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

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RATINGS: 405   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2008
Dark brown with light quickly disappearing head. Very sweet aroma with dark chocolate, licorice and plums. Flavor sweet and malty, with dark fruits and liqueur-like notes. Finish is quite bitter, which nicely balances the sweetness, with a hint of warming alcohol. Medium to full bodied and somewhat oily on the palate. Could even be a bit fuller to support these strong aromas.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2008
[Tasting @ yespr – Courtesy of yespr] Black huge brown head. Aroma is ripe fruits, liquerice and sweet roasted malts. Flavor has burned malt, spices, chocolate, ripe fruits and coffee notes.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (32032) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2008
50 cL bottle. Pours dark brown and with a creamy tan head. Aroma is spiced and subdued chocolate malty. Flavour is quite spiced with a distinct roasted malt and little chocolate smoothness. Ends with a lingering spice note, somewhat acidic.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown colour with a medium light brown well lasting head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, some liquorice. Soft good mouthfeel. Roasty malty flavour with some spices, chocolate, dark fruits, bit of liquorice and bitter hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2008
Bottle.[Tasting session @ yespr, thanks for a great evening Jesper] Huge thick and light brown head that mostly lasted. Dark mahogany colour. Good display of lacework. Liquorish, light chocolate, light Christmas spice, toasted malt. Medium to full bodied with an average carbonation. Moderated sweet and light bitter flavour. Light bitter malty finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (4972) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2008
0.5 l bottle. Sweetish malty, vinous and berryish aroma with notes of raisins, licorice and rum. Malty, worty, vinous and toffeish flavor with some plastic notes. Thick and viscous mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle 0.5 l (batch #35) at Oluthuone Leskinen, Oulu. Cola like deep red. Small completely disappearing head just after pouring. Smooth very low carb. Fruity and berryish nose, with some roasted maltiness. Flavor has strong liqourice, cold creamy coffee, dark juicy berries, hops and nicely roasted malts. Quite nicely balanced between juicy sweetness and lingering bitterness. Pretty good. Combines features of bitter porter, spicy belgian dubbel and juicy and burnt german doppelbock!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2007
(Bottled) Very dark brown with a small, beige, partly lasting head. Very dried-fruity, rye-puddingy aroma with grainy maltiness. Lots of rye pudding and some dried fruit in the flavor. Medium-bodied, slicky palate with low carbonation. A lighter version of British Old Ales, and not too sweet. Sooo much better than Nissemor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20919) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2007
Bottled. Deep brown colour with mediumsized brown head. Aroma is toffee, malts, slight roast and fruits. Also some mild spicyness. Flavour is leathery, malty, toffeeish and slightly smoked wood also. Quite slimy palate, but otherwise well done brew.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2007
Black colored, little brown head. Extremely rich licorice and chocolate in aroma, roastiness also there with sweetness, strong aroma indeed. Medium bodied. Flavor is also dominated by this licorice and chocolate, still more hops in flavor making it not so sweet than aroma. Aftertaste is still syrupy, plummy and rather sweet and hopped, though still somehow round one.


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