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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5248) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13235) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Bottle from State Line. The pour was very porter-like, slow smooht developing and steady (good retention) choco-colored head on top of a full brown-black body. The aroma was all roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate, fruity/vinous touches. The flavor followed the aroma, roasty bitterness keeping this thing pretty balanced. A full porter if you ask me, would have been interesting with a spice or two? The mouthfeel was smooth and silky. Decent stuff within a style (I’m thinking porter/brown ale when I say that) that is pretty much boring the heck out of me lately.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (4003) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is very earthy and coffee with some anise and dark fruit. Flavor is very much roasted malts with some caramel covered fruit. Heavy at times but also very drinkable this one is a tasty treat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2009
500ml Bottle (Batch 169): Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, and a slight tart acidity. Poured dark brown with a hint a ruby in color and a small, bubbly brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly tart. Tastes of malts, coffee, chocolate, roasting, sour mix, and some yeast. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Sweet and sour chocolate malt and acid finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14090) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Bottle from Bottle Trek. Batch 169; brewed 08/08. BB 08/10. Opaque brown/black with a huge frothy, creamy tan head. Smells so roasted it suggests stout. Medium body with smoothly creamy carbonation. Flavor is much like a spiced porter. Lots of toasted malt and spice. Some dark fruit. Maybe a touch of barnyard. Tis a really nice ale.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RuneStumo (2575) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5294) - 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.

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