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

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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2008
In the bottle from Beertopia. I liked this because it started out very earthy and roasted, but finishes up with all the fruity and spicy holiday goodness. This seems more like a highly roasted stout than a porter, but the raisin and fig flavors pull this into a matrix ready for some unusual mild tartness and interesting spices.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Wow! If this beer is any indication, Norwegians really know their Christmas beers. Rich dark brown with pretty rose highlights and a smooth palate. Aroma reveals chocolate, roasted flavors and sweet fruit. Flavor is excellent and interesting - the flavors in the aroma all come through along with a peaty taste, and the fruit flavor seems like cherries or apricots. I had a moment where I thought I could taste in the beer a delicious bourbon fruit cake.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RuneStumo (2507) - Haugesund, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2008
27.12.2008, 0,5l Bottle. Batch 181. Brewed sep. 08, BB sep. 10. The colur is almost dark with a thin layer ov off-white creamy head. Aroma is malty, roasted and bitter hops?. I think it is very dry, bitter chocolate maybe. Strong dry aftertaste with bitterness. A rich beer with full body. Very nice

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Very dark brown body that is nearly black with a medium brown sugar colored head. The aroma is rich milk chocolate with lots of dark fruit like prunes. There is also a woody note. The taste has some strong prune notes along with some light notes of very bitter dark chocolate. Rich and fruity, this is like a liquid version of a chocolate covered prune. Interesting, if nothing else.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Poured from a 500ml bottle (Batch 169, brewed Aug. 08) and served in a snifter. This beer poured jet black with a few cola colored highlights near the edges and a thin head of bubbly, tan foam. Minimal lacing. The aroma consisted of roasted malts, bakers chocolate, and some slightly vinous dark fruits. The flavor included charred malts, chocolate covered cherries, plums, and a hint of underlying toffee. A nice, mellow roastiness lingers but is not bitter or overpowering. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and slick/oily. Light carbonation. An interesting Christmas brew. The flavor is a bit vinous and full of dark fruit, but it is also rich and malty.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Floback (547) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle from Knightly Spirits. Pours an opaque black color and a tan rim. Lacing is loose and spotty. A full aroma envelops with notes of dark fruits, subtle hops and coffee, chocolate, and soy sauce. Flavors are rich with toffee and coffee, more chocolate, subtle hints of cherry, plums, and other dark fruits. Superbly balanced malt presence here. Soft carbonation and full body. This beer achieves a refreshing quality despite the darkness in color and flavor; not an easy feat to do. An excellent all-around brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4722) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Black color with a thin head. Aroma of oak and sherry. Flavors of dark malts, piney hops and a bit of fruit. There is almost the start of some cherry funkiness. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Bottle. Thanks to juiceisloose. Aroma of milk chocolate. Tastes of milk chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and smoke. Slight bitter finish. One of the best Christmas beers I have had.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - DEC 16, 2008
The champion of my holiday beer tasting. Pours and tastes like an imperial porter. Brimming with dark fruit, milk cocoa, dry roast, and maple syrup with an awesome label to boot. This beer is magic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1570) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle shared by robert at stateline. Batch 169. Black almost stout like color. Decent aroma of coffee. Taste is coffee, smoke and roasted malt. Decent beer. Thanks again robert for sharing.


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