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HaandBryggeriet Farewell Ale

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Formerly brewed at HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Traditional Ale
Drammen, Norway

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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Bottle 500ml at the Courthouse. Great old ale. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, toffee, oak, and hints of butter and alcohol. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness and very long length. Palate is syrupy and full bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2011
Great beer. Almost drinks like a miny RIS with heavy duty peaty malts, a fruity confectionary edge on the nose and low carbination. I had opened this beer and could only return to drink it 3hrs later and had suffered nothing as a result. Some dense funky yeasty fruits too remind me of a dark strong German beer. (Bottled 8/2010)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (4544) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 15, 2011
(Bottle, 0.5 l - batch 283 - bottled on 20100607, at Gastropub Nordic, 20110915) The beer poured almost black. Its head was medium sized and light brown. Aroma had smoke, chocolate and roasted malts. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, caramell, hops and bitterness. Aftertaste was almost ashy and lightly bitter. Nice tasty beer without extreme components.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1010) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours an opaque, stout-like black, with a medium, frothy tan head, which lasts quite well. The nose, too, is a little stout-like, with some light milk chocolate notes set against rye toast and some herbal aromas. A mild briny taste introduces the beer, leading into very mild peppery hops and some bitter herbal notes. A smooth, dark and rich body has milk chocolate and toasted rye, leading into a smooth, lingering roasty finish. This is quite a pleasant dark beer, very much akin to a dry stout. What sets it apart is its slightly morbid funerary purpose, which leads me to suggest that this beer could make a killing (pun absolutely intended) if marketed to emo kids - it pours as black as their twisted souls, tastes ever so slightly of their bitter tears and is meant to be consumed at funerals. Silliness aside, however, this is a good solid brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (3499) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - AUG 14, 2011
Gusher... Bold dark brown body with tan creamy head. Toffee apple, Belgian yeast, cane sugar and butter cookies. Taste offers a candy like sweetness at first, but I do like it. Some pine hops come into play later on to give a little complexity. Warming ale, much like a Belgian dubbel but more about drinkability. Worst quality label print i?ve ever seen on a beer... (50cl bottle, 5,50 EUR)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (7386) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle 500ml (Batch #300) @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt and licorice. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long licorice finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (3334) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2011
500ml bottle. Big dark looking brew with a lot of foam, tan and thick. Aromas are smokey and burnt malt with a bit of cigar smoke aslo mixed in. The flavour is intense and there is a creaminess in the mouth. You can feel the alcohol on the palate and there is a slight alcohol burn on the throat.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2011
Bottled. Very deep brown colour with a mediumsized beigeish brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, some chocolate, mild coffee, dark berries and yeast. Flavour is roasted malts, some nuttyness, mild spices, some alcohol as well as mild yeasty notes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Draft at Farmers’ Cabinet. Pours a very dark brown that’s almost black and nearly opaque with faint mahogany edges and a frothy two finger light beige head. Good retention slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves spots of lacing behind. Sligtly smoky aroma with roasted malt, earthy hops and subtle vegetal presence. Hints of chocolate and coffee but mostly earthy/vegetal smelling wih subtle spice. Medium bodied but fuller than expected with some roasted malt, earthy hop, zesty spice and nut. Slightly roasted with a earthy vegetal feel mixed with dry, bitter, earthy hops, sweet malt and boozy alcohol. Sweet yet dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8127) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2012 Re-rate December 11th 2012. Dark brown color with a nice red glow coming through, small beige head. Smell malts, some coffee, slightly herbs, slightly hops. Taste malts, dark malts, lightly roasty, light to moderately coffee. Decent body and carbonation. Original rating: 9-4-8-5-17.


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