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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 262   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6031) - 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 (1114) - 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 (3661) - - 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 (2129) - 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 (6691) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2010
16.9 oz bottle, batch 225. Dark brown with a tan froth settling to crema. Nose is cocoa, espresso, marjoram and dusty oak. Medium body lightened by a mild sparkle. Taste is coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, caraway and juniper. Long dry finish allows the akevitt to emerge.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2010
50cl bottle. Batch 225, Total Bottles 2160, and Bottled 15.09.09. Poured a dark black color with a large sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, coffee, licorice, smoke, and some woody/oakiness. Tastes of chocolate, roast, wood, smoke, and some lighter caramel. Lighter alcohol in the finish (overall hidden).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berlinoise2go (586) - NORWAY - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle, 50cl, from Vinmonopolet, Moss. Batch 225 (BB 12.5.2011). Pitch black with an initial 2-inch beige head cracking up into large bubbles, settling to a thin film. Rich nose of nuts, tar, espresso, liquorice, aquavit. Taste is fairly sweet with some bitterness and tangyness - excellently balanced. Mouthfeel is silky/oily with moderate carbonation. Aroma of dark malt, smoked wood, pine and booze. First class winter warmer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1299) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2010
25 oz. bottle from Green’s on Ponce. Batch 225, Bottled 15/09/09. Poured this in a manner that it would produce head. Nice thin light-chocolate head sitting on top. Black opaque body; this beer is looking pretty good. Chocolate aroma is dominating. I am also getting a SUBTLE soy aroma. Roast is coming through as well, but I am not really getting much of that barrel aroma. Aroma is nuanced, but I wish I got a little more of that barrel in the aroma. Wood cuts through the flavor. The wood and roast compliment each other in an almost perfect way. Light milk flavor in there as well. The beer has an odd palate; it seems to be rich and creamy, but I am getting a kind of flat texture after letting it sit on the tongue for a second or so. Meh...on the texture. Other than the weak texture this is a very solid porter, without a doubt.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Bottle from Knightly. Pours a black color with a thin, short-lived tan head. Crushed coffee bean and nutty aroma. Taste is sharply roasty, initially has an almost coffee-like note, then moves on to an aggressive grainy alcoholic character that must be aquavit. The finish extends this character for a lengthy period. Tastes stronger than 10%, and for that its a sipper, but a very unique brew, can’t say I’ve tasted anything else like it.


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