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


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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 (6161) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (4068) - 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 (2076) - 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 (178) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2445) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2015
Bottle. Heavy cereal, nutty and chocolate for the malt, light herbs for the hops, moderate dough for the yeast with toffee, alcohol, fig and tobacco in the background. Head is average to large, frothy to fizzy, tan with some slippery lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is dark brown. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet, acidic and bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily with a carbonation between lively and fizzy with silky and stick finish. A well balanced and beautifully crafted Traditional Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
axl (206) - Lund, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2015
2014 version, 500ml bottle, GUSHER! Black with two finger tan head. Aroma of chocolate, slightly sour smoke, leather and some tobacco. Bitter taste with initial smoke, chocolate, some very bitter coffee and alcohol. Kinda hard to put words on... Quite smooth, medium-lively prickly carbonation, warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (351) - POLAND - MAR 31, 2015
Piana średniej wielkości, drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, szybko opada do kożuszka, ładnie oblepia szkło. Barwa brązowa, nieprzejrzysta z czerwonymi refleksami. W aromacie ciekawe drewniane nuty, wędzony bukiem słód, likier czekoladowy, suszona żurawina. W smaku analogicznie, z tym że wędzonka jest przyjemna, lekko ogniskowo-kiełbaskowa, piwo dość agresywne, na początku słodkie, pełne, ziemiste, po chwili palone i likierowe, następnie dochodzą estry owocowe, wędzona śliwka i ziołowo-alkoholowa goryczka na finiszu. W afterteasie kakao, świeża kawa mielona, prażone ziarno i długi posmak alkoholu, whisky. Gdyby nie ten alkohol... może za kilka miesięcy było by idealne...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1743) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Pretty much the same as Nissefar, smoky, tobacco hints, pretty heavy on umami but also some molasses character. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (658) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
From a Norwegian trade with a redditor. Pours a a deep chestnut brown with a light mocha head which lingers around. Aroma is raisins and fresh hazelnuts. Taste is sweet milk chocolate, hazelnuts, red berries. This has a slight warmth to it which is pleasant. Full bodied and very rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3882) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015
(bottle - 500 ml) Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Caramel and malty aroma with some light fruits. Flavor is very sweet with lots of caramel and toffee malts. Smooth and sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Derbeth (498) - Kraków, POLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle, batch 582, brewed 08.03.13, expiry 08.03.15. Pitch black colour, brown rocky head that does not stay long. Aroma of coffee, old wood, truffle, a bit of ash. Quite much alcohol, but it’s ok. Light bitterness. Full body. Good, but lacks something to make it spectacular.

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