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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10883) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Embrouille (2843) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2013
Batch 225. 10% ABV. This beer made me drive 600 km to clear out 8 different stores for this brilliant stuff. The later batches fell to 9% ABV and the remake down to 6% ABV. Chickens.... Pours black with a large creamy beige head. Extreme strong and complex aroma of coffee,chocolate, brown sugar, prunes, wood, spice and some sweetness. Flavor is very complex of the same, full bodied, very creamy mouthfeel. This is one of those beers that you could just enjoy the aroma of for an hour before tasting it. Just two left in my cellar :-(

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - 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 what’s going on with the ratings -- perhaps some bottles are infected??

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2009
Lucky to enjoy the supposedly last bottle at Olympen,Oslo. Black with a small beige froth. Incredibly sour berries, marcipane, oaky vanilla aromas. Light roast, chocolate, sour berries, vanilla oak, hints of aquavit flavours even. A masterpiece from Haandbryggeriet, probably their best and definitely world-class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4707) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2009
batch 147. 50cl bottle @ biergasthof schiffner. strangely there is no percentage to be found on the bottle anywhere, but it taste about 6-7% strong, so i’l happily go with that :-). pitch black, slight carbonation, thin beige head and no lace. Smell somewhat like a lambic, sour morello cherries, fermented grapes, slight fruit vinegar note, with wood and ever so slight smoke. Best thing is, it tastes even better, the aquavit really comes out and the sourness combines with the roast malts to a beautiful unusual eccentric taste experience! highly reccommend it!!!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16518) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle at Bar & Cigar, Oslo. It pours a next to black body, with only a gentle reddish tint, and a minimal, tan head. Lovely vinegary start on the aroma, on a solid malty base. Coffee notes, some hints of wood, and alcohol. Quite vinous, some berries also chime in. Balsamic vinegar, roasted malts, some alcohol, a hint of wood and vanilla, and dried fruits in the flavor. Very low on aquavit. Medium to full body, astringently sour, and a lasting finish with the flavors found initially. A wonderful sipper, maybe a bit on the sour side, but lovely. More evident aquavit and porter would be nice I think, but that’s just me. (090313)

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