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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, - OCT 19, 2012
The pour reveals a black color with brown highlights and a medium, light brown head. The aroma is very peculiar, there’s roasted malt, fruits, caramel and honey. The flavor is well balanced, the roasted malt, fruits, caramel and honey live in harmony, there’s alcohol , but it’s not too much, it’s also a bit tart. There’s mild bitterness in the end. The body is medium with a slightly vinous texture and medium carbonation. This is the kind of beer I like to drink when the weather is cold, I’m going to save a bottle for when I come home from a long walk in the cold and need something to warm my heart and my guts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (781) - NORWAY - JUL 8, 2014
Black. Pale brown persistent head. Aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Similar taste, also with roasted nuts and well balanced with refreshing bitterness. Long aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1242) - Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Appearance: dark, muddy brown with a creamy tan head the color of yoohoo, and generous bubbly curtains of lace. Aroma: earthy, with licorice, anise, strong molasses, gingerbread, light graham cracker. Taste: black licorice, molasses, brown bread, gingerbread cookies, hints of soy sauce, seaweed, chocolate, and herb garden. Finish: lasting finish, pretty sweet, with licorice and molasses lingering most prominently. Notes: Quite good. Tastes like Christmas. Beerthday 2014, bottle 01.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29208) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2014
Bottled. A brown beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, liquorice, and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, and liquorice, leading to a dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (613) - Lille, FRANCE - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle @ Six Roses, Lille - FR. Color: dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: roasted malt, red fruit notes, caramel and sour notes. Taste: strange taste complexe notes of sour and roasted malt. Not easy drinkable but interesting. Aftertaste: roasted malt with rye bread and fruity notes. Interesting beer but a 50cl is too many...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wvhoran (156) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle with Patrick at The Winston. A deep brown beer with a ruby red tinge. Roast malt aroma with a lot of sweet dried fruit, some cinnamon, smoke. Taste is rather sweet, good complex malts, some spice, smoky caramel. Warming alcohol. Dad would declare this "a great after dinner beer".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
[5373-20130524] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Tree bark and toasted plastic malt aroma. Hazy, dark brown body with a long-lasting creamy tan head. Roasted bark and grainy malt flavour has a nice sour roasted fruit aftertaste. Full body. Strange but quite good. (8/4/9/4/16) 4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hman43 (322) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2014
It has an aroma of cherry, coffee, wood, and tart aromas. It is black with light carbonation bubbles. There is little lacing on the sides. The head is medium brown. It has a wood taste with coffee, sweet with a bitter after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1143) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2014
Batch 490. Bit of a gusher, maybe from the ride home. Dark brownish black. Light smoke, sour wood, tart fruit on the nose. Tart cherry, light coffee, chickory, smoke, lightly warming on the way down. Complex winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdavidh (146) - California, USA - APR 18, 2014
Great jet black color, nice dark creamy head. Strong malt nose of dark chocolate and wood. Taste was quite sweet, raisins and currants, with a slightly piney finish. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andriesradu (461) - ROMANIA - APR 17, 2014
From tap @ BBF 2014. Pours dark red/brown with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, caramel, olives, reminds me more of a foreign stout than a traditional ale. Flavor is moderate bitter, roasted malt, light chocolate, olives. Bitter aftertaste.

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