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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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19370) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 Bottled at PBF. Near black, almost no head. Interesting tast vinous nose. Oaky nose Rodenbach style. Tart and lighter in body than expected. The roastiness from the porter only manifests itself as a slight hint of tar in the finish. Instead this beer is all about oaky tartness with vinegar and wood. Finally Haandbryggeriet makes a beer that is not only interesting on the paper, this is by far the best ever from them!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2009
(Bottled) Very dark brown with a small beige head. Very oaky and vinegary-sour aroma with licorice. Flavor of vinegary maltiness, not much roast until the finish, hints of licorice and oak. Pretty viscous body, although not quite full, with low carbonation. Forget about porter in the name - a very nice sour ale!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2009
Bottled (batch 147, 200308, PBF). Opaque brown-black color, not much head. Woody, acidic vinegardish aroma. Wineous vinegar flavor. There is some toasted dark malts and wood. Was beer supposed to be acidic or was it born acidic? Do I like this or not?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20313) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2009
Bottled. Ruby red colour, small brownish head. Aroma is mild sour wooden notes along with spices, roasted malts, caramel and some notes of akvavit. Flavour is strong sour wood, roasted malts, burnt wood, mild spicyness as well as some tart berries as well.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (5118) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2009
Bottled. Hazy reddish color, medium off-white head. Aroma of big fruity hops on a caramel malty background. Some strawberry, slight alochol. Bit sweet malty. strange sourness. Weird.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
skortila (4505) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2009
Bottled. Aroma Aroma has the hint of light tartness, wood and coffee. Black coloured with a beige lace. The taste is sweet with some sourness, coffe malts there some roast and fruitiness. Medium bodied beer. Iím not to fond of those sour porters.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
altonbrownd (3702) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 28, 2009
Bottle from Bierkoning. Nice dark brown with thin tan head. Looks really promising. Toast nose. But the flavour is really sour due to the healthy Akevitt residue. I guess Iím too faint-hearted because it doesnít work for me. Some malts, and ginger too. Well done for a Sour Ale, to be sure. But not my thing. I poured 80% of it down the drain.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ober (2810) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2009
Bottle at De Molen brewery pub. Thanx to Menno. A clear dark brown colored beer with a beige head. The aroma of fruits like cherries with some sourness. Also a little wood. The taste has some fresh sourness with wooden notes. Little chocolate with berries. The aftertaste is most of all sour. It reminds me at a Flemish brown.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2009
Bottle@DeMolen, thx Menno. Light lactic aroma mixed with chocolate. Opaque colour, light brown head, good lace. Sweet, very lactic (almost vinegar), other porter flavours but overwhelmed by the sourness that becomes harsh in the finish. Like a mix of Porter and Flemish Sour Ale.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
larsga (6206) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 4, 2009
Medium coarse brown head. Nearly opaque black body goes dark brown at edges. Chocolatey alcoholic sugar and wood aroma with vinuous vinegary notes. Acidic chocolatey wooden vinuous taste. Thinnish body. Sharpish mouthfeel. Acidic watery wooden aftertaste. Strange. Very little complexity. Not a very successful experiment, Iím sad to say. No idea why, to be honest. Didnít finish the bottle. (0.5l bottle at Olympen, Oslo.)


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