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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: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haakonjo (22) - NORWAY - MAR 13, 2012
50ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Pours a dark, almost black colour, but with a slightly reddish hue. Pours imediately a huge head but settles fast as a small off-white head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffe, toffe, licorice. Taste is chocolate, nuts, roasty, slightly vanilla, licorice, raisin, butterscotch. Really nice velvety mouthfeel and it’s easy to drink. I’ve bought several bottles of this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (2033) - NORWAY - MAR 13, 2012
Bottle. Full brown body, medium tanned head. Roasty aroma with caramel, smoke. Taste is bittersweet with caramalt, several spices and a lightly hopped finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfredvik (1031) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2012
It is with a heavy heart that I take up my pen to write these the last words in which I shall ever record the singular gifts by which the beer "Farewell ale" was distinguished. This night the Norwegian broadcasting is showing the final episode of the magnificent BBC series "Sherlock". This episode is based upon the short story "The Final Problem", where Sir Arthur wants us to believe that *SPOILER ALERT* Holmes and Moriarty both die. Could there be a more fitting beer to drink while watching than a traditional "gravøl"? Anyway, the beer pours a beautiful dark brown body with a radiating red hue. The decent-sized light-brown head is long-lived and laces the glass pretty well. The intense aroma is roasted with bitter chocolate, coffee, rye bread, tar and tobacco, nicely balanced by brown sugar, sweet liquorice and dark fruits. Moderate+ sweet taste with a moderate to light bitter long-lasting dry finish. Powerful flavours that fit the aroma, but with a slightly more smoky feel, and the chocolate is hardly present at all. Surprisingly light body, medium carbonation. As I empty my glass of this very fine beer, poor Watson cries by the grave of his friend, while a living Sherlock watches from a distance. I guess this means that they’ll be making more episodes of "Sherlock", and I certainly hope that Haandbryggeriet will continue brewing the beer that I shall ever regard as the best funeral ale that I have ever tasted.
[50 cl bottle, batch 360, enjoyed 10 months after bottling/14 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Storo, Oslo]

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 27, 2012
Pours a clear and dark brown beer with a beige head. The aroma is malt, caramel, sweetness, notes of roasted and notes of smoke. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness. Overall an average beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Draught at TND: Aroma of malt, chocolate, slight smoke, slight toffee, light dark ripe fruit, ’old ale’ aroma, and a hint of alcohol. Poured very dark brown in color with a small, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, chocolate, roasting, smoke, yeast, slight smoked meat, and a hint of dough. Medium to full body. Dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, slight smoke, roast, slight smoked meat finish is dry. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2012
Bottle @ Odense Tasting, February 2012. Pours nearly black with a creamy beige head and lacings. Liquorice , vague roast and spices. Flavor is dark malty, spicy and has hints of smoke. Dry and slick. Warmth from alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11021) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
Very dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of licorice and dark caramel with spicy notes of coriander and pepper and a faint hint of leather. Sweet roasted malt flavour with spice and hints of smoke and leather

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (3540) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2012
2010 Vintage bottle @ home – bottled on 20.02.2010 / batch 262 – purchased @ Alvinne – dark wood brown with a slight red hue & a thick mocha head – smells of harshly roasted malts & grounded coffee, grainy ashes & dark fruits – taste is syrup, grounded coffee, harshly roasted malts, plums, prunes, ashes, sludgy ice coffee, bitter dark fruit syrup & roasted malt aftertaste – slick & creamy with soft carb, hit the spot alright

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2012
(500ml bottle, Batch 262) Pours a black body with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of anise, dates, roasted malt, molasses, toasted grain, cola, toffee, and marshmallow. Flavor of raisins, anise, caramel, roasted malt, and cola.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mezcalmannen (395) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2012
Very dark brown, almost black, a frothy tanned head. Malty and roasted aroma, some alcohols. Taste resembles a smoke beer at first, there’s a bit of that in the aroma as well. It is quite balanced, but the sweetness comes out on top. Finish is very pleasant and interesting, mostly sweet as well. Quite a creamy body. (Bottle)


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