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

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RATINGS: 375   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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4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3442) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
10 ounce sample at The Davis Beer Shoppe (several weeks ago). The aroma has some anise, chocolate, and roastiness. Light smoke, and lightly herbal as well. Almost rubbery with some pool-toys, though. Opaque black body with a creamy yellow-tan head and great head retention. Starts with some sweet cocoa flavors, before some herbal flavors come through in the middle. Juniper berries? Finishes really smooth, chocolatey, and herbal. Good stuff, that is really drinkable.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (155) - 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 (1682) - 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 (286) - 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 (3711) - 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 (422) - 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 (4413) - 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 (2918) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlazerT (133) - POLAND - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle. Black with medium, beige head. Medicore lacing. Poor lasting. Aroma of roasted malts (mainly milk chocolate) and tart dark fruits notes (cherries in chocolate), some sour wood. Taste is semi-sweet with quite noticable dark fruits flavours (rasins, currants). Light to medium bitterness esp. in the end. Medium to full body, semi-sweet, soft cabronation, oily texture, finish is quite bitter, no alcohol warmth. In general nice beer, despite high ABV no alc. noticable, highly drinkable with some nice sour accents.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UrbanCaveman (131) - Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2015
1 pint 9 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 45 degrees F. Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany brown, which doesn’t let much light through in an ordinarily-lit room. Forms a decent-sized pale tan head with good retention, though little to no lacing. Smell: That’s interesting. There’s more than a hint of some Belgian-esque yeast, with dark fruit and banana in the nose, atop a sweet malty backbone. There’s a just a faint hint of something musty beneath. This smells not unlike a quad, or BSDA. Taste: Sour springs forth instantly as it touches the tongue, a dry, acetic sour that reminds one of a balsamic vinegar. The sourness floats atop a richly sweet malt, which itself contains dark fruits - hints of plum and black cherry. Through the middle, tones of fireplace ashes and leaves appear and disappear. The finish leaves a touch of the balsamic vinegar, mingled with an almost soda-like sweetness and a trace of burnt wood. Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, almost sharp to drink, which the vinegar sourness plays off of. Overall: An interesting beer, definitely of a sort I have never encountered before - much like a Flanders Red or Oud Bruin meeting a quadrupel. I don’t know that I would repeat it, but it made for a fascinating experience.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (828) - ISRAEL - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Stas. Pours deep brown with a big bubbly head. Aroma of prunes, coffee, chocolate and smoke. Sweet with dried fruits, chocolate and cocoa flavors. Medium-bodied, well carbonated. Nice.


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