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

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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2007
50 cl bottle, brewed 9/06. Dark brown with a thick tan head. Musty brown sugar, grapes and molasses. Buzzy carb, medium light. Coffee and chocolate with prune sweetness. Grapefruit peel adds some sharpness. Lingering dark roast and licorice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (11893) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2007
Bottled (brewed 03/2007, batch #35)
Dark nut brown color, almost opaque color, small brown head. Dark chocolate, burned dark malts and raisins in the nose. Chocolaty, yeasty, some spices (clove?), a bit alcoholic. Similarities to Nøgne Ø Porter, slightly thinner, not so coffeish and more spicey. When this beer warms up, it gets some Old Ale -stylish toffeish notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (2983) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2007
(Bottle) Pours dark to black with a big head. Roasted malt and light spicy aroma with notes of caramel, chocolate, liquorice, salt and mint. Maybe a touch of vanilla and cinnamon. Roasted malt flavour with a light sour sting. Rather spicy with notes of pepper, salt and some anise. Some liquorice and a light touch of coffee are also present. A bit bitter. Lingering aftertaste of dark malt and some subtle fruits. Medium body. Go Norway.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (9397) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2007
Black color, brownish head. Hoppy tar aroma, dark chocolate. Malty, hoppy flavor with some spicy notes. Oily palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5351) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2007
Bottled. Black with a huge, brown head. Burnt aroma with tar and chocolate. Oily and burnt palate. Spicy in flavour; clove.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (5211) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2007
Bottle, thanks Furseth. Dark opaque brown, large fluffy beige head. Roasted malt aroma, dusty, nutty, with some spicy hops. Medium bodied with a sparkling mouthfeel. Good balance, bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2007
(Bottle 50 cl) Pours an almost opaque, black with an orange hue and a creamy, light brown head. Roasted, lightly vinous aroma with notes of dried fruit. Full body with sweetish, roasted malt, dried fruit and a lightly burned edge. Some vanilla in there too. Quite lovely. 240507

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2007
Bottle 500 ml - batch # 13 (bb aug 07). Dark brown. Vanishing brown head. Aroma of rasins, roasted malt, chocolate, coffe. Flavor is very roasted/burnt, coffee, liquorice, bitter aftertaste. Not as balanced as expected. I hope it is not the age. 090507

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (12651) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2007
Bottle at Chris_O bottlefest 2007. Very dark ruby with tan head. Exploded out of the bottle. Not sure what this is. A porter? Dark malts. Bit like a dunkel. some nice dark malts.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5109) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2007
ChrisFest Smooth, fizzy, creamy and dark raisonj flavoured beer of little interest but quite drinkable.


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