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


on tap


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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 15, 2011
Bittle, batch 384. Pours black with a tan head. Smells of some funk, lots of chocolate, and some spices and malt. Tastes of a light bitterness, some basement funk, a light sweetness. Medium bodied. Creamy texture. Finishes wet.Not quite my thing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mezcalmannen (395) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2011
A dark brew with an off-white head. Nice complexity both in aroma and taste, ranging hints of sourness to chocolatey sweetness. My catch with is that I actually find it a tad too sweet, particularly the finish, but all over, a very well crafted beer. (tap)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
visionthing (4796) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 5, 2011
On tap at Grünerløkka Brygghus. Dark brown, almost black. Roasty aroma with coffee, dried fruits and hints of spices. Full body. Sweet, with a long lasting aftertaste with some bitterness. Very nice beer for the dark and cold months up north.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2011
On Tap at grünerløkka brygghus. Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. nose is rich, irish coffee, rum cake, chocolate, dark chocolate covered coffee beans, vanilla, bourbon, everything thats good in life. taste is rich chocolaty, with some roasted highlights. marzipan, chocolate covered cherry cookies, well balanced, an absolute knock out, not too heavy, intensely flavored. I haven’t rated a beer in a long time, but this beer sort of makes you want to stand on a mountaintop and scream how good it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3453) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Picked up bottle at Nikki’s in RI. Pours cola colored with nice thick purplish beige head and great lacing. decent nose of smoke and dark fruits. tastes of plums, smoke, figs, raisins, roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder and earth. great carbonation and chalky finish. very enjoyable sunday afternoon brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koelschtrinker (17307) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 22, 2011
Schokoladenmalziger Antrunk mit sehr leichter Säuerlichkeit, die hervorragend passt und die Malzigkeit ergänzt. Das Bier ist so trotz der Malzlastigkeit erfrischend, ein wenig Anis, Zimt, hefig werdend. Nach und nach wird das Malz leichter, ein leichter Getreidetouch ist vorhanden. Dann wieder schokoladiger, süßlich, vollmundig, unterstützt von mehreren Kräuternoten. 9/12/12/13/9/13

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21437) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Bottle shared with evanlarkin. Dark maroon color, small brown head. Aroma of dark cocoa. Taste is espresso soda and chocolate syrup. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cunningham (6974) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 Bottle. Deep brown almost black colour with a beige head. Coffee, dark fruit, raisin and orange aroma. Same complex flavour, roasted coffe and barley, raisin, fruity. The best of Haandbryggeriets seasonal ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wgjedrem (5) - - NOV 11, 2011 does not count
Tried on tap. Recommended. Traditional christmas beer from haandbryggeriet. Coffee flavor, brown-black apperance and quite bitter. Would enjoy it while relaxing a late December evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12507) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2011
Keg at CP&K. It pours opaque dark brown, with a thin tan lace. The nose is caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt and spice. The taste is cherry, date, blueberry, wood, varnish, alcohol warmth, spice, milk chocolate, meat, vinous notes, brown bread, light roasted malt and caramel, with a dry finish Medium to full body and fine carbonation. Very smooth, well hidden alcohol and malty depth. Interesting stuff.

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