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

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RATINGS: 342   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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3.8
   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tandembrauer (276) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, almost black with small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, alcohol, ashes. Taste: coffee, smoke, very little spices and fruit; sweet, but not extreme.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (506) - SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014
@ Kristoffers väg. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Chocolate, cacao, some smokiness and spices. Taste: Chocolate, cacao, sweet. Body is medium to light full, chocolate and cacao in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (2241) - SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2014
Pours dark brown to black with tall light beige head. Aroma of hazel nuts, brown sugar, roasty and sweet, light christmas spices. Taste is sweet, malty and spicy with a heavy roasty finish, some burnt sugar. Body is medium to rich, creamy, with soft carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (1163) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2014
@ Havregatan 141223. Bottle (500 ml) from Systembolaget. Roasted malty and spicy with caramely notes, chocolate and licorice, vanilla, sweet, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is slightly bitter and roasted with chocolate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cool_Bond (1583) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2014
Charcoal, smoke, dark malty aroma. Sweetness, fruitiness and strong coffee taste. Incredibly heavy bitterness in the aftertaste that fills the mouth forever. Too much carbonic otherwise the beer was really enjoyable. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5071) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Draft at ChurckKey. Poured a clear brown color with a small tan head. Aroma was some cinnamon, cloves. Flavor was sweet malts, light peat. Light alcohol notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sturmthis (612) - Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2014
On draft. Dark brown color with beige head. Grape and smoke aroma. Taste is a lot like a white wine with that grape and some spices. Very different beer and interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (2258) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Very lively bottle. Smokey ale with chcolate and some red berries.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4504) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle from web SB cons 2014-12-12 Göteborg AR: caramel, smoked sausages, wee nutty AP: dark brown reddish/yellow rim, stouthy cream brown steady head F: round body, wee thai vanilla, wee bubbly carbonation, dark chocolate, coffey - nice brew! Marcus: 3,0

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours an orangeish brown-to-black with a resilient beige head. Aroma is roast, coffeeish, spicy and sweet. Flavor is toasty, coffee, dry, spicy (coriander, pepper, nutmeg). Finish is dark coffee grains, very malty. Lingering smoke, alcohol warmth. Medium to full body, velvety mouthfeel, average to strong carbonation. Excellent.


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