Frankenhammer | Yellowhammer Brewing

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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

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Added by ncfranklin on 11-01-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
29
Reviews:
8
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
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8
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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by zookerman182:
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3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a red brown color with a 1 finger reddish tan head.
Aroma is dark fruit, cherries, figs, raisins.
Flavor is cherries, oak, and tart but not sweet.
You don't pick up on the alcohol at all.
Mouthfeel is really nice on this one, perfect carbonation.
Outstanding local beer.

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Photo of Dracarys
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Gerasimos
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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 richj1970
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 32 oz growler into goblet.

A: Ruby tinted dark brown with a slight one finger head that dissipated quickly. Not much if any lacing.

S: Dark fruits, raisin, and caramel mixed with Belgian yeast. A little bit of earthiness which I suppose is from the cherry wood.

T: Fairly big malts up front. Nice sweetness that is typical of a good Belgian dark. Some spiciness and hints of cherry in the back.

M: Fairly light but full bodied. Lightly carbonated.

O: A really nice Belgian dark. The subtle flavors from the cherry wood adds a nice touch. Perfect fall beer. Glad that I grabbed a couple of bottles to save for later.

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Photo of Jback93
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Very smooth, can't taste the high alcohol content at all. Reminds me of Le Fin du Monde

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this brew at the magic city brewfest. I then found it on tap a J. Clyde. Wow this is a deceiving brew. There is no doubt three alcohol is prevalent.The brew is very easy to ship. I loved it. The dark hue, raisin lighter that expected malt feel allowed the alcohol to breathe but was not overwhelming at 10.50% abv. This brew was aged on cherry wood for three months. Most definitely a brew that if you are a bug Belgian strong brew lover this one is for you. Another Yellowhammer top notch brew.Now I cannot wait until this fall so I can get it again. Maybe sample a little from last year and this year. Hopefully someone will be able to do a vertical tasting. :-)

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Photo of gerite
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the Nook in Huntsville, AL on a warn November evening. Since I was siting in the outdoor patio area it was hard to see the color but it was very dark and opaque. There was no head on this pour but that did not distract from the uniquely awesome taste. It has a smooth mellow taste with lots of malt and a hint of maybe pumpkin and hardly any hops. It even went good with a big bowl of red beans and rice. A bit expensive at $9 a glass but well worth the the price for the experience of just drinking it. I would buy it again and again if available. Yellowhammer continues to set the standard for Northern Alabama.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlaYank
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ttroha
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Tap from Hop City Birmingham. Pours dark brown with almost no head. Aroma of raisons, dates and booze. Tastes of has much of dark fruits, molasses, sweet candy and booze. Full bodied. Very good

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Photo of Justinbshelton
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of TheBeard89
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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 khargro2
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brinks
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of DocAJ
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sanmn420
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JintheHam
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TerdulousFerguson17
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of joshtheford
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.31/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of justinm4bama
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ncfranklin
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A special Halloween release, and a real gender bender of a style. From the breweries description: Spicy, dark red belgian specialty ale aged on toasted cherry wood.

A: Blood red, and quite thick. Can't see through it at all. Comes with a solid 1 finger tan head that dissipates quickly (likely do to the alcohol). Certainly a fitting appearance for Halloween.

S: Complex nose of Belgian funk, some sweet malts, and a very profound layer of cherry and oak. Just the slightest hint of its ABV here with the alcohol.

T: Just as complex as anticipated. Lots of malt forwardness with a caramel and sugary nature. Then, the yeasty Belgian quality comes through with added smokey cherry wood. Finishes with a light alcohol twang.

M: Surprisingly lighter bodied for the ABV, but with some small levels of stickiness to the gums. Not highly carbonated, but finishes smooth with minor alcohol burn after.

O: A very unique outing. Fitting for Halloween in its dark, complex nature, and damn tasty. Yellowhammer continues to produce some of the best high alcohol beers I've tasted.

Side Note: This beer is only available (at least, in 2011), at The Nook. And it'll run ya $9 a glass. So be careful and not enjoy too many.

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