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


on tap

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RATINGS: 271   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3483) - 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 (6037) - 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 (11942) - 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 (2560) - 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 (20742) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4802) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6219) - 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.

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