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


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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlazerT (247) - POLAND - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle. Black with medium, beige head. Medicore lacing. Poor lasting. Aroma of roasted malts (mainly milk chocolate) and tart dark fruits notes (cherries in chocolate), some sour wood. Taste is semi-sweet with quite noticable dark fruits flavours (rasins, currants). Light to medium bitterness esp. in the end. Medium to full body, semi-sweet, soft cabronation, oily texture, finish is quite bitter, no alcohol warmth. In general nice beer, despite high ABV no alc. noticable, highly drinkable with some nice sour accents.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2015
1 pint 9 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 45 degrees F. Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany brown, which doesn’t let much light through in an ordinarily-lit room. Forms a decent-sized pale tan head with good retention, though little to no lacing. Smell: That’s interesting. There’s more than a hint of some Belgian-esque yeast, with dark fruit and banana in the nose, atop a sweet malty backbone. There’s a just a faint hint of something musty beneath. This smells not unlike a quad, or BSDA. Taste: Sour springs forth instantly as it touches the tongue, a dry, acetic sour that reminds one of a balsamic vinegar. The sourness floats atop a richly sweet malt, which itself contains dark fruits - hints of plum and black cherry. Through the middle, tones of fireplace ashes and leaves appear and disappear. The finish leaves a touch of the balsamic vinegar, mingled with an almost soda-like sweetness and a trace of burnt wood. Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, almost sharp to drink, which the vinegar sourness plays off of. Overall: An interesting beer, definitely of a sort I have never encountered before - much like a Flanders Red or Oud Bruin meeting a quadrupel. I don’t know that I would repeat it, but it made for a fascinating experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (1019) - ISRAEL - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Stas. Pours deep brown with a big bubbly head. Aroma of prunes, coffee, chocolate and smoke. Sweet with dried fruits, chocolate and cocoa flavors. Medium-bodied, well carbonated. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2015
1/28/2014. From bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, licorice and spices. Bitter flavors, hints of smoke and coffee. A bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linnet (1306) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2015
Extreme gusher, 1/3 of the beer ended up in various parts of my kitchen. Aroma is roasty, dry, almost vinous, ABV evident, salty, licorice, ashy, coffee. Black colour, mocha head, lacing. Chocolatey sweet, salty, soft bite, warming and complex. Fullbodied, soft carbonation, salty, warming and roasty finish. Impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (19334) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and spicy caramel aroma. Roasted malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty spicy caramel and chocolate finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Turtles (484) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2015
Smells of cloves, pine needles. The taste is complex, full-bodied, slightly smoky, spicy, root beer, juniper berries, coffee, dark syrup. Feel like Santa Claus himself has concocted and mixed a recipe of different beer styles, a Christmas tree and Christmas candy. Minimal bitterness and very little sweetness that still gives a pleasant concealed taste of sweetness. Heats up the dark winter night and give me proper Christmas spirit!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Florya (858) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: dark brown, small head Aroma: coffee, chocolate, wood, spice, Palate: medium to full body , average carbonation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamTheBarrel (624) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2015
500ml brown bottle, label picturing an old-timey santa, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is brownish black with a large khaki colored thick foamy head, that when settled left a little lacing on the glass. Aroma of molasses, dark bread and roasted malts. Flavours of molasses, raisins, caramel, dark bread, roasted malts, a hint of spices and dark chocolate. Taste is medium-heavy sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full bodied, syrupy texture and medium carbonation. HaandBryggeriet Bestefar is strong and sweet, similar to an Imperial Stout. Not a beer that I would serve on a traditional Nordic Christmas dinner table, but as a couch sipper beer it is fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
penstemon (199) - Nevada, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Foamed over when opened, probably from bottle conditioning. Pours super dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is of sweet dark malts, spice cake, dried plum, a bit of roast and smoke, coffee, tobacco and slight apple. Taste is brown bread, dried plum, raisin, warm spices, hint of smoke, bit of chocolate and char/roast, and molasses. Medium bitterness. Fizzy carbonation, medium body. Nice alcohol warmth. Starts sweet but finishes fairly dry. This was really nice and complex, I feel like I need to try more to really get a grasp on it but I enjoyed it all the same.

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