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

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RATINGS: 432   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (20340) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Dark maroon color with a slight edge head, no real lacing to speak of. Aroma of a chocolate shake with fresh vanilla beans thrown in. Flavors follows the nose – chocolate milk and vanilla beans. Posses almost a thickness, so great marks for mouthfeel. Second best beer of New Year’s Eve 2009, this one is worth looking for.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottled. Pour is dark with some nice ass sediment. Fluffy body. Tastes like a foreign stout more than an old ale. Sour/tart flavors with roasty malty backing. Cash money dollar signs.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle. Dark black pour with little carbonation and a very sweet brown sugar and plum aroma. Flavor is light malts, dark and subtle blackberry, spices and finishes dry and slightly smokey. Very good, but not quite worth the $10 price tag in my opinion.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Thanks to Blake for bringing this! Poured near black with a well-retained tan head. The aroma picked up sweet chocolate and coffee backed by sour smoke and lesser sprucey notes.. warm spices and a hit of licorice showed with warmth. The flavor found burnt black patent and chocolate maltage at the core with plenty of smoke laced throughout.. tart vinegar and oaky character on the back.. quite tasty. Medium-bodied on the palate with grainy sugars that balanced well against the sourness.. warm and inviting.. solid brew!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Pours to a pitch black body with a tan head. The aroma is cocoa powder with a light smoke, juniper, and spruce needles. The flavor has a heavy cocoa powder, juniper, spruce, and smoked malts. Very well balanced. The palate has a light tang with a medium body and subtle carbonation. Very smooth and tasty!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7214) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Bottle (batch 611). Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, chocolate), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of juniper, anise, nutmeg, clove. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A seemingly fresh bottle at last. Still not a huge fan of this, as it relies relatively heavily on spices, but it’s quite pleasant with no weak points. Very nice mouthfeel especially.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (7721) - ITALY - DEC 26, 2009
scura buona schiuma piuttosto persitente naso tostato liquitrizia anche un po floreale agrumato lupolatoanche in bocca corppo discreto tornano gli aromi delnaso

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Twas the night before Christmas and the wife and I put on pajamas that were not matching despite the month long plea from my wife. We put the little one to bed and threw Christmas Vacation on the tube. Popped open a bottle of Nissefar and my senses were amused. A woody aroma with chocolate and spice. This was good but the flavor twice as nice. smooth and complex with nice body to boot, tobacco and dark fruits light soy in the caboose. Time to wrap presents and learn from my mentor Clark. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Holiday ale or not, this one is a decent beer. Pours near opaque black, perhaps very dark brown with light tan head that is rather thick. Nose has a chocolate-whoppers candy sweetness to it. On the palate there’s more dark chocolate coffee goodness with enough hops to balance it out so it’s not overly sweet. Rather easy drinking for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Poured dark brown, CO2, oxidized, cola, roasted malts, dark fruits, caramel, little spice.


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