Rastacouere (6142) - Montreal, Quebec, - OCT 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A bit of a gusher upon opening uncapping. A large beige tower remains atop the dark chesnut pour forever. Tartish, whether voluntarily or not, gently smokey, very nutty, a bit burnt ale with a leafy, iodine touched late palate bearing the softest bitterness for a beer of its magnitude. Going a bit everywhere after its smooth, silky and neat Marris Otter mouth entrance. Brown flavours quickly follow, being pushed around by agressive bubbliness which destroy the winter warmer aspirations. While the carbonation contributes to drying the caramel touches out, the gentle acidity feels a bit out of context without any fruitiness to lie unto. For my money, this was fairly under average for Haandbryggeriet. The uncontrolled carbonation, sludgey bottom and flavors that go in every direction felt a bit chaotic rather than their usual controlled, rational folly.
anders37 (17904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and spicy caramel aroma. Roasted malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty spicy caramel and chocolate finish.
Turtles (19) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of cloves, pine needles. The taste is complex, full-bodied, slightly smoky, spicy, root beer, juniper berries, coffee, dark syrup. Feel like Santa Claus himself has concocted and mixed a recipe of different beer styles, a Christmas tree and Christmas candy. Minimal bitterness and very little sweetness that still gives a pleasant concealed taste of sweetness. Heats up the dark winter night and give me proper Christmas spirit!
Florya (392) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
How: Bottle Appearance: dark brown, small head Aroma: coffee, chocolate, wood, spice, Palate: medium to full body , average carbonation
SamTheBarrel (509) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml brown bottle, label picturing an old-timey santa, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is brownish black with a large khaki colored thick foamy head, that when settled left a little lacing on the glass. Aroma of molasses, dark bread and roasted malts. Flavours of molasses, raisins, caramel, dark bread, roasted malts, a hint of spices and dark chocolate. Taste is medium-heavy sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full bodied, syrupy texture and medium carbonation. HaandBryggeriet Bestefar is strong and sweet, similar to an Imperial Stout. Not a beer that I would serve on a traditional Nordic Christmas dinner table, but as a couch sipper beer it is fine.
penstemon (168) - - JAN 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Foamed over when opened, probably from bottle conditioning. Pours super dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is of sweet dark malts, spice cake, dried plum, a bit of roast and smoke, coffee, tobacco and slight apple. Taste is brown bread, dried plum, raisin, warm spices, hint of smoke, bit of chocolate and char/roast, and molasses. Medium bitterness. Fizzy carbonation, medium body. Nice alcohol warmth. Starts sweet but finishes fairly dry. This was really nice and complex, I feel like I need to try more to really get a grasp on it but I enjoyed it all the same.
larsniclas (5783) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from Systembolaget
Black with a medium beige/orange head.
A bit sourish aroma with notes of wood and chocolate.
Dark roasts flavour with liquorice, tar and some sweet, dried fruits.
pilsnerrogge (2553) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a large, foamy head.
Malty, spicy aroma with hints of smoked ham and licorice.
Sweet and malty taste with hints of peat, toffee, licorice and some smoke. Bitter and somewhat boozy finish.
A bit hard to grasp; flavours takes all kinds of directions.
Foffern (1327) - Bodø, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Over one year old. Pours a deep brown to black color with a light brown, big head that fades fairly fast. Roasted aroma of chocolate truffles, ash, coffee, smoke, forest and rubber. The flavor has even more of it all; ash, camp fire, coffee and very dark chocolate. Has a silky and slick mouth feel. An incredibly aromatic and tasteful ale with lots of roasted malt, chocolate and camp fire joy. Fantastic and well balanced.
Nordcore (1063) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 50cl. Black with a medium light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and dark fruits. Medium bittersweet, light sweet with a nice chocolate and roasted end.
BeerSkull (1325) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle). Sweet, tangy and fruity nose with aromas of chocolate and dark roasted malt. Big taste of sweet chocolate and with hints of fruit and roasted malt. Extremely bubbly carbonated and way too sticky sweet for my taste.