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


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamTheBarrel (775) - 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 (224) - Washington, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6698) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
Bottled from Systembolaget Black with a medium beige/orange head. A bit sourish aroma with notes of wood and chocolate. Fizzy mouthfeel. Dark roasts flavour with liquorice, tar and some sweet, dried fruits. Warming alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2818) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
Pours dark brown with a large, foamy head.
Malty, spicy aroma with hints of smoked ham and licorice.
Sweet and malty taste with hints of peat, toffee, licorice and some smoke. Bitter and somewhat boozy finish.
A bit hard to grasp; flavours takes all kinds of directions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Foffern (1685) - Bodø, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Over one year old. Pours a deep brown to black color with a light brown, big head that fades fairly fast. Roasted aroma of chocolate truffles, ash, coffee, smoke, forest and rubber. The flavor has even more of it all; ash, camp fire, coffee and very dark chocolate. Has a silky and slick mouth feel. An incredibly aromatic and tasteful ale with lots of roasted malt, chocolate and camp fire joy. Fantastic and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nordcore (1311) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle 50cl. Black with a medium light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and dark fruits. Medium bittersweet, light sweet with a nice chocolate and roasted end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerSkull (1374) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2014
(Bottle). Sweet, tangy and fruity nose with aromas of chocolate and dark roasted malt. Big taste of sweet chocolate and with hints of fruit and roasted malt. Extremely bubbly carbonated and way too sticky sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (1566) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2014
impressive dense brown head leaves foamhead and lacing. coffee colour. aroma is coffee, chocolate, bit leather, bit smokey, spruce, bit yeasty. taste like aroma, some sweetness like lactose, nice roasted bitterness, boozy with a lasting roasted bitter finish. very nice balance. medium body and carbonation. some slight oxidation notes (nuts, madeira), but still nice anyway. bottle 50cl / bbf jul-2014

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (1699) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - DEC 29, 2014
500 ml bottle from Systembolaget Passagen, Stockholm.
Almost black body, with a big, not very stable, frothy, dark beige to brown head.
Aroma of melting dark chocolate, nuts, some coffee, some spices.
Taste follows this, with some more dark fruits and slight dry wood.
Full, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes alcohol warming, a bit astringent, roasty, wooden, with dark chocolate, coffee and dark fruits.

Tasty! Like a roasty coffee with liquid bitter chocolate. Pretty filling, but well balanced and quite smooth to drink. A comfortable, warming winter ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (23519) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2014
Bottled, thanks fonefan! Dark brown, firm rich head. Toasty nose with licorice, marzipan and coffee. Mid dry with full body and rounded mouthfeel. Clover, asphalt, coffee. Warming finish with long herbal bitterness.

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