, spicy aromas. Predominantly sweet, with a sort of bitterness on the back end. Fairly balanced.

Sweet, malty, more of a subdued spice. Better as it warms, when served cold it has an off bitterness as it warms. Caramel bananas come through in the flavors as well.

Smooth, medium body with a soft carb and mildly sticky finish. Warm as it goes down.

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Photo of Rostie
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of T_Hass
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer12345
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jnorris404
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wood aging, fruit flavors, spice balances, sweet, heat and savory, the Belgian-style darker stronger ale of Yellowhammer seems to be a collection of pieces and parts of other ale gone awry. But instead, their masterful culmination is a seamless, streamlined ale with complexity, variety and boldness from sip to finish.

Crimson and rust in color, the beer's dark bronze haze builds a spirited froth of soft sepia cream. Bold aromatics of honey glaze carries a stone fruit, pitted fruit scent with a vinous spice and a tingle of booze to start the show. Sweet to taste, the condensed malt flavors take on the sorghum, toffee and brown sugar taste for an utmost savory and succulent upstart.

As the ale opens up, its sweetness is lifted slightly from the effervescence that springs from underneath. Gently rolling along, the malts meet up with the fruitiness of cherry, red berry, red grape, currant, fig, date and raisin. Taking on a fruitcake culmination, the beer's balance comes way of cinnamon, peppercorn, vinous red wine, wood spices and a smack of brandy-like booziness.

Full and lavish in body, the beer's carbonation remains creamy and provides a pillowy texture to the fortified ale and keeping the taste from cloying or unnecessary weight. Somewhat barleywine-like and long with a sweet and spicy finish, the overcast of cherry wood is always present, offering the plethora of complexities a nutty and robust fruit tang.

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Photo of JintheHam
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gerasimos
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mouthfeel was a little too flat, though not undrinkable. Maybe a bottling issue.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeard89
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sanmn420
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joshtheford
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of TerdulousFerguson17
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of LeeEvolved
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of AlaYank
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Justinbshelton
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Frankenhammer from Yellowhammer Brewing
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 39 ratings