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

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RATINGS: 391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5183) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Sampled from 500 ml bottle and shared by BDR. Pours a clear dark reddish amber brew with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of dark caramel malt, some pitted dark fruits, a touch of smoked scotch and dark cherries. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of red licorice, dark chocolate, some caramel, pitted dark fruits and some mild spice. Finish is semi-sweet with a light tropical fruit and dark caramel aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6648) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2009
Batch#98. Pours deep ruby brown with thin brownish head that becomes still very quickly. Aroma of strong dark fruits - dark cherries, plum - notes of chocolate, with light spicy / peppery nose. Taste is similar to aroma, with strong presence of dark fruits for a sugary mouthfeel. Light malts and chocolate with a light hoppy finish. Sbtle presence of cocoa and light bitter berries. The beer could have used some more carbonation. .

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Tasted 12/31/08. 500ml bottle. 2008 vintage. Deep dark red hue. Trace layer of beige head. Smokey and spicy aromas. Notesof anise and dark chocolate. Faint whisps of alcohol. Rather full bodied with a noticeable burn. Sticky flavors with hints of toffee and tart raspberries. Slight spice, but more so heat. Trace hop profile. Tasty.

2.8
   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

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (8503) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2533) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (3945) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4825) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11452) - 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.


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