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HaandBryggeriet / Närke Unionöl

Formerly brewed at HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Traditional Ale
Drammen, Norway


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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Närke og Haand har brygget et vennskapsøl med spesielle, lokale ingredienser fra begge land: Gotlandsmalt, honning, tyttebær og einer. Närke and Haand has brewed a colloaboration beer with special, local ingredients from both countries: Gotlandsmalt, honey, cranberries and juniper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (20452) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2012
Bottled at SMÖF. Dark brown, small head. Very smoky with some wood and juniper. Mid sweet with medium body and well rounded mouthfeel. Smoke and honey, some vinous cranberry tartness. Low bitterness. Rustic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmrmwel (1138) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours an almost black dark brown, with a small airy head. Aroma is smoky malts, heather and honey sweetness. Body is normal, with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet with roasted malts and honey, with fruity notes as well as raisins and molasses.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4454) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a dark brown, near-black body with a tiny off-white sheet of bubbles on top. Aroma is strong and pretty amazing: deep forest-like herbal spice notes, mild smoke and intense honey and floral heather tones with hints of wood and red berries. Very, very pleasant. Taste follows suit, with juniper and honey leading the way through deep smokey malt tones, bitter piney hops and near-astringent heather-herbal notes in the finish. Warming syrupy alcohol notes and hints of wood, raisins and dark, dried berries. High in taste but still rather drinkable and the originality of this brew is just amazing; never had anything like it. A winning team-up from Haandbryggeriet and Närke for sure, and a delicious winter seasonal treat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
noelM (158) - Málaga, Andalusia, SPAIN - NOV 1, 2012
Aunque tenía muy buen aspecto tenía un sabor rarillo y no me hizo mucha gracia. La miel, los arándanos y el enebro no los encontré.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
_angst_ (3237) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2012
Sample @ SMÖF 2012. Pours hazy dark blackish brown with a small bubbly beige head that slowly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, tiny sour and malty with dark bread, peat, smoked grains, rubber, lemon zest, asphalt, tropical fruit hard candy, urine and charred wood. Taste is tiny sweet, bitter and sour with dark bread, charred wood, smoke, prunes, raisins, manure, lemon zest, raw latex, barnyard and prune juice. Mouthfeel is tart, astringent and medium bodied. Finish is sour and tiny bitter with dark bread, urinal blocks, lemon zest, charred wood, peat and smoke. Rather vile... kinda hope this is unintentionally infected.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
ekstedt (5708) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2012
Draught at SMÖF 2012. Dark brown, medium beige head. Pungent barnyard smokey aromas with a clear touch of urine. Sweet and slightly acidic. Nasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (12025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2012
SMÖF 2012. Very dark brown beer with a nice beige head. Smoked leather aroma, earthy, malty, horse blanket. Sourish, smoked flavor, leather, caramel, hay, earthy, hop notes, vinous, horse blanket, citrus, metallic notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thomat (2235) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2012
On tap @ BBF 2012. Dark brown with a small tan head. Sweet with malt notes. Malt, fruit, sweetness and honey. Medium body with a sour / bitter finish. Bad experiment ?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Christian (11423) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2012
Cloudy copper with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of honey and citrus with a herbal note. Sweet malty flavour with fruit, honey and a touch of smoke. A bit cloying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6517) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Bottle. Virtually no head. Body is cloudy dark brown, unfiltered. Aroma is moderately malty (molasses, caramel), with strong notes of peat smoke / Islay malt Scotch and incense, lighter note of manure. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft/flat carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Well, not as good as hoped...the aroma is rather one-dimensional...the peat smoke strongly dominates, with a weird (but uncanny) incense note riding tandem (sandalwood?). And I like incense, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not really an odor that makes me salivate or want to eat/drink something. Nearly flat carbonation doesn’t work well with the syrupy sweet body. Overall it’s unusual but honestly it’s just not very enjoyable. Quite a disappointment considering the two brewers involved.

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