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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Traditional Ale
Drammen, Norway

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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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We make x-mas beers beers with the good old traditional flavour from the days when the old farm breweries made dark, hearty, earthy beers with lots of x-masy flavours. We make living beer, not pasteurized nor filtered. 7% alcohol, supplied in 50 cl bottles an d 30 liter kegs.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (4637) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 30, 2014
Appearance: Hazy deep dark and subtle red color with a tan head. Some lacing.
Aroma: Rich roasted, yeast, some spices and malty.
Palate: Medium + body. Tad sweet, and an ok bitterness. Average to soft carbonation.
Taste: Malty, bready, chocolate, some spices, yeast, roasted and mild peat.
Overall impression: I have had better batches of this one. Maybe some storage would help. Complex, but seemed to be a bit unbalanced. Although an ok ale.
Personal stats: Bottle (batch #625) from Vinmonopolet in Sarpsborg, Norway.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (575) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 8, 2014
Color negro con reflejos caoba y espuma beige. Aromas de café y tostados, algo especiado. Densidad media en boca con sabor de tostados y café, final seco y amargo como de chocolate negro que dura hasta el regusto, también un toque de especias. Rica.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2220) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Draft. Deep brown body with a frothy, light brown head, lasting. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, spice, clove, nutmeg, basement, earthiness. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Some oxidation (getting past its prime), but not enough to mask the flavors. Lots of spices, but a nice, rich base.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jesperhammer (2926) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2014
14-FEB-2014, bottle @Ulkløbben meeting, @Michael. Dark, dark amber - almost Black but clear with lasting tan head. Aroma is roast and yeast. Somewhat dry’ish. Brett? Taste the same. A Little sweet, but mostly dry. Interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
k92488 (265) - NORWAY - FEB 9, 2014
Backlog fra Cardinals crazy juleølsmaking. Jeg ticket alle de øllene, men så at de da ikke kom med på Statistikk, så nå blir det sånn ca...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niekon (10) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 3, 2014
a light chocolaty aroma captured within the nose with the appearance of a dark brown ale with a light mocha-colored head. My pour was near the end of the keg so my pour needed a couple of minutes for the head to settle, but that left behind some nice lacing along the glass which disappeared slowly over time. Taking my first sip, I got that chocolate taste that I caught in here nose paired with a bit of coffee. As I passed it over my tongue I left a slight grittiness across the back of my teeth that would be sort of expected with a dark style such as with this beer. As I am sitting here slowly sipping and typing I am getting another note I didn’t notice initially... A slight smokiness within the beer that was not there at initial pour. Is this coming out as the beer starts to warm a bit? It’s not in the aroma though. Of all a pretty decent beer I would not mind having again, just not from the end of a keg. @provisionsmrkts #provisions101

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1362) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2014
500mL bottle. Batch #498. Total bottles: 2160. A murky mahogany pour with a thick khaki head. The aroma features plenty of cocoa, roasted coffee, grains, dark chocolate, anise, and very light ash. Goes down thin to medium-bodied, yet smooth. Light caramel, cocoa, and roasted coffee start things off taste-wise. Anise and some burnt graininess follows. Earthy. Bitter finish. A moderate amount of warming alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berntholer (943) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2014
quite dense yellow-beige head that disappears quickly and without lacing. coffee coloured. aroma of leather, roasted malt, yeast, slight metallic, spices, spruce, juniper, slight sweet. taste like aroma, slight spicy/peppery aftertaste bitter of roasted malts, coffee, lingers long. quite dense mouthfeel, medium carbonation. bottle 50 cl / bd aug-2012 / bbf aug-2015

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dcbeerslinger (28) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2014
For a beer of its flavor complexity, a bitter grass flavor stands out and distracts me from what is mostly a good beer. The body strikes me as a bit thin as well. I still kinda’ like the beer, but I prefer Bestefar.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Inbreak (2172) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 Old rating rerated 03.01.2014, 0,5l bottle (2012) @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly neutral, dark malts, roasted grain, burnt caramel, grass, chocolate, hay, hints of licorice. Taste is burnt grain, coffee, burnt caramel, ashtray, grass, cocoa, hay, hints of spices. Longlasting bitterness. Boring, just burnt roasted notes all the way. Far away from being as good as it used to be the first two or three years.


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