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HaandBryggeriet Aqua Vita Porter

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


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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2650) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Roasty sweet with light wood aroma. Vanilla smooth porter with light wood notes and a strong tart grapefruit edge. Deep brown in color, no head. Different, but great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2665) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of dark bread and toasted, light herbs and resin for the hops, moderate leather for the yeast, with charcoal, licorice and a strong fruity-perfumey aroma which must be from the Aquavit. Head is large, frothy but settle to creamy, light brown with good slippery lacing and good legs and is mostly lasting. Color is murky, very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet, lightly acidic and acetic, then finishes lightly sweet, moderately acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a lively carbonation and a chalky, lightly astringent and very dry finish. This was a lot better than i expected, having seen the overall score before I opened it. I’m not sure of the Wild Ale designation it got though. This is a perfect beer to pair with a cigar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (11965) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 21, 2010
from erzbierschof.ch - dark black colour with a poor chaotic foam left; aroma of licorice, cold ashes and bretts; quite full-bodied and with some acidity; bitter/acidic finish with notes of cold coffee, chocolate and licorice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Pours dark brown with tan head. The nose improves after warming, with chocolate coming to the forefront. Aroma of roasty malts, chocolate, wood, caramel. Flavor is slightly underwhelming, as the sour notes don’t really come through and the malts fall somewhat flat. An odd, boozy mouthfeel combined with cloying sweetness also detracts, as if this were a combination of porter and grain alcohol. There is a surprising level of booziness in this, even after being aged for over six months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle (thanks Eric!): Pours a rich dark color with a nice tan head. The nose is sweet and creamy with a ton of cherry and chocolate, light vanilla and molasses with a hint of spice and smoke. The flavor is mellow but full bodied and chewy; plenty more melanoidins and chewy dark malts and dried fruit. The finish is lightly spicy with a mild alcohol note. Very nice and well combined.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (12884) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2010
Black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, berries and wine-like barrel. Slightly tart roasted flavour with strong chocolate, a barrel note again best described as wine-like. Uniqu and very interesting

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 7, 2010
Bottled 50cl. It pours a very dark beer with a smallish bubbly deep beige head. Indefinitely wonderful complex aroma and taste which is out of this world. Minty. A heavenly consecration. I reveled in every sip. Perhaps lemon peel, dark chocolate and horse blanket would be quite suitable for discribing some of the components of this beer. Incredible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2010
Leftover from the Danish summertasting in Ulfborg, kindly brought by Yngwie, thanks my friend! It’s pitch-black with a sour (in the pleasant way) and vinous aroma of berries, licorice, fruit. The flavour is light to moderately sweet with notes of licorice, sour berries, caramel, and it’s soft and pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2010
500 ml bottle; batch 225 from September 2009; thanks to beerlando for the trade; pours dense black with creamy chocolate head along the edges; big nose of bakers chocolate, dry spices, vanilla cookies and burnt roast; pretty hefty flavor profile with heavy roast, chocolate, light tobacco, spicy rye, oak; silky texture with faint smokiness and spicy booze; lots of roasted malt but does maintain a relatively thin texture; fairly big beer overall, but more complex and well rounded than the standard barrel aged beer; silky, oaky almost red wine feel to it as it warms; roast mixed with sweet spice; a really nice and unique brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15537) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2010
Bottle @ Danish Summer Gathering, 2010. Pours black with a creamy bubbly off white head. Hard roasted malts, coffee and quite ashy aroma. Flavor adds some fruit and oak. A bit tart. Quite in harmony and overall really interesting and tasty.

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