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Flaming Longship | HammerHeart Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
HammerHeart Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by XmnwildX12 on 12-13-2013

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Photo of Caveworm
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Flaming Longship - HammerHeart Brewing Company. Poured from a 750 ml growler into a snifter, this brew's head is two fingers thick and eggshell brown, with solid lacing, and a jet black body. I can't even shine an LED flashlight through it!

I smell a generous helping of sweeter scotch, along with masterfully roasted malts and grains. Just a bit of floral hop "pepperyness" at the end to level the playing field.

Tastes like much of the components described above, along with a sugar alcohol sweetness akin to vanilla. The smokey aftertaste really brings another dimension to this already-tasty beer. This is all aiding in masking the higher abv of this delightful offering.

The mouthfeel I'm picking up here is medium-heavy, with a fair amount of carbonation per this style. I'm loving the smokey aftertaste.

Overall, I'll give Flaming Longship - HammerHeart Brewing Company a 4.75. This would be ideal to kick back with after working outside in the freezing cold for hours and just melting into a comfortable piece of furniture. Huge thanks to @jrsaffert for the trade.

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Photo of deebo
2.1/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

This is a decent smoked scotch ale except that it has a medicinal off-note present that really throws off the rest of the beer. I wouldn't bother trying this one again. Not a fan of the couple beers I've tried from this brewery.

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Photo of BigAl18
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrsaffert
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KarlHungus
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With a focus on the earth of beer, Hammerheart's Flaming Longship harkens to the taste of the Scots- their explorations and their low lands. Its earthen bogs, scorched earth and deeply saturated sweetness all manifests in a taste that surprisingly out of Minnesota.

The ale opens with a rusty haze that captures the earthy rainbow of everything brown, red, orange, amber and tawny. As its dense body allows for a slow release of carbonation, a khaki-stained head slowly builds until a thick and dense blanket of foam shadows the glass. Its random broken lace dashes the glass as the beer recedes on the glass.

One whiff unveils the earthen sweetness that makes Scottish Ales so alluring. Rich with toffee, seared caramels, bread, biscuit and malted milk, the nose layers in notes of wood, scorched earth and stone fruit. Never vinous, hints of pepper and toast rise as the first sip draws near.

Strong overtones of malty sweetness coax the early palate. Its sweetness is toffee-rich, decadently dessert-like with caramels, light chocolate, latte and nuttiness. Toast, rum and fruitcake come wave after wave as the complexities build and the middle palate opens up to its taste. Finishing with the slightest taste of campfire and earthen bog- its true Scotch flavor comes true in the most subtle of ways. Still its cola-like sweetness tramples on into the beer's far reaching aftertaste.

The same impression of sweetness in taste reigns supreme in texture as well. Its initial malty-sweetness is well received. But its slow decline into any sort of dryness, complex malt structure that's not reliant upon sweetness limits the beer to develop the malty-dry character that authentic Scottish Ales enjoy. In such, the beer has an extended chewy mouthfeel with rummy warmth and a pleasant peppery bite.

Flaming Longshot is a very fine Scottish-inspired American beer. Its somewhat simplified taste simply lacks the understated complexities that are most enjoyed about more authentic versions. But the beer does justice with its no-nonsense malty-rich focus.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of utahgiebs
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Twotonsandwich
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Hopstout
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of DaveAnderson
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Josholson666
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Republic, into a shaker

A: cola brown/black, with a thin cap of khaki head
S: a hint of smoked meat, some faint roasted coffee, some earthy yeasty bready notes, and a promise of sweet toffee.
T: Nicely balanced, rich, and not too sweet (which is a difficult thing for me with some in this style). The substantial malts provide a rich mouthful, but I also get a bit of black licorice and there's an edge of flowery hoppy bitterness that is always threatening but never really kicks in fully. The smoke is very mild, and there's nothing too complex or fancy about the whole deal, but it is quite pleasant and well made, and it really does a great job of combining the earthy and rich dimensions of the style.
M: best thing about this one...very full and substantial but not too heavy. medium carbonation.

First beer I've tried from these guys and it is a success. I'd have this one again in a second. Looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is treacle sweet, with nutty, toasted notes, faint smoke.

Flavor is similar, though the smoke is more pronounced. It's not overly phenolic, though. Just seems a little lacking in malt character, for a scotch ale.

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Photo of SortaAmbivalent
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mdog
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a mini-growler:

Appearance: Dark brown, good head.

Smell: Sweet malt mixed with smoked meat.

Taste: Nicely sweet to start, toffee-like, then shifts to a moderate smoked ham flavor and earthy hops.

Overall: I can finally start doing reviews of one of my favorite breweries since they fill 750mL mini-growlers now. Flaming Longship is a smoked scotch ale, and one of my favorites from the brewery. Very tasty, hits the earthy and sweet scotch ale flavors while adding smoked flavors to the mix.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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