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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: 266   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 17, 2010
Umm....Wow. Pours a very dark espresso brpwn holds a one finger head that fades into a ring. Aroma of raisin, toast malt, chocolate. Taste is big with a grape/raisin tone melding with a coffee accented milk chocolate. The body is well balanced not too big not too small, even. The barrell aging offeref some wood notes too. Most impressive.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sigmund (4936) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2012 Rerate, 500 ml bottle, batch #446, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger, as HaandBryggeriet Fatlagret Porter (Aged in Akevitt oak barrels). ABV for this batch is 8.2%. Appearance: the same. impressive. Aroma: much the same, but with stronger vinous and vinegary notes this time. Flavour: also much the same, but not quite as rich mouthfeel and flavour as when the ABV was 10%. Still very good. Original rating: 500 ml bottle, batch #225, from Vinmonopolet. ABV is 10%. Pitch black colour, big to moderate tan head. Lovely roasty aroma, notes of coffee, leather, dark chocolate, dark dried fruits, some oaky and vinous notes. The flavour has plenty of malty sweetness and roastiness, notes of coffee and dark bitter chocolate, some oaky notes, with a firm hoppy and roasty bitterness in the finish. I might not be able to say that the oak cask previously had contained aquavit, if I did not know, but this is indeed one of the very best Norwegian beers I’ve had. Ever.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (1945) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2011 (*vintage 2009): Je la verse, c’est brun très sombre presque noir. Au nez c’est le bois trempé de whiskey, la vanille, chocolat et des notes florales assez distinctes, ça annonce une belle complexité. Dès la première gorgée on doit faire une pause devant les bénéfices évidents de l’age. La présence en bouche est malsaine, onctueuse, riche et les saveurs se transportent aisément. Tout ce qu’on perçoit au nez s’y retrouve accompagné d’un courant herbacé assez improbable dans ce genre de bière habituellement. Finition assez sèche.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maneliquor (2995) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Heavy black pour with a load of tanned bubbles forming a head. Sweet and spicey dark malts surround the nose with additions of oak, cocoa and slight dark fruits. I’ve never had Akevitt so can’t really comment on that aspect of the beer but whatever the barrels have done to this is sublime. Very balanced, especially for an oak aged beer. Flavours take on heavy wood and dark fruits with moderate to heavy sweetness from quite a high dose of cocoa powder. A touch of ash and liquorice on the finish. Creamy mouth feel and a long bitter finish. Fantastic stuff. I want more for a long time to come

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3546) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2012
Bedankt Belgbeergeek. 50 cl. fles gedeeld met Belgbeergeek & Sebletitje @ Belgian Ratebeer Winter Gathering of Ultimate Evil. Mijn eerste Akevitt BA, yay. Donker bruin, lichtjes zwart, mokka kraag. Ruikt naar zoete alcohol, zoetere, lichte melk, chocolade, mokka, cacao, heel zacht donker fruit. De basis bier is een heerlijke zoete porter van een prachtige brouwerij, de Akevitt geeft een interessante, alcoholische toets, die hier dan wel zeer aangenaam overkomt. Zoete melkchocolade, lichtjes verbrande mout, zoete mokka, lichte room, bitter chocolade toets, wat drop, zoetere koffie, de Akevitt geeft op het einde een aangename, alcoholische, witte sterke drank toets. Was lichter mondgevoel, gecompenseerd door wat romigheid. Een interessante rijping op vat.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2153) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Whoa, this is one heavenly beer, mmmmmm mm! Poured with a thick foamy frothy fluffy light brown head and a tiny bit of lace. Color is an opaque brownish black. Aroma is malt roast burnt sugar ( can’t smell some of other stuff as my snooter don’t work so well). Flavor is absolutely divine: Very rich traditionally classic sweet (but not overly so) porter. Body is thick full and round with the perfect carbonation - just enough fizz to balance the sweet fullness of the liquid. Very satifying. The Norwegians have given us another sublime product that easily goes with another that is near and dear the the hearts of us here in Wisconsin, the cheese slicer. Bravo to our brothers!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluejacket74 (1267) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2010
500 ml bottle, Batch #225, bottled 9/15/2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, dark fruit and some oak. It’s a mostly sweet and strong aroma. There’s a lot going on with the taste of this brew! I can taste roasted malt, licorice, caramel, smoke, oak, dark fruit, herbs, vanilla and chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s slick and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it’s smooth and just plain goes down easy. I think this is a very enjoyable brew, I’ve liked the other beers I’ve had from HaandBryggeriet in the past, and this one is likely the best one I’ve tried from them.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chuckaduck (624) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAR 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2013 Pours incredibly dark with a thick fomay brown-tan head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, fruit, and something I didn’t recognize that may be the Akevitt. Flavor was very nice; chocolatey, vanilla, coffe on the back end, creamy, fruity. Very mild and drinkable, delicious. Really nothing wrong with this beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2012
Deep brown pour. Reddish brown head. Cocoa, ash, espresso and roast. Nice ashy flavor, asphalt, chocolate, coffee. Nice stuff!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Panzuriel (1282) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Pours a rich black brown with a nice head of light brown bubbles. Nose is rich dark chocolate, molasses and raisins. Taste is dry, with a hint of roasted malt, chocolate and black coffee bitters on the finish. Body is silky and slightly lively. Very nice and rich finish.


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