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


on tap

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RATINGS: 273   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11982) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2010
Bottle at the Publick House. Black, dark brown head that doesn’t last, but does leave slight lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee, milk chocolate. Taste is big roasted malt, subtle grappa in the middle, very subtle oak apparent only at the end. Interesting a complex, flavors are not overpowering. Well done!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Bottled 09-09. The pour is black with a tan, moderately full, fluffy head which settles slowly to a very small, frothy layer and almost no lace. The nose is very intriguing and woodsy; oak, maple wood, and light rustic make up the woodsy notes, light currant, milk and dark chocolate, molasses, light anise, wisps of alcohol, burnt caramel, and hints of some seed-like note (fennel?, caraway?). The flavor is much of the same; milk and dark chocolates are rich and prominent, molasses is still there, burnt caramel, faint anise, oak and maple wood remain, light coffee notes, and the seed note still faintly there. The palate is full, soft to lively, round, velvety, and mildly warming. The finish keeps a less than moderate bitterness from the seed notes, the oak, and mild hop bitterness with other notes of milk chocolate, light anise, and burnt caramel. A bit of a surprise but a pleasant surprise. Great malt richness with the balance of other complementing notes (wood, seed notes, and mild hops). The alcohol presence was perfect and the seed notes, I assume from the Akevitt, were a nice complement to the beer. Exactly what I look fir in an imperial porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3509) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Mmm, -bal aging. I love it. Bottle from K&L I believe, shared by Sandstone on BA. Labeled as "barrel-aged porter." Pours darkest brown with a one-finger tan head and good lacing. Nice aroma, very roasty, along with wood and chocolate. I just love the aroma of -bals in the morning. Nothing like it. Flavor is very roasty and even ashy/charcoaly. Oaky barrel notes along with spices (caraway?) and a little booze. Grainy on the mouthfeel with medium-full body. Just a little boozy, which isn’t surprising for 10% ABV. Overall pretty solid. Good drinkability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010

Name: Barrel Aged Porter
Date: March 05, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: opaque dark brown, creamy tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet spicy chocolate aroma, lots of fruity sweetness, peppery spicyness, slight herbal quality
Body: creamy velvet body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, sweet caramel enrichens the chocolate, touch of dark fruits, light rich wood
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6068) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2011 Had during RBWG 2010. Huge chocolate in the aroma and flavor along with some sour, chocolate, oak, and much more. Re-rate at Sea Bass tasting, 1/15/11. Bottle thanks to SoLan! Relatively mild hot cocoa aroma filled with big chocolates and a nice chocolately BA flavor as well! Same number rating!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11955) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2010
(50cl bottle) Pours a black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, earth, and wood. Flavor of roasted malt, wood, and smoke with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2580) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2010
A very smooth, subtly doctored and easily drinkable barrel aged beer. Hints of wood and cocoa in the aroma. Nice chocolate malt smooth creamy texture with a touch of vanilla in the flavor. Brown head and a dark brown almost black pour. Thanks for sharing will.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
bottle pours dark brown with a dark tan head. Wood, earth and some smoke in the aroma. Peaty, metallic notes, and some off plastic flavors mixing with bakers chocolate and roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20861) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2010
Bottle at Nya Tröls, Malmö. Pitch black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma dominated by dark chocolate with notes if alcohol, snaps and dried fruits. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate, liquorice and dried fruits with notes of alcohol. Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2010
Bottle 50 cl. Pours an opaque dark brown with an orange hue and a beige head. Sweetish hard roasted malts and vanilla in the nose. Quite full-bodied, a little low in carbonation. Sweet notes of hard roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. The Akevitt accents are rather distinct and so is the wood. The finish has warming alcohol combined with some malt bitterness. Nice one! 090110

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