Hermitage | Forest & Main Brewing Company

16 Ratings

Brewed by:
Forest & Main Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A strong dark ale aged in wine barrels.

Added by justintcoons on 03-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by tobelerone:
Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

More User Reviews:
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #118 of 204.

Appearance - Murky brown copper. Nice off white head. Excellent retention and some lacing.

Smell - Bretty, acidic. Wine barrel is nice. Nothing terribly special, but nice.

Taste - Much nicer and more complex. Wine character. Nice tartness. Malt is still there. Lots of lemony flavors that pair well with the malts, surprisingly. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Medium bodied. Never gets overpowering with the acidity.

Overall - Complex and very tasty. Impressive offering. I'll be looking out for this brewery.

 580 characters

Photo of JMRSN
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle from F&M, shared by me at a recent tasting

Forest & Main is good/bad for it's casual bottle releases. Good that there's no big fanfare or line-ups to get the bottles, and you can just stroll in and get as many as they'll sell you, days after the release; bad in that since there's no big fanfare, you really have to keep your eyes open for bottle releases, because they come and go quickly and inconspicuously.

Slight hazy, burnt copper color with cranberry tints, a huge puff of off-white head that eventually settled to a thin layer, leaving light lacing on the glass. Light vinous notes in the aroma, sweet malts, grassy, with a subtle barrel quality coming through. In the taste, a solid malt backbone, melded with red wine, strawberry-rhubarb, oak, leather, maybe a little herbal hoppiness in there as well; mildly tart with a hint of acetic acid. Body was medium, mouthfeel was crisp, carbonation was soft, making for a quite drinkable beer overall.

*After aging just a couple months, this brew has picked up much more funky, sour, earthy notes. Interesting, and good enough to bump my rating up a bit.

** Opened my last bottle just after the 2 year mark. Held up nicely! Didn't really "improve" significantly, but definitely stood the test of time. A little more cobwebby, but in a good way.

 1,320 characters

Photo of justintcoons
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Bottle number 49 of 204, Bottled January 12, 2013.

Hazy copper with amber highlights. 3 fingers of off-white head with good retention. Low carbonation.

Red wine, nectarine, peach and oak.

Lightly acidic with notes of Pinot Noir, red grapes, peach and nectarine. Hints of blackberry and raspberry. Big tannic oakiness along with notes of leather and tobacco.

Medium-full bodied, smooth and dry.

Big red wine characteristics from the barrel aging along with a light tartness. Incredibly easy drinking. Really, really nice stuff!

 621 characters

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of callmemickey
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of TriageStat
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing!

Pours a hazy and very dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a two finger, frothy off-white head.   Great retention, only slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing are left behind.

Fruit punch-like aroma with lots of vinous fruit and subtle barrel character. Nice oak and vinous red wind presence in the nose along with vanilla bean, sweet malt and dark fruit.  Smells like sangria and tropical fruit punch along with vinous berries, oak, vanilla and subtle malts.  

Medium body with a really nice barrel presence that's there but doesn't dominate, letting the other notes come through.  Sweet with vinous red wine and dark fruit flavor, especially currant, cherry juice and other tropical fruit.  Slightly tart tropical fruit punch flavor with damp oak, red wine character and dark fruit esters.  Perfectly balanced with oak, vinous fruit, red wine, Belgian yeast and subtle spice flavors complimenting each other nicely.  No noticeable heat making his beer dangerously drinkable. I was really impressed with Hermitage and it has me looking forward to trying more beers from Forest & Main.

 1,185 characters

Photo of GreenMind
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Retail1LO
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Hermitage from Forest & Main Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 16 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.