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


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RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2682) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle. heavy toasted cereal for the malt, light to moderate resin for the hops, light leather for the yeast, with notes of dried cherry, tar, vanilla and tobacco. Head is small, frothy, tan with fair lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, between oily and creamy with a soft carbonation. Perfect Old Ale standing in as a holiday ale. Great for the season’s weather, food, long nights, etc.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2015
1/29/2015. From bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Spicy, earthy aromas with chocolate and licorice. Robust and thick, spice, molasses, roasted malt. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fellebag (1364) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle 50cl. Medium light brown head. Dark brown color. Aroma is spruce shoots, gingerbread, hops, cloves, leather. Medium to thick body. Taste is quite sour with herbs and leather.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nogva (77) - NORWAY - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle from 09-2013. Pours a very deep redish brown with a thick tan head (excellent retention). Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and prunes(?) with a bit of tar, smoke and yeast. Medium body, thin texture, lively carbonation. Taste is burnt with malt, wood and coffee before moving towards leather and a bitter finish with pine and spices.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FinkBeer (15) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Unimpressive holiday ale, a lot of sediment distracting the appearance and a bit of smoke take away from what I look for in the nuttier Scandinavian style Christmas ales I've become accustomed to. Wanted to like it but the nose just doesn't finish and the finish doesn't close. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (8696) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle from Den Nordiske Ølhandel, Copenhagen - dark brown pour with beige head. Medium roasted and sweet malty aroma and taste, some caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, some herbal and spicy nuances in the finish. Interesting and enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
annunz123 (948) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Malty aroma with vanilla, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and alcohol. Flavor is rich and bittersweet, with chocolate, coffee, and nuts. Roast coffee bitterness in the finish, with alcohol and licorice. I wish other companies would follow this lead for their holiday beer. Nothing gimmicky--just a really, really good traditional beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2014
From the 500ml bottle. Deep brown pour with a thick off white head. Big thick body with lots of roasted grain and caramel taste that is very well balanced. Aroma is much the same, lots of barley wine notes of light roasted grain, caramel and fruity notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tandembrauer (1216) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2016 Bottle at home. Pours black with big light beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol, caramel, vanilla, coal, dried dark fruits, liquorice, smoke. Taste sweet with roast-bitterness. Silky mouth-feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Peter_L (1244) - SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
Flaska från Oslo, tack frun! Mörkbrun vätska med lågt skum. Doftar av kryddor, bröd och frukt. Kryddig smak med tydlig chokladfond. Haand kan ibland vara egensinniga men denna överraskade positivt.

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