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


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RATINGS: 336   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.

Rastacouere's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6137) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sturmthis (608) - Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2014
On draft. Dark brown color with beige head. Grape and smoke aroma. Taste is a lot like a white wine with that grape and some spices. Very different beer and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (2248) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Very lively bottle. Smokey ale with chcolate and some red berries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4481) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle from web SB cons 2014-12-12 Göteborg AR: caramel, smoked sausages, wee nutty AP: dark brown reddish/yellow rim, stouthy cream brown steady head F: round body, wee thai vanilla, wee bubbly carbonation, dark chocolate, coffey - nice brew! Marcus: 3,0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours an orangeish brown-to-black with a resilient beige head. Aroma is roast, coffeeish, spicy and sweet. Flavor is toasty, coffee, dry, spicy (coriander, pepper, nutmeg). Finish is dark coffee grains, very malty. Lingering smoke, alcohol warmth. Medium to full body, velvety mouthfeel, average to strong carbonation. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rebekka (1) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2014 does not count
God og fyldig øl med fin farge og skum. Trekk for tynn og kort ettersmak. Anbefales som en øl som kan nytes alene.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2747) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2014
Bottled. Pours deep brown with an average tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, smoke and some spice. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry, slightly bitter and with alcohol. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frode (308) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle 50 cl.
Clear dark brown, tan head. Nose of roasted malt, and a hint of julmust. Light sweet and bitter. Metallic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ozckr (271) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2014
cereal, citrus, golden, amber, hazy, cloudy, light sweetness, medium bitterness, light body, oily feel, lively,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2363) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2014
Very muddy brown, long lasting large tan head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet, malty, some chocolate and wood. Flavour is the same as the aroma, some earth. Bitter mouth, med body, moderate carbonation. Finishes malty, dirty, some alcohol. I like this, odd but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (4510) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Black pour under a bit of a foamy/fizzy light khaki head. Rich and deep malty tones of cocoa and spruce with some holiday herbal tones and a dark slightly roasted depth. The flavor is big and smokey, like a rich smoked ale but without any bacon tones, just deep black malt and smoke. Also a wee bitter flavor thats reminiscent of holiday spices and spruce tips. Rich and dark and bitter and smokey yet earthy cocoa tones throughout. Truly a Christmastime by fireplace beer.

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