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


on tap

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RATINGS: 276   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
Sampled on 4/2/2010. This Imperial Porter pours a eclipse black color, with a hint of ruby highlights from a 50cl bottle. Medium sized beige foamy head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, some herbs, a touch of wood and yes some Akevitt. A medium to full bodied Imperial Porter. The malts are chocolate, coffee and herbal. The hops are herbal and spicy. Nice balance. The Akevitt character is very evident and come out more as it warms. Interesting beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
abstractbeer (238) - NORWAY - APR 10, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2010 2010-04-10: 50cl bottle from Vinmonopolet, batch 247, the bottle has been left "in peace" for 2 weeks. Pours black as the night, with practically no head. The smell is fruity, with lots of dark caramel and a pinch of alcohol. The taste is a nice balance of sweet and bitter. In the aroma I find caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, malt, a pinch of alcohol and some plum and leather. It feels soft in the mouth, very little carbonization, slightly oily, quite full body and with a bitter, somewhat dry finish. I’ve got a couple more bottles of this, and one from an earlier batch - it’ll be interesting to see how they develop!

Update 2010-10-08: I finally opened the bottle of batch 225 I’ve had sitting in my beer "cellar" for 9 months now, since today is the birthday of my late father. This batch is said to be better than #247, or at least this one has carbonation. For the occation I’m listening to the show the Grateful Dead played on this date in 1984.
But let’s get to the beer: It pours a pitch black brew with a frothy, light brown head. We have CO2! Nose and aroma is pretty much as I remember #247 - freshly baked, slightly roasted bread, caramel, lots of coffee og hints of really dark chocolate. Slightly bitter, long-lasting aftertaste with a wonderful coffee-and-something-else-I-can’t-put-my-finger-on aroma. Some wood/oak in there too. The "akevitt"-taste is definitely there, though not coming straight in my face, it’s more like it’s just there, very well integrated into the beer. The 10 % abv is noticable all over the line, and feels very warming. This beer will good on cold Norwegian winter days! I just bought two bottles of the latest batch, 288, to save for those cold, dark, snowed in days.

Quick note on batch 288: Extremely sour!!!! Bad bottle? Too cold? This can’t be right. On the other hand, Haandbryggeriet has a reputation of being unreliable lately...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 4, 2010
50cl bottle. Dark brown with a small beige head. Spicy aroma with some licorice and oak, all over a solid malty, chocolate sweetness. The barrel character is very unique and refreshing, with an alcoholic bite that contains some herbal and woody spice. The base is solidly malty and chocolate oriented, with subtle hops and a creamy finish. I’s love to see what the akevitt that came out of the barrels tastes like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (12274) - 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 (3558) - 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 (6082) - 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 (11971) - 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 (2597) - 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.

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