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


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RATINGS: 423   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Floback (545) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4681) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1561) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Black color with a frothy brown head. Oak and dark pitted fruits and a faint spice meadly in the aroma. Smooth roasted and caramel malt body with faint chocolate and a dominant woody character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajm (1067) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle shared by nbutler11 at his raging Christmas bash. Beautiful fig-filled nose reminiscent of the best bottle of St Bernardus 12 you ever had. Flavor for some reason is much different. Pine buried in a heap of dark fruit, roast, caramel and dark chocolate. A very unnerving brew for its quality. My favorite Old Ale ever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Slightly more vanilla than chocolate in the nose with splashes of caramel, dried plum and sorghum molasses - a rumor of charred wood from an expired campfire. Full-bodied and oily with modest carbonation. Vinous, tawny port and deeply roasted malt flavors. Lengthy finish that is bursting-at-the-seams with dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2008
[Shared with Kjell at the Blood-dinner.] Darkbrown and fast offwhite head. True "old" notes like oak, dried fruits, some coffee and christmas sweetness.

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