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HaandBryggeriet Bestefar

Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Traditional Ale
Drammen, Norway


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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This is a strong hearty festival beer for those good relaxing moments when you are cuddling up in front of a roaring fire feeling the warmth from both beer and flames.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frode (288) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle 50 cl.
Clear dark brown, tan head. Nose of roasted malt, and a hint of julmust. Light sweet and bitter. Metallic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ozckr (270) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2014
cereal, citrus, golden, amber, hazy, cloudy, light sweetness, medium bitterness, light body, oily feel, lively,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2321) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2014
Very muddy brown, long lasting large tan head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet, malty, some chocolate and wood. Flavour is the same as the aroma, some earth. Bitter mouth, med body, moderate carbonation. Finishes malty, dirty, some alcohol. I like this, odd but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (4472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Black pour under a bit of a foamy/fizzy light khaki head. Rich and deep malty tones of cocoa and spruce with some holiday herbal tones and a dark slightly roasted depth. The flavor is big and smokey, like a rich smoked ale but without any bacon tones, just deep black malt and smoke. Also a wee bitter flavor thats reminiscent of holiday spices and spruce tips. Rich and dark and bitter and smokey yet earthy cocoa tones throughout. Truly a Christmastime by fireplace beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oysteib (90) - NORWAY - NOV 16, 2014
From bottle. Dark brown colour, nearly black. Big foamy head. Coffee and liqorice, nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lillmuffin (92) - Haugesund, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2014
Bougth at @ Apollon in Bergen. Beautifull appearance. Black with beige head. Smells like pork, meat and coffee. This is the best christmas beer i have tasted. So far

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ERB92 (372) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2014
Coffee, chocolate, nuts, licorice, wood and smoke in the aroma. Almost black with a tan head. Medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Medium to full body with a average carbonation. Overall a really enjoyable ale, rich in flavour and well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleksander9 (501) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 3, 2014
Dark brown with nice head. Aroma is toffee, licorice, coffee and spice. Slick and thick palate. Aftertaste is toffee, dark chocolate, some floral notes and prunes. Overall: Very nice. Sip-and-chill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gandalf39 (61) - - NOV 1, 2014
oeuil: mousse brune épaisse comme de la meringue arome: cacao bouche: cacao C’est simplet mais agréable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4961) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle - I know this is probably a year old at this point, but when I found it discounted at 3 bucks a bottle I couldn’t say no - besides, I figured this probably held up well, and despite the bottle gushing when I opened it, it really has - black pour, fluffy carbonation in the head - nose is leather, smoke, prune, tamarind, charred wood, licorice, along with a slight savory/meaty character - slick mouthfeel - medium sweet and spicy front end, like dark chocolate and licorice root - smoke and prune - a savory umami quality late to cut the sweetness - some alcohol warmth on the tail end - very tasty, even with the age on it - the mild oxidation actually adds an interesting depth to the finish - very much enjoying this.

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