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

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RATINGS: 326   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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3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The Etruscan (544) - Tuscany, - SEP 9, 2013
Dark beige head. Black colour.. Aroma is malty with fruity light raisins and light coffee tones. Flavor is malty, fruity (date and fig) and light berry tones, ending in a fruity and moderately roasty finish. Medium bodied.


3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oysteib (84) - NORWAY - NOV 16, 2014
From bottle. Dark brown colour, nearly black. Big foamy head. Coffee and liqorice, nicely balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lillmuffin (89) - Haugesund, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2014
Bougth at @ Apollon in Bergen. Beautifull appearance. Black with beige head. Smells like pork, meat and coffee. This is the best christmas beer i have tasted. So far

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ERB92 (363) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2014
Coffee, chocolate, nuts, licorice, wood and smoke in the aroma. Almost black with a tan head. Medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Medium to full body with a average carbonation. Overall a really enjoyable ale, rich in flavour and well hidden alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleksander9 (501) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 3, 2014
Dark brown with nice head. Aroma is toffee, licorice, coffee and spice. Slick and thick palate. Aftertaste is toffee, dark chocolate, some floral notes and prunes. Overall: Very nice. Sip-and-chill.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gandalf39 (54) - - NOV 1, 2014
oeuil: mousse brune épaisse comme de la meringue arome: cacao bouche: cacao C’est simplet mais agréable!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4948) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle - I know this is probably a year old at this point, but when I found it discounted at 3 bucks a bottle I couldn’t say no - besides, I figured this probably held up well, and despite the bottle gushing when I opened it, it really has - black pour, fluffy carbonation in the head - nose is leather, smoke, prune, tamarind, charred wood, licorice, along with a slight savory/meaty character - slick mouthfeel - medium sweet and spicy front end, like dark chocolate and licorice root - smoke and prune - a savory umami quality late to cut the sweetness - some alcohol warmth on the tail end - very tasty, even with the age on it - the mild oxidation actually adds an interesting depth to the finish - very much enjoying this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nilsas (1620) - Bryne, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2014 Vi testet Batch 447 og 493 samtidig. 447: God duft av røyk, kaffe, lakris. Dyp sort farge. Tynt lag skum. God smak av kaffe, lakris og noe vanilje. 747414 493: Sur duft av røyk og svette. Dyp sort farge. Tynt dekende brunt skum. Smak av kaffe, lakris og noe vanilje. Noe mer syrlig. 727414 Et artig eksperiment som også viste at der er forskjeller fra batch til batch..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogniskowicz (146) - POLAND - OCT 22, 2014
Aromat: wędzone słody, skórka ciemnego chleba, gorzka czekolada, ziołowy aromat chmielu Wygląd: ciemnobrązowe z niewielką, ale trwałą pianą Smak: wędzone akcenty zrównoważone słodową bazą o smaku gorzkiej czeklady, średnia ziołowa goryczka, lekki posmak sosu sojowego, wysycenie średnie, całość ciekawa, przemyślana i pijalna. Alkohol grzejący dopiero w żołądku.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2458) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2014
Tasting from April 2014.
At cellar temperature and into a shallow chalice. Deepest, midnight brown and hazy with very fine and sparse carbonation. Small tannish foam off the pour depletes to just a ring on the meniscus. Rolling it around it cedes legs like that of a tawny port. Nose is bountiful, laden with smoke, rich and deep and hinting at Belgian chocolate, charred dark berries, raisins, muscatels, twiggy bark, fresh strapped leather, marzipan and aniseed - ooooooh yeah!
Unabashed dark fruit bitterness in back melds well with the dessert-like folds of chocolate upfront. Strong liquorice and black strap with a little kecap manis and umami, meaty notes. Light, spritzy effervescence on the tip of the tongue, silky and rounded from there on with an oily, heated finish. A touch of ash and smoke lingers long but it is the fruit of this one that is so pronounced. Port-like and vinous as it warms further. This is a long, slow sipper. Absolutely delicious. Another smasher from this brewery!! (50cL, Batch 447, BB 17/02/19, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (1046) - oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 25, 2014
Botella de 50 cl se 1420, en llamas en el momento el 26-08-2014. lote 582 de 08-03-2013 hasta 08-03-2015. color negro intenso con bastante espuma de color oscuro. Aromas carbónicos con maltas nórdicas y cereales tostadas y especias. Cuerpo medio con 9 vol bastante fácil de beber y con bastante presencia de gas. Sabores también de maltas y cereales nórdicos con toques ahumados y de carbones. Bastante buena ganando intensidad según va calentando.


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