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

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RATINGS: 316   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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (10527) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
A: Pours a very dark brown color with a finger of tan head forming. S: There’s a huge herbal aroma coming from this. Seems like a ton of sage. Quite a lot of pine and spruce to the nose, as well. Some definite roast and maybe a bit of chocolate. T: A weird combination of floral and herbal flavors. The same intense sage flavor is there along with spruce and some tart berries. Dark chocolate and roasted malt character is present too. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. D: A little too funky for me. I wanted this to be good, but I couldn’t really get into it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Dark brown, almost black. Big, dense spongey head. Smells like chocolate and molasses, with some spicy (cinnamon?) and red wine notes. Flavor is a lot of chocolate and coffee, with odd spicy notes in the background. Very heavy palate. Definitely a sipper...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 26, 2011
State Line Liquors tasting. Pours a very dark opaque brown color with a one finger tan head that has good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of fresh cut spruce needles with some chocolate and roasted hints. Big hit of piney bitterness and roast upfront followed by a mix of sage, ginger, nutmeg, chocolate and asmoked fruitiness. A well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11097) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle, bought @ Barley Wine, Cph.
Pours black with a giant, creamy, light-beige head. Fizzes slightly. Very complex aroma, lots of chocolate, nuts, milky, coriander, holly, mildly vinious, a bit of cinnamon. Medium, prickly carbonation, fairly light and well creamy palate. Flavour is mildly roasted, good chocolate, mild cinnamon dryness, some herbal touches, nuts, nutmeg, bog myrtle, light ashy, some tobacco. Fairly sweet, but also with some good dryness. Quite the elegant beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhops (427) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle; Pours dark black/brown, tan head. Aroma of malt, yeast, coffee/chocolate. Flavor is burned malts, chocolate. Thinnish. Good beer. Alcohol is present but not overpowering.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (2065) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 18, 2011
Pours very dark with a high brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, spices, and coffee. Flavor is malts, alcohol, spices, and various other flavors I can’t recognize. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
500ml Bottle: Complex aroma of malt, yeast, chocolate, light spice, light roasting, dark fruit, chocolate-covered fruit, and cardamom. Poured pitch black in color with a huge, creamy, dense, tan/brown head that diminished slowly but lasted throughout. Opaque. Complex flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, spice, chocolate, juniper, chocolate-covered fruit, light yeast, and a hint of nuts. Medium body. Slightly thin, then slightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Malt, chocolate, spice, light yeast finish is slightly chalky. 9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (6472) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 13, 2011
500 ml bottle. Batch #312. Finland.
Dark reddish brown colour with huge tan head. Roasted malt, cardemon and some xmas spices in aroma. Roasted malt, coffee, smoke, dark fruits, caramel and ripe banana in flavour. Warming.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 12, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2011 Pours a brown, three-finger head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Oak, chocolate nose, flavor is oak and sweet baked chocolate, higher ABV is hidden. Really good winter ale. Expensive at $11.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
SirLimpsalot (2058) - SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2011
Nose: Large and perfumed. Rosemary, cardboard and lots of blueberries. Taste: Very komplex beer with blueberries, salt, some coffee and liquorish. Kinda strange beer and I am having a hard time trying to figure out what they are trying to achieve. The after taste it pure bluberry and kinda ruff after a while.


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