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


on tap

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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Majek (515) - Ząbki, POLAND - JUL 14, 2014
Pitch black colour. Quite big and dense beige head. Intensive aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, liquorice, burnt wood and minimal warming alcohol (similar to hooch note) on background. Taste is complex too. Full of roasted note, chocolate flavour, peaty and woody (beer is aged in barrel). Over the medium sweetness with minimal bitterness and medium sourness. Low to medium carbonation. Full body. Rich, well brewed beer. Fantastic one for tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sirsledz (16) - POLAND - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle, batch 602.Very interesting beer. In aroma roasty tones, woody, little bit of vanilla. In taste also roasty tones, alcohol is perceptible, but in a noble way, notes of cherry, porto etc. This beer is oak aged, taste of barrels is delicate, not so strong. Barrels doesn’t dominate the taste, it’s a good complement. Carbonization is little to high.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgajdaczewa (1033) - Katowice, POLAND - JUN 9, 2014
W aromacie nuty kawy zbożowej, gorzkiej czekolady, ale i przebijający się alkohol. W smaku jest go także sporo, jest bardzo gęste, wyraźnie czekoladowe, lekka kawa zbożowa. Leżakowania w beczce nie wyczuwam. Smaczne, choć bez szału.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomekk1978 (998) - Ząbki, POLAND - MAY 29, 2014
Barwa: czarna, nieprzejrzysta. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, obfita, utrzymująca się i ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Aromat: ciemne słody, czekolada, lekka kawa, jakby owies, i nuty bimbrowo - alkoholowe (w pozytywnym znaczeniu). Interesujący. Smak: pełny, słodowy, słodki. Następnie nieco bardziej wytrawna kontra, czekolada gorzka, kawa, nieco paloności i wyraźnie alkoholowy finisz. Następne piwo z norweskiego browaru HaandBryggeriet, przywiezione z Krakowa. Jest to porter imperialny leżakowany w beczkach po okowicie, spożywanej tradycyjnie w Norwegii w okresie świąt. Barwa jest świetna, a piana jeszcze lepsza, bowiem pozostaje do samego końca i świetnie oblepia szkło. Aromat intensywny, typowy dla porterów, wzbogacony o nuty mocnych alkoholi. W smaku podobnie, czekolada, kawa i zdecydowana alkoholowość, ale w przyjemnym znaczeniu. Piwo zdecydowanie nie jest płaskie, a raczej konkretne i złożone. Tego brakowało mi w degustowanych ostatnio imperialnych porterach. Tej staranności, dbałości o szczegóły i tej kropki nad i... Zdecydowanie warto, choć w takiej cenie raczej tylko w Krakowie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EvanFriend (442) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Roasty, chocolate porter with a boozy end/aftertaste that must be aquavit (which I’ve never had). Pretty good stuff. And this was bottled as Barrel Aged Porter, the label was beautiful as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1890) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2014
50cl bottle from Sonoma Cellars. Pours inky black with a foamy root beer ice head. Nice spots of lace. Aroma has molasses, chocolate, caramel, and coffee, with hints of grape. Taste is of bakers chocolate, heavy roast, sweet caramelly malts, and molasse, with a hint of lactose. Full bodied. Finishes to the sweet side of bittersweet, but with depth. Interesting flavor blend and a very solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlainG (1615) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2014
Ce porter est plutôt foncé, plus que certains, ayant une mousse crémeuse qui la recouvre. On a l’impression de se retrouver dans le voisinage d’une brûlerie à café. Il y a des arômes de grains grillés, de café au lait, ou encore de café-crème où l’on aurait rajouté un peu de Tia Maria ou de Bailey’s. Le café espagnol n’est pas trop loin en bouche, avec ses saveurs d’alcool qui réchauffe au passage tout en réconfortant. La bouche est remplie de chocolat noir. Une belle amertume nous imprègne le palais. C’est velouté, crémeux et empreint d’une bonne corpulence. Batch 602 Embouteillée le10-05-13 MA 10-05-16 (1032-100314)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5266) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a nice thick brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt with light dry roasted malt with some liquor notes. Taste is also a nice mix between some barrel-aged liquor notes with some black chocolate and some dry roasted malt notes. The barrel-aging is well balanced and cut some of the rough edges. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable beer and really enjoyed the spirit notes that came through this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Dark chocolate and prunes are anchored in roasted cereals, while portly residual sugars are licked by alcohol warmth in this very satisfying Barrel-Aged Porter.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam protects the pure darkness.
-The finish could be tighter. It’s heavily sweet and perhaps underhopped for its girth.
-The fruitiness helps drinkability.
-The body is rich and smooth. This is a fireside brew.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cory (372) - , California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
SFBW Sour Sunday 2014. Very dark with a tan head. Lots of smoke in the aroma from the clearly very well raosted malts. As the layers come forward there the dark chocolate and dried cherries show up. Taste is mostly sweet with some bitter notes. Great beer!

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