Frankenhammer | Yellowhammer Brewing

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Yellowhammer Brewing
Alabama, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by ncfranklin on 11-01-2011

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 27
Photo of zookerman182
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
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 ttroha
4/5  rDev -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 GPHarris
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring throughout. the body was a bright reddish-brown color.
s - big belgian yeast aromas with some maltiness. dark fruit aromas come through as well.
t - woody with a light cherry flavor and a toasty finish.
m - medium.
o - really enjoyable beer. maybe my favorite from yellowhammer so far. the cherrywood is very subtle but you know it's there. it really adds a lot to this beer.

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Photo of richj1970
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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 gerite
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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 ncfranklin
4.42/5  rDev +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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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Frankenhammer from Yellowhammer Brewing
4.21 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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