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

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RATINGS: 307   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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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6107) - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andriesradu (401) - ROMANIA - APR 17, 2014
From tap @ BBF 2014. Pours dark red/brown with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, caramel, olives, reminds me more of a foreign stout than a traditional ale. Flavor is moderate bitter, roasted malt, light chocolate, olives. Bitter aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andregoncalves (1089) - 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 (242) - 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 (376) - 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 (985) - 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 (630) - 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.


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