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

bottled
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RATINGS: 306   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (1823) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Near black pour with a 3 finger, creamy tan-orange head that has great retention. Aroma of nuts, pine, chocolate, dark fruit, earth and sweet tobacco. Flavor has chocolate, juniper, char, pine bark, acidic spice, hints of green wood, bready and fruity yeast, grass and walnut skins. Medium, slick, slightly acidic feel with a light, but blanketing and sharp carbonaiton and off dry finish. Good stuff, I would really be interested to know more about the "Traditional" style that this is based on.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andregoncalves (1088) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 14, 2014
On tap at Barcelona Beer Festival 2014. Dark dark brown and red color. Thin beige head. Low carbonation. High bitterness and sweetness. Rye, cereal, wine, wood.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doghair (241) - Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2014
Smoky malty aroma. Almost black in color. At first it was a little sour but then you get more roasted malt. Deep roasted malt is the star here. The absence of sweetness is unique. Different but really good. Wish I had another.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RuneStumo (2129) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2014
25.03.2014. 0,5l Bottle. Vinmonopolet, Haugesund. Black colour with dark off-white head. Aroma is rich with notes of smoke and roasted dark malts. Very rich beer with very firm and good flavours of dark malts. Almost everythnig is nice and very well balanced. Moderate sweetness, that goes perfect to the alcohol strength, the smokyness and the dark malts. Thick oily mouthfeel, Very good texture. Aftertaste is bitter with flavours of everything mentioned before. OMG this is a good beer!!!!!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TyggaBrown (373) - NORWAY - MAR 19, 2014
Fantastic xmas brew. Tasty, full bodied, bitter, heavy and spicy. Traditional with coffee and nutty tastes and aromas, but also well balanced and characteristic.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krumbum (402) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Darkness and so alive it started escaping the bottle when i turned my head after opening. Smells of a dark rich sweetness. A smooth full body rich chocolate with a sweet coal finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wischylini (107) - Grimstad, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2014
Pours dark brown with a big, frothy, tan head, that disappears into a thin film quite fast. Aromas are blackcurrants, dried fruits, earth, and nuts, there’s some alcohol aromas too. The taste is moderately sweet, and, not quite bitter, but rather astringent, as from patent malt-derived tannins. The body is medium, and the carbonation is lively, the aftertaste is long and mild compared to the somewhat harsh taste and aromas. This is definitely not a bad beer per se, but it can be a bit overwhelming with it’s harsh aromas and tannic taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (982) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
Pours a dark rown with a medium offwhite/beige head that leaves good lacing. Aromas of roasted nuts, fruits and spices. Taste is not too sweet and full of nutty flavors. Chocolate and some green hops flavors are also present. This feels like a porter, really. Body is medium-full, mouthfeel airy and smooth. Alcohol is quite apparent in taste but as of now (1/3 of the bottle) it isn’t disturbing. This is a damn fine beer I must say!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyBudgie (606) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2014
Dark brown head with large brown head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Flavour is pines, eatrhy, cocolate, roasted malts and a smoky hint. A nice one but not better than the 2012

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fellebag (624) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle 50cl. Brown head diminishing. Clear dark brown oaky color. Aroma is a package plus. Coffee, heated sugar, wood, dark chocolate, berries, licorice, rum cake and so on. Taste is less and not up there like aroma. Raisins, berries, sugar and cookies. Flavoured with coffee and chocolate.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
k92488 (164) - NORWAY - FEB 9, 2014
Backlog fra Ticks Jeg ticket alle de øllene, men så at de da ikke kom med på Statistikk, så nå blir det sånn ca... Etter best evne...


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