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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
We house-smoke North Carolina six-row barley over hickory wood, imparting a sweet, subtle smoke to our hickory-smoked brown porter. Depending on your comfort level with smoked beers, you may find Hogwash subtle or overwhelming. Try it with North Carolina barbecue for some smoke-on-smoke action, or go for the Trifecta of Awesome: bacon, beer, and chocolate!
Availability: year-round, draft only for now. 5.4% ABV.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
freekyp (1715) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Interesting take on a smoked beer, with smoke fully in the forefront, and little actual beer character. Not bad, but could use some malt backbone. Softly carbonated, pours dark brown with very little head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rdixon77 (1694) - Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Nice sweet smoked beer. Brown with ruby highlights. Campfire it the aroma. The taste adds a nice brown sugar sweetness. Medium carbonation and drinkable,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1691) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Growler direct from the brewery. Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Huge hickory smoke on the nose with faint dark chocolate in the background. Smoke is obviously present and consumes the palate providing an almost velvety feel that reminds me of standing near a campfire. While some smoked beers have a smoked meat flavor (sausage, salmon, etc.) this one is pure smoke. For some this may be too harsh but as I got used to the intial shock I became more infatuated by this beer. Per the suggestion of the brewery and its commercial deScription I chose to try this paired with Eastern North Carolina barbecue. I agree that this is the perfect pairing. When paired with barbecue the subtle smoke from the pork is in perfect harmony with the hickory smoke in the beer. Whether BBQ is your thing or not this is worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RABinCO (1427) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Pre-filled growler picked up at Sam’s in Durham. Pours dark brown with a slight tan head that fades to a persistent halo. No real lacing. Aroma is slightly smoky, roasted chocolate malt. Taste is VERY smoky, nice signature hickory flavor. A bit overly sweet, like maple syrup. But a nice nuttiness on the end. Very smooth mouthfeel and finishes slightly dry. Very easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2013
From Beerilicious iphone app: Nice beer. Great with some dry rub ribs. Make sure you are in the mood for a smoked beer and you’re good to go

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Draft @ Tyler’s. Aroma of beef jerky. This is a light bodied, easy drinking beer with a lot of smokey goodness balanced with some nice malt base. A session smoked porter? Sure!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Aroma of beef jerky, salty and very smoky. This is light bodied and very drinkable, especially considering the style. Granted, my throat would be dry because of the salty and smoky flavors after 2 of these, but I still would do it again. Reminds me a lot of the Highland Big Butte Porter, and its almost as good as that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerme31 (588) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Had on tap at brewery in spring 2011. Dark brown with full tan head. Strong smokey aroma, resin, pork bbq. Full body and flavorful malt, mild sweetness. After finishing felt like I ate dinner as I was no longer hungry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Growler from brewery taproom. Pours with a great, foamy, 1.5" head. Dark brown. Aroma is yeast, bacon, smoke, and something I can’t identify. Taste is malt, low bitters, mild smoke. Body/mouthfeel very light, almost thin. A bit dry on the finish--big carbonation bite. I had this with a burger, which went well, but I still need to try it with the recommended pairing: NC chopped BBQ. This is a rauchbier, so people will either love it or hate it. I like rauchbier, and this is a highly accessible one, as they go--call it a Rauchbier Lite. If you’ve had Schlenkerla and been a bit put off by its extreme meatiness, you should try this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HourGlass13 (380) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Dark brown in the glass. This is beyond very smokey, it is liquid smoke. Not much flavor beyond that. A very interesting beer, but not easy to drink.

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