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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Imperial/Strong Porter
Drammen, Norway
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Norsk: De gamle norske gårdsbryggeriene laget mørke, kraftige og fyldige øl, som denne klassiske porteren, til alle høytidsfeiringer som jul, bryllup, begravelser, dåp og lignende.

English: The old farm breweries of Norway made special beer- dark, hearty, earthy beer like this classic porter - for weddings, christenings, funerals or any occasion at all.

Aged in Akevitt barrels.

Editor’s note: ABV fluctuates. Formerly known as Akevitt Porter.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (933) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Tried at Stone’s Oakquinox 2010. Pours black with a small brown head. Grainy, roasty, spicy aroma. Flavor is very roasty and light sweet with some more spice. I guess Akevitt is usually made with spices like cumin and cardamon which seems to make its way into this brew. Good stuff. (59, 291)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8486) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2010
500ml bottle, batch 225, from Vinmonopolet. Dense, tan coloured head with lots of small dimples, slowly reduced to a tiny layer. Pitch black body with a hardly noticeable deep, rosewood shade. Fine aroma of earthy dark malts, joined by notes of anise and alcohol. Sweet and woody taste of dark malts, anise and roasted grain added by a touch of dark spices. Maybe there is a hint of Norwegian aquavit beneath it all. Developing dark fruits towards the ending. Dry mouthfeel. Nice sipper which did not quite fulfill my expectations (Tromsø, 02.05.2010).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6597) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2010
Bottle. Pitch black with a small tan head. The aroma is oak, chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon and coffee. The flavour is roasty with a sweet touch of the barrels, chocolate, light smoke and coffee. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8912) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
Pours tan tar. Tar nose. Tar chocolate mouth feel with a port wine finish. Very thick. Good beer. Rated 4/11/10

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
batch 225, pours a dense opaque brown with a good head. first off, im not sure what aqauvit actually tastes like, or even is, but it does lend a unique charchter to the beer. overdone or not, i can’t say without knowing the liquor better. my get tells me if anything it is a fine use of the barrel and maybe deserves even another 0.1-0.2 on the score. anyways, aroma is nice and pretty complex, roasty sweetness from the malts, oaky hints, and a light heat and almost floral finish from the barrels used and the alcohol content. the is a big alcohol presence in the palate and finish, def distracts from the taste, they captured that part of the spirit well! lol! its definately different, and these is a strangely nice interaction from the burn fading into a pleasing roasted chocolate porter aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14104) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 27, 2010
Bottle @ Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. Pours dark black with a small bubbly brown head on top. Nose is vinous and complex. Soy, oak, alcohol, Akevitt and coffee. Flavor is coffee, aquavit, oak, syrup and alcohol. Low carbonation. Medium bodied. Smooth and oily. Dry roasted end. The barrel thing works very well.The Akevitt profile is not exactly a favorite though!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2010
500 ml bottle from batch #225. This one pours a deep black color with just a hint of mahogany at the edge. The body is topped by a good sized, foamy tan colored head that shows great retention by hanging around for a few mintues and then leaves a swirl of lace behind. The aroma shows notes of dark and bitter sweet chocolate, roasted barley, and toasted caramel as the malt base. Some hints of espresso, vanilla laden oak, follwed by a boozy gin-like component round out the nose. The flavor follows with rich, dark chocolate, roasted barley and grains, and the toasted caramel malts. Notes of vanilla cream, earth, and anise shine through from the barrel with some alcohol heat from the gin like flavor. Full bodied with a smooth, silky mouthfeel with fine carbonation throughout and a nice warming finish to go with the roasted flavors. This is a really well done porter with a very interesting barrel. Excellent slow sipper and really good brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmrmwel (1058) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 22, 2010
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours dark, almost black, with an almost unnoticeable head. Good porter aroma, with a very distinct hint oak cask and akevitt. Malty taste of strong coffee, some roast and hints of burnt caramel and chocolate. The akevitt kicks in with a fresh sour taste of floral and light herbal impact, but not nearly so much as to overshadow the porter feeling.The palate of the beer is good, with a full body and pleasant, but although slightly watery, texture and almost missing carbonation. A good, surprisingly drinkable beer, but doesn’t really stand out either as a porter or a sour/seasonal beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - APR 19, 2010
A lot going on here. Some dark malts, roasted malts, sweetness, wood, bourbon and some must. A bit earthy with a touch of bitter malts and hops. Nice body and has some wood too. Smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2010
Rating #3700. Black color with a thin head. Aroma of chocolate, strong roasted barley and light anise. Lots of coffee, roasted barley and anise flavors. Light oakiness. Dry finish. Aquavit did not impact it nearly as much as I expected, which worked out great.


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