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

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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fenrir (19) - Stavanger, - NOV 7, 2012
2012 edition (brewed 17.02.12) Highly carbonated (kinda a trademark for my experience with HaandBryggeriet) nice brown head(like thick soap) looking past the stinging carbonation its has a good malt sweetness, dark fruity flavours, a hint of resin and molassis, nutty aftertaste. If this hadent been as overcarbonated as it was it would be a almost perfect traditional Norwegian Juleøl ;) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sparf (175) - Östersund, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2015
Mycket trevlig, mustig doft med inslag av läder, plommon, pomeransskal och lite rök. Brusande flaska. Brygden är svart och helt ogenomskinlig. Skummet är förvånansvärt läskartat och kort, kanske beroende på åldern (brygd 19 september 2013, batch 655). Ganska söt brygd med en härligt kryddig attack. Därefter en rund karaktär av choklad, lakrits och lite alkohol. Eftersmaken har en lätt rökig touch och en behaglig, mjuk beska. Fyllig kropp och en väl tilltagen men inte omotiverad kolsyra.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2431) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2015
Bottle. Heavy cereal, nutty and chocolate for the malt, light herbs for the hops, moderate dough for the yeast with toffee, alcohol, fig and tobacco in the background. Head is average to large, frothy to fizzy, tan with some slippery lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is dark brown. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet, acidic and bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily with a carbonation between lively and fizzy with silky and stick finish. A well balanced and beautifully crafted Traditional Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axl (172) - Lund, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2015
2014 version, 500ml bottle, GUSHER! Black with two finger tan head. Aroma of chocolate, slightly sour smoke, leather and some tobacco. Bitter taste with initial smoke, chocolate, some very bitter coffee and alcohol. Kinda hard to put words on... Quite smooth, medium-lively prickly carbonation, warming alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (318) - POLAND - MAR 31, 2015
Piana średniej wielkości, drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, szybko opada do kożuszka, ładnie oblepia szkło. Barwa brązowa, nieprzejrzysta z czerwonymi refleksami. W aromacie ciekawe drewniane nuty, wędzony bukiem słód, likier czekoladowy, suszona żurawina. W smaku analogicznie, z tym że wędzonka jest przyjemna, lekko ogniskowo-kiełbaskowa, piwo dość agresywne, na początku słodkie, pełne, ziemiste, po chwili palone i likierowe, następnie dochodzą estry owocowe, wędzona śliwka i ziołowo-alkoholowa goryczka na finiszu. W afterteasie kakao, świeża kawa mielona, prażone ziarno i długi posmak alkoholu, whisky. Gdyby nie ten alkohol... może za kilka miesięcy było by idealne...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Pretty much the same as Nissefar, smoky, tobacco hints, pretty heavy on umami but also some molasses character. Nice beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (590) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
From a Norwegian trade with a redditor. Pours a a deep chestnut brown with a light mocha head which lingers around. Aroma is raisins and fresh hazelnuts. Taste is sweet milk chocolate, hazelnuts, red berries. This has a slight warmth to it which is pleasant. Full bodied and very rich.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3863) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015
(bottle - 500 ml) Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Caramel and malty aroma with some light fruits. Flavor is very sweet with lots of caramel and toffee malts. Smooth and sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Derbeth (480) - Kraków, POLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle, batch 582, brewed 08.03.13, expiry 08.03.15. Pitch black colour, brown rocky head that does not stay long. Aroma of coffee, old wood, truffle, a bit of ash. Quite much alcohol, but it’s ok. Light bitterness. Full body. Good, but lacks something to make it spectacular.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4829) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a huge off-white head. Guzzles when the bottle is opened.
Aroma: Malt, alcohol, liquorice, spices.
Body: Medium to full body, lively carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, chocolate, spices, liquorice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (3260) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 10, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Stas’s place. Thanks Stas. Very dark brown with dark cream head. Roast, mildly smoky, a little vanilla in the nose, deep bitterness, smoky, no-nonsense taste. Full body, a little roasted coffee bean aftertaste.


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