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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9275) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Probably getting pours from the end of the keg. Very murky/muddy pour looking completely opaque very massive yeast dreg component. No head formation. Nose is red wine, green olives, small spicy acetic quality and hints of Flemish red oak and wine. Very salty and olive heavy. Taste is like a super thick porter, starting off chalky with big yeast component moving to more silk and powdery chocolate bar. Still gives off hints of lactic sourness and spicy wood/red wine. Not too bad. Would like to re-try in bottle format.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12256) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2011
(500ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a moderate tan head. Aroma of pesticide, spruce, roasted malt, dates, ginger, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, char, pine, ginger, chocolate, and wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle. Pours opaque with a large, frothy dark brown head, long retention with fair lacing. Aroma is dark roast malt, nutty, chocolate malt, light juniper and herbal hops, dark fruity esters and licorice notes. Flavor is dark malt, light bitterness, spices and juniper, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Full body, high warmth, and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thirdeye11 (5780) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
(50cl bottle brewed 6.22.10 bottled 8.3.10 thanks to bu11zeye) near black pour with lasting dark tan head. Nose of cedar, anise, medicinal, chocolate, moth balls. Taste of smoke, medicinal, cedar, very woody and somewhat unpleasant, it’s too much. Rich chocolate balances it just a bit. Linger is medicinal and woody.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (5968) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle from Bierkompass. Black color with medium beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, junipers, smoke. Taste, starts strongly in peppermint, continues with charcoal, toasted malt, hints of coffee. Ends with spicy liquorice finish. Excellent beer for slow drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (4297) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours with a big crackling fizzy head of fluffy light tan coloured foam. The beer is dark like the colour of tea aznd carries a spiced fruit and dark chocolate aroma. Thin in the body but big on flavour with a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Just like grandfather this is not to be messed with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6727) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2013 Bottle (batch 593). Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is cloudy dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate, caramel), with notes of anise, juniper/gin, pepper, nutmeg, spearmint, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Possibly a fresh batch? No oxidation this time, so probably so. Very drinkable with a lovely aroma. A little watery and boozy (and sweet, but still nicely balanced in the finish), but overall a very nice winter warmer. Spices are evident but very nicely integrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
humlelala (1111) - DENMARK - SEP 24, 2011
(50 cl bottle from BunkerBeer) Pours a clear dark brown with thick, toffee head that laces the glass. Aroma is dominated by fruit, alcohol and caramel. Oily texture, medium carbonation, full body and a sweet, boozy finish. Taste is mostly sweet. Somewhat Belgian in style this beer or perhaps it’s just the darkness, complexity and high alcohol strength. Girlfriend says: "I like the smokiness."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kristall-König (2475) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - SEP 23, 2011
Geruch röstig und zitrusartig. Antrunk röstig mit zitrusartiger Note. Mitte samtig-schokoladig, kaffeeartig und fruchtig hinterlegt. Abgang bittermalzig, leicht trocken. Sehr schön.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3638) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Dark brown, nearly black, pour, with a small tan head that leaves a ring. Big smoky aroma with roasty and anise notes. Slight dark chocolate. The flavor has smoky roasted malts, charcoal, dark chocolate, vinous notes and prune, fig, and toffee. Medium-full body with carbonation on the lower side. A nice beer overall, whether you call it an imperial stout or traditional ale or whatnot.

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