tfredvik (630) - Oslo, - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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]
Glouglouburp (5572) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A rich no style brown beer offering a large array of flavor elements. Good beer.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed soon after receiving through private importation, months before expiration date but already more than one year after bottling date.
The look: Cloudy dark burgundy-brown body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention.
In long: Nose is toasted, freshly roasted hazelnuts, tree bark, some green stuff (green plants, green hops). Taste has a rich creamy maltiness, mixed-nuts, a thick slice of rye bread, caramel, red fruits, brown bread crust, forest floor, strong yeast presence, a hint of smoke. A nice ‘green’ bitterness (herbal, green pine-needles). Alcohol is a bit more apparent than it should be. Thick fluffy body, lively carbonation, overall Belgian abbey style mouthfeel. This is not simply a Brown Ale on steroids, this is a no-style original beer of brown color. Drinkability is not super-high but a single bottle is quite enjoyable. And I am warning you, do no read what is following the vertical bars ok, so you are still reading, you are a rebel, I like you already, let’s hang out.
Lilja (955) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smak och doft av choklad, torkad frukt, karamell, kaffe. Lagom söt och välbalanserad. Lättsam beska.
olio (4093) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20101222.
Pours murky amber color with a small head. Aroma of ripe fruits, toffee, toast and bready malts. Flavor of malts, caramel, ripe fruits and licorice notes.
allanbowers (93) - melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours jet black with not a lot of head.
Despite the 7.5% strength this is quite a light beer. This isnt the maltiest stout that I have ever drank.
Still pretty good. Not the most exciting beer, though still head and shoulders above the standard.
Bragesnak (4646) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Voldby, DK.
Brown with beige head. Aroma of malt and smoke. Flavour with some roasted malt and more smoke.
Idiosynkrasie (1848) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Darkest brown colour with small to average, firm, frothy, fairly lasting, tan head. Smokey aroma reminds of barbecue, cautious hints of dry fruit parings. Taste is minimally to moderately sweet dark malty, has an explicit smoke note, hints of dark chocolate and dark fruit, plum, blackcurrant; lively carbonation.
Vignale (1373) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från Demolens webshop. Drucken vid norgeprovning. Ett öl någonstans mellan old ale/lätt porter. Fin doft av rostad malt, sött mörkt bröd, milt syrligt kaffe och torkad mörk frukt. Smaken går i samma stil, lätt kropp, ganska söt, rund och len. Fina dofter och smaker men kanske inte jättespännande.
TET (1099) - FINLAND - MAR 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lively beer, a part come out of bottle before I find glass. Dark mahongy beer with a medium, dense, yellowbrown head. Aroma of roastiness, some smoke, pine needles, dark fruits and some sourness. Interesting and unique aroma. Taste is quite similar than aroma, some smoke, dark fruits, hint of sourness, wood and pine needles. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, smooth and enjoyable to drink. The very unique beer as many others from Haanbryggeriet, harsh and earthy beer, I like this.
SlackerMads (530) - DENMARK - FEB 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle batch 453 came gushing out of the bottle into my lap and onto the floor. Clear dark seal brown with a minimal light brown head. Aroma is light campfire, dark chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, wood, bark, light fruit esters. Taste is medium+ sweet, medium bitter and light salty. Medium body, oily texture, medium carbonation; seems it settled a bit after it found it’s way to the glass. Smooth and light salty licorice finish with some light smoke. After I changed my pants and cleaned the floor I found this to be pretty nice to sip on.
LarsEngen (277) - Sandvika, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle from vinmonopolet Vika. Batch 360. Pours dark brown with a large sparkling foam that leaves quite quickly. Aroma of dark dark coffee, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Taste is very dark burnt coffee. Pme cool ale with a lot of traditions in Norway. Very easy to drink and well hidden alcohol.