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


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RATINGS: 387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

Rastacouere's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, - OCT 29, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lacho (52) - USA - MAY 24, 2016
Dark pour, thick foamy caramel colored head. Aromas of raisin and licorice. First taste is potent, with the alcohol level very subdued. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyF (719) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2016
Flaska från SB. Svart med ljusbrunt skum. Doft av choklad och hasselnötsglass. Kaffe med mjölk och choklad i smaken.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SvanteL (196) - SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2016
Batch 655 från 2013: Svart med brunt skum. Maltig doft med rostade toner, choklad, lakrits, läder, lite mörk torkar frukt och aningen rök. Även i smaken finns en lätt rökighet och stora rostade toner med choklad, kaffe och lakrits och lite pralinsötma. En mycket trevlig julöl, fyllig, smakrik och välbalanserad med den lilla rökigheten. Den har helt klart rundat till sig under lagringen, mums.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
djoeye (3150) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2015
Look; beige bigtop, ultra dark mahogany-cherry body. Aroma; roasted malts, tar, dust, attic, liquorice. Taste; roasted malts, liquorice, orange flavoured dark chocolate, tar, moon anise - finishes salty malty. Palate, good feel, smooth. Overall traditional ale, grandfather’s eve sipper? [50cl brown btl, 9%abv, BB14.10.17 #918, B@Vinmonopolet]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbertels (307) - NORWAY - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle. Nice brown colour and moderate head. Rich, rich and rich - and some bitterness. A real winterwarmer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (5032) - FINLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle. Dark. Soft roasty, dark fruity, ripe fruity, slight molassy, plummy, some chocolate, madeira-y, dark bready nose. Full bodied, good bitters, sweetness, spicy. Prety nice, stable, xnas ale. Spicy, dark fruity.

-- bb

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Poured into a perfect pint. Batch 490. 3.5 A: Black color. Three fingers of foamy tan head. Retention is pretty good, but just a short ring of lacing is left. 3.75 S: Wow, this is surprisingly dry. It’s a roasty, nutty dryness. Sprucey, pine sappiness. Chocolate and caramel. Quite pleasant. 3.25 T: Taste isn’t quite as good as the nose. Chocolate, an almost tangy caramel, and a light spiciness. Nuts, pine, and molasses. Not nearly as dry as the nose. Indeed it verges on sweet. It’s okay, but I’m not a huge fan of the tanginess. 3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. The big complaint here is that it’s quite sticky and causes some amylase balling. 3.25 D: It’s okay, but it’s no Odin’s Tipple. ★ 739 characters DavoleBomb, Sep 03, 2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (4119) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - AUG 17, 2015
Pours brown to black with a beige head, aroma of chocolate, caramel, roasted, flavor is slightly smoked, caramel, cocoa, burnt bread, medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2600) - Varberg, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2015
Flaska. Brun öl med ett medelstort beigt skum. Dofter av lakrits, hasselnöt, rosta malt och choklad. Smakinslag av trä, röda bär, rostad malt, örter och choklad. Aningen syrlig i avslutningen. Medelkropp.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sparf (199) - 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.

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