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


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RATINGS: 388   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009

Date: November 25, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Vintage: batch 38
Appearance: black, scant tan head with frothy edges, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet licorice and plum aroma
Body: body has low carbonation
Flavor: sweet dark chocolate flavor, sweet licorice, touch of roasted, dark caramel sweetness, light spicyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2009
500 mL bottle courtesy of BDR. Thanks Brad! Pours a very, very dark brown. Large head with decent head retention and lacing. Aroma is sour cherry, bandaids, spice and canned pineapple. Taste is sour with slight fruity notes, nutmeg and other spices, slight smoke. Full bodied. Definitely off but still drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2463) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2009
My label doesn’t quite look like this but it is definitely the christmas beer. Has a bit of a porter feel to it with some decent malt body and a cocoa chalky texture. Distinct chocolate aroma as well. Finish is pretty quick and light with a finish that is slightly bitter. Not the kind of hop bitter though, more like a bittersweet candy type of flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (3831) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Smell is malts, caramel, ok, coffee, and chocolate. Look is brown to black and has a tan head. Taste is roasty with malts, chocolate, malts, and coffee. All right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11929) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2009
(500ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, light smoke, nuts, raisins, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, plum, raisins, and light chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4772) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. black pour with a khaki layer of rocky froth. nose is of roasted malts, chocolate and fruits. wow that’s pretty tasty. nice flavor of chocolate, roasted malts and some fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2009
(50cl bottle, thanks Shadrach) Small tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, raisin, roast, some dark chocolate, anise. Taste is medium sweet, plum, roast, dark chocolate. Medium body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2843) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Bottle from State Line. The pour was very porter-like, slow smooht developing and steady (good retention) choco-colored head on top of a full brown-black body. The aroma was all roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate, fruity/vinous touches. The flavor followed the aroma, roasty bitterness keeping this thing pretty balanced. A full porter if you ask me, would have been interesting with a spice or two? The mouthfeel was smooth and silky. Decent stuff within a style (I’m thinking porter/brown ale when I say that) that is pretty much boring the heck out of me lately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3154) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is very earthy and coffee with some anise and dark fruit. Flavor is very much roasted malts with some caramel covered fruit. Heavy at times but also very drinkable this one is a tasty treat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2009
500ml Bottle (Batch 169): Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, and a slight tart acidity. Poured dark brown with a hint a ruby in color and a small, bubbly brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly tart. Tastes of malts, coffee, chocolate, roasting, sour mix, and some yeast. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Sweet and sour chocolate malt and acid finish.

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