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HaandBryggeriet Aqua Vita Porter

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

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2010
bottle from binnys in chi..black pour with small head..aroma of rubbing alcohol, roasted malt, and toast. slight oak picked up as well...flav is good but has a bizarre ultra-sweet finish that is slightly hot. big lactose sugars, toast, nuts, raisin and alcohol. hot bourbon finish. thin, elusive mouthfeel

1.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Moolesen (219) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2010
Very dark beer with a dark beige head. Nice salty nose, with a dark hint, which makes me think of of great Bordeaux wine (strange, but true). But when tasting this beer, I’m so disappointed... Salt salt and more salt. It’s simple disgusting. Not drinkable. Maybe I have a bad batch (147 by the way), but this is definetly not my beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2010
batch 225 bottle outta nowhere from dakine on 3/8/10. pours as black as brownish red can be... topped by a beige head. amazing aroma of fudgey chocolate, ashy tartness, brown sugar, prunes, wood, spice, roasty sweetness and coffee. the flavor is the same only way more amazing!... a bit rich and brown sugary with sharp cheddar cheesy notes on the finish. full bodied. crazy creamy insane mouth feel. love it! 9/5/10/5/19/4.8

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4709) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2010
@1stBP, Bottle: Beige lacing. Black color. Smell is sour, some hints of roasted ingredients, liquorice (wood), raisin. Taste is intense: sour/vinegar, hints of roasted ingredients, yeast, syrup, hints of coffee hints of spices. Sweet sour mix. Light bitter but more sweet aftertaste. Bit grassy aftertaste as well. Taste like a mix of Geuze and Stout.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kbutler1 (1356) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is of dark malt with toasty notes. Pick up a faint slight tart flavor that must come from the barrels. Smoky and alcohol taste. Not very smooth. Sweet, spice, booze, and barrels with a bitter ending. Alcohol is way to prevalent in this.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Finn (4402) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2010
Flaske 0,5l. Batch 147. Lavt sjokoladefarget skum. Tydelig syrlig aroma av akevitt. Her begynner problemet: Enten er den gått sur til tross for at den er innenfor dato, eller så er den beregnet til å være en belgisk sour. Som porter er den ikke typeriktig. Som surøl er den ok, men midt på treet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Pours black with a frothy brown head which fizzes away quickly. Nose is dark chocolate, roasty, aquavit as well once it warmed up a bit and woodsy as well. Flavor is full of roasty malts, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, slight wood and finishes with a nice bitterness with the roasty flavors still present. Also get slight licorice. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2010
50cl, Batch 147, no mention of ABV, new exclusive Norwegian brew Anno 2009, from Den Bierzolder Heule, complex sour Porter, balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, but expensive

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2010
Totally different label, wondering about Akkevit Porter, but htat is not what it said... Medium yellow-beige, finebubbled head over pitch-black beer, though exhibiting some yellow-orange reflections on pouring. Quite "oud-bruin" like lactic acid nose, with some roasted/burnt malts and charcoal-roasted barley. Brett or Lactobacillus? Sourish/roasted, coffeeish flavour, lactic acid, as coffee with sour cream. Very powerful flavours. Thick, near viscous texture, creamy, alcohol obvious in both taste and warming. Very nice, unusual, but no doubt way more traditional porter than most - do I hear Entire Butt?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (7231) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 18, 2010
Bottle. Low fluffy but lasting off-white head. Absolutely no light coming through this black body. Astonishingly mild coffee cocoa liquorice aroma. Cocoa at the front of the flavor instead of the expected coffee. Followed by mild sweet liquorice. Little hops bitterness though. Sorry mates but to me it is more metal than wood in the flavor. Guess it is actually the aqua vitae that does the trick. Low carbonation. Long aftertaste. Quite different from what I expected. Thanks mates.


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