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


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RATINGS: 373   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (3875) - 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 (6484) - 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 (1059) - 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 (2346) - 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 (3592) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle 500ml from Plonk. Masterpiece, with a unique combination of flavours and aromas. Nose of cherries, apple, and hints of butter. Taste is sweet and sour, with very long length and a dry finish. Palate is silky, with a full body. Black, with a frothy off-white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2011
Pours very dark brown in color with a creamy tan head. Nose of dark fruit, chocolate, liquorice, mint and alcohol. Dark fruit more on the taste then spice then vanilla and maybe some ash. Smells thick but tastes thin, complex and different as well as alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ComradeK (1059) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours an almost opaque red-tinged black, with a huge tan head, which lasts quite well, and leaves behind decent lacing. Dark, sweet aromas abound on the nose, with burnt caramel, treacle, some sweet spice and some lurking lighter fruit notes featuring. Spicy and herbal hops give quite a bitter start to the beer, moving into a dark and bitter body of coffee, supplemented by an almost cola-like sweetness. Berry notes are mixed with bitter herbs in the finish. This is, like so many Haandbryggeriet products, distinctly odd. In many ways it is quite like a stout, but much more herbal in taste, and a bit lighter in feel. It doesn’t quite hit the mark in the way that some of their other efforts do, although it is still a very interesting and quite a rewarding beer. I can’t, however, see myself drinking it often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6284) - Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2011
500 ml. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours very dark brown in color with a large creamy tan head. The aroma is full of herbs and spices, spruce, roasted malt, a hint of chocolate and wood. The flavor has juniper, herbs and spices, roasted malt, chocolate and a touch of wood. Some alcohol works its way in toward the finish. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cavie (3892) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Pours a clear dark brown color with some reddish tints. Fizzy tan head. Aroma is dry, nutty and slight spice. Flavor is dry bread, caramel notes, and malts. Dry finish.

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