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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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer4000 (4474) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 16, 2010
500 ml bottle # 147, 6% ABV. Very dark brown, almost black body with a thin brown head. Strong aroma of dark malt, dry fruit, lactic, wood and aqua vita. The aroma is the only place I can sense the aqua vita. Flavor is sweet, light roasted malt, dry fruit, soy souse, mild wood, Bret and quite strong acid. For me this is closer to a Rodebach than a porter even if this is something in between. Not as acidic as Rodenback Crand Cru, still way to acidic and funky for a porter. This is good, exiting and fun to taste, but I had to admit I used quite some time to finish a bottle by myself. Thanx to OleR.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 5, 2010
Bottle 500ml. @ home.
Clear dark black color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, berry tart, wood, oak, lacto - brett, light to moderate alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet, moderate to heavy acidic and moderate bitter with a long duration, balsamico. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finsh feel is light alcoholic. [20100228]

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
usetheforce (52) - Wehl, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2010
Bottle from De Molen. Shared it with my boyfriend spkevin. Glad we shared, because this beer caused me stomach ache with itís sourness. Pours a beautiful black beer with a big tanned head. Strong smell of wood, coffee and alcohol. The taste was quite a shock at first, didnít expect it to be this sour, and Iíve never had a sour beer like this before. Later on I started to enjoy it and I tasted, next to the sourness, hints of red wine, berries, oak and strong coffee. This is by far the weirdest beer Iíve ever had, and I still wonder if itís really 7% ABV..

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
spkevin (389) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2010
Bottle from De Molen íto tryí (thanks!) Shared with my girlfriend usetheforce. Wow. What a strange beer! Pours a dark, black beer with low carbonation. Still got a good beige, tan head. Impressive, strong aroma. Couldnít stop sniffing it. Very complex with hints of coffee, roasted malts, alcohol, some wood and something strange wich would have been the Akkevit. Taste really blowed me away. Very sour with a coffee/porter ending. Donít know if I really loved the beer but it still was very impressive. Just to sour for me I guess. But the roasted, porter hints made it still enjoyable.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Bottle shared by daknole like a beer pimp -- thanks!! Pours roasted black with a trim ring of brown foam. Smells of lactose, peppermint, and cocoa -- very inviting. Tastes of espresso, milk cocoa, sweet malts, oak, and booze. This beer fucking ROCKS. I have no idea whatís going on with the ratings -- perhaps some bottles are infected??

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Geiserich (3384) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 21, 2010
Bottled: Sourly aroma, notes of berries, roasted malt, chocolate. Black color, creamy brown head. Flaovor is dominated be intensive acid notes, berries, red wine, roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffe. Astringent, roasty finish. To acidic for me, despite some interesting notes. Wasnít able to finish this bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2010
thanks to JMFG for sharing this! Spicy caraway on the nose with rich chocolate with coffee notes. Pours black with a tan head. Chocolate malts with coffee notes spicy caraway and rye-like flavors. Very spicy with smooth dark malt flavors. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black body with a rocky coffee tan head. Minerals, malty chocoalte, light oak vanilla and light ground coffee notes. Roast y dark malty body with a lively dark chocolate and wisp of smoke. Creamy roast y with some light licorice, a bit astringent and yet sweet. Rustic with a light warming licorice. Hardly any barrel, very light roast y with some dark chocoalte and a mild rustic licorice. Dark bruit tones chocolate, raisins, and chocolate cherries. Very nice.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (9101) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Black pour. Brown head. Aroma is loaded with plums, prunes, light oak, chocolate, espresso, and more dark fruit. Flavor is loaded with roasted malt, light chocolate...this shit is amazing. HELL YEAH.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Black with a fizzy white head. Milk chocolate and a spiced liquor aroma. Tastes of chocolate, alcohol, grains of paradise, coffee and oak with a warm alcoholic finish.


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