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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2478) - 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.

2.8
   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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20558) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25090) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4787) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2010
0.5 L bottle from Vinmonopolet. A finger of light brown, tiny bubbles, rapidly shrinking to thin layer of foam. Body is softly carbonated and opaque black. Gently sweet and roasted aroma, with chocolate, espresso, and some dark dried fruits. Also an acidic scent, quite yoghurty actually. Hints of wood and vanilla. Big body, roasted malty with warming alcohol. Some peppery notes, and also a fruity acidity is noticeable. Easy on the palate, both thick and smooth in the mouth. Rounded finish. Very good indeed, and less aquavit/barrel-accented than their previous (and extremely tasty) Aqua Vita Porter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6148) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 Bottle (Jul 2010 batch, 9.6% ABV). Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate/cocoa, caramel), with notes of paint/plastic, alcohol, smoke, earth/moss. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. A rather phenolic and tart batch, and fairly boozy (as before). Has its allure, but it’s too rough-edged.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1170) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Colour... black with a thick tan head. Nose... sweet, fresh and woody. Palate... gentle CO2, wood, light bonfire smoke, sweet malt, allspice, quite coating with a boozy back palate and a semi-dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3732) - - FEB 26, 2010
bottle. batch 225. bottled 9/15/09. black with a loud, fizzy brown head. a robust chocolate roasted malt aroma with a whiff of grainy light colored booze. flavor really brings out a rich espresso flavor that lingers a long time. a good bit of toasted nuts, cookie, bready malt for balance. medium bodied and very warming...but that’s just the porter. the "aquavit" is somewhat difficult to notice except for a burning aftertaste. apparently it relies heavy on caraway seeds. there is a noticeable boozy finish to this beer that is not in any way barrel influenced. so the aquavit really doesn’t make much of an appearance. an interesting attempt but not really working. the porter by itself is good enough for me and would score much higher that way.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RuneStumo (2158) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2010
26.02.2010, 0,5l Bottle. Batch 225. Black colour with dark brown, almost black head! Very intense dark beer. Aroma is rich with dark roasted malts, fruit and spices. Very nice bitterness that goes very vell to the rich maltyness. This is truly a really nice and vell balanced porter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Bottle. Blackish beer with a brown head. Chocolate and light roast aroma. Chocolate and roast flavor with coffee, oak, and some spirits. Medium-plus bodied. Chocolate and light roast lingers with spirits and barrel notes and a light fruitiness.


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