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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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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.


4.4
   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.

4.3
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10426) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (3113) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2008
slightly thin, but it has a nice aroma with cocao and fruit, its has the good malts, little hop flavors but very worth your money.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4336) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2008
The aroma is sweet and toasty with fruit, hops, and coffee. It reminds me of a porter. Three is also a hint of soap. The appearance is dark brown with a smooth tan head that is very persistent. The flavor is just like the aroma. The palate is thick. Overall a nice beer. I just dont quite like the acidic finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5128) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Pours deep black into a snifter. Head quickly recedes to nothing. Soy aromas. Soy upfront turning to licorice and sour earth and a chocolate and pit fruit finish. Similar to a Belgian stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Dark brown, almost black pour, thin broken layer of tan head. Nice sweet and spicy aroma, treacle, raisin. Dark fruit on the taste, light earthy hops, slight roast on the back end. Nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4473) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2008
500 ml. Batch 98, bottled Okt 07, best for Okt 10. Opaque black with a lasting quarter-inch of frothy cappuccino bubbles with a hard pour. Aroma of coffee, funky leather and cherry, light cocoa and charred wood. Flavor is a good blend of the same, with some sweet licorice and cured tobacco, and a smooth roast and oak finish. Medium-heavy body is smooth, lightly carbonated and roasty dry.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
espenra (958) - Kurland, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2008
50cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. Batch 181. It poured a pitch black colour with a big beige creamy head that settled down slowly in the glass. The aroma smells of chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, spices and alcohol. The flavor is spicy and tastes of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. It has a medium long aftertaste.


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