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HaandBryggeriet Aqua Vita Porter

Formerly brewed at HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Porter
Drammen, Norway


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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Aqua Vita Porter is a very special brew, this is a powerful porter that has been aged in old Akevitt barrels for several months. We use this technique to blend the 2 flavours and the process has produced a very special beer. We think the flavour of this beer must be very close to how historic porters tasted in the old days when all beers were kept in oak barrels. This is not a beer for the faint hearted, its rather rustic in flavour and aroma. The barrel ageing comes through very well in this beer, the usual acetic flavour from contact with oxygen in the barrel, the spill over of the Akevitt flavours and of course the wood flavours. All this combined with the darker malts makes it unique. And the aroma is so powerful and interesting it just makes you beg for a sip. 6% alc. ABV, 32 IBU, 112 EBC. Serving temp. 10-12C or 50-55F

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (7031) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle, courtesy of yngwie. Batch #147. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of dark berries, sour cherries, chocolate, vinegar and malt. Flavor is sweet and sour berries with some caramel, malt, wood, spices and aqua vita. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2013
Batch 225. 10% ABV. This beer made me drive 600 km to clear out 8 different stores for this brilliant stuff. The later batches fell to 9% ABV and the remake down to 6% ABV. Chickens.... Pours black with a large creamy beige head. Extreme strong and complex aroma of coffee,chocolate, brown sugar, prunes, wood, spice and some sweetness. Flavor is very complex of the same, full bodied, very creamy mouthfeel. This is one of those beers that you could just enjoy the aroma of for an hour before tasting it. Just two left in my cellar :-(

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Toni from Erzbierschof. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of sour cherries and dark fruits with subtle hints of vanilla, and finishing with a fine roasted malt and chocolate. Tastes very tart, with dark red cherries, sourness, vanilla, and a mild bitter. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, silky and oily texture. An excellent and amazing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1364) - Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Thanks to Markwise for this one. Aroma is cacao, carob, some slight roast and vanilla. Wood. Taste is similar with plenty of roast and sweet vanilla. Oak is written all over this one but in a mild way, giving this brew great flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2012
This porter was special. There was a nice and chalky, earthy presence among mellow cocoa notes. In the background was a nice and oaky undertone that had a nice texture as well. Quite the beer, and a big thanks to Markwise for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle thanks to markwise. Near black pour with lots of tan head. Aroma is great - oak, vanilla, chocolate, and roast. Slightly fruity flavor with more roast and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5010) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2012
500 mL bottle from Green’s Beverages in Atlanta. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Nose is spice, slight booze, licorice, wood, slight chocolate, and dark fruit. Flavor is similar. I am not sure what Aqua Vita tastes like, but it does some nice things to this porter. Flavor swells with anise, the darkest of chocolate, roast, and dark fruit. Medium to full in body with some lingering spicy licorice and dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2012
Tried this last night and lost the notes on my computer, anyhow from what I remember, black body with decent tan head, dark chocolate and a little alcohol on the nose, mouthfilling, dark fruit coming through as well as hint of smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (6228) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 Botttle. Black colour with a off white head. Complex aroma, roasted barley, coffe, citrus, deep red wine? Flavour is also hard to describe, but it gives a warm and well mixed mouthfeel, coffe, toffe, cirtus, dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (3604) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2011
0.5l bottle #147. This one pours a pretty much pitch black body with a quickly fading and sidesticking tanned head. Aroma is surprisingly tart and oaky with some roasted and smoky notes and hints of both alcohol, coffee and licorice. It has average to soft carbonation, medium-bodied and a oily mouthfeel. Flavors are also quite sourish (the sourness can actually remind a bit of the same sourness I found in their Odin’s Tripel) with more oak, coffee and red wine vinegar. Ends quite dry with a lasting light roasted and sour aftertaste and just a little hint of alcohol as well. Interessting stuff! Not anything like the new remake.

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