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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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9041) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle… Pours pitch black with a large, fluffy, well-tanned head. Excellent, slowly receding, creamy retention. Nice cocoa aroma intermingled with lots of earthiness, woodiness, some funkiness and vinous notes. Full-bodied with buzzing carbonation. The flavor offers interwoven mocha, moderate dark malt sweetness, moderate to medium black malt and hop bitterness, mild earthiness and a whisper of acidity. Moderately bitter mocha finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2010
Near black with a tiny deep beige head. Sour aroma with lacto, hard roasted malt and sour berries. Flavour was quite sour with sour berries, hard roasted malt, woody and lactic notes. Finished sour. Nice even though it most likely wasn’t intended.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10142) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2010
Bottled. Dark brown reddish coloured. Fluffy brown head. Aroma of lacto, light roast, wood, alcohol, spice, chocolate. Flavour of lacto, liqourice. wood, cocoa and some roast. Medium bodied. Soruich and liqourice dense end. very special and not really a porter of my likings.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29207) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2010
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin dark brown head. The aroma has strong notes of wood, and lacto bassilicus. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, wood, lacto, brett, and soy sauce, leading to a dry roasted and lacto finish. If you like sour, you like this. Thanks yespr for sharing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2010
50 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is dark fruity and hard roasted malty. Smooth fruity and dark roasted malty flavoured. Smooth fruity flavoured, Dark roasted malty. Lovely fruity and dark roasted malt flavoured. Nice one. Light lacto and acetone note.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2010
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours an opaque black with a tiny, rough off-white head. Interesting lactic nose, some rotten plums also. Medium body, hard roasted malts, loads and loads of lacto - close to acetone. Hardly any bitterness in the finish but rather sour. This probably is off, but in a lovely fashion. 080210

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
gowdy (725) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2010
Bottle at Craig’s house. Very tart. Wasn’t sure if it was okay or not but it seems it is. Not my cup of tea.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cgarvieuk (14174) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2010
Bottle at home .... really not sure about this ... deep black ... thin lacing ... funky sour nose ... is this barrel ageing or has it turned ... again a short sourness... almost lambic like rather that a porter ...some red wine tones ... not really working for me...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2009
From bottle at Bishops Arms, Järntorget. Dark brown colour with low beige head. Fennel, aquavit and dark malts in aroma. Medium bodied with chocolate, mint and dark malts, bit toasty. Warming from higher alcohols. Bit brown malt and green, maybe dill. Not much acidity in my sample. Low bitterness. Really balanced.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (5214) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle batch # 147. Pours dark brown, almost black with a very small off-white head, fast diminishing. Aroma: strong sour, deep roasted coffee, smoke and tar, even some Coke and dark licorice. Taste is sour/sweet candy, low bitterness


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