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

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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.


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 (4156) - 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 (924) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle. Pours ruddy brown/black with a wisp of a tan head that leaves some short lived lacing on the side of the glass. Nose of chocolate and brown sugar, figs, candied fruit, orange and some hints of spice. More chocolately goodness in the flavor, spiced fruit, sweet and a little bready. a touch acidic, orange rind and some nice earthy hop bitterness to round it out. Low carbed and drying, very quaffable. Excellent christmas porter with a very restrained spice profile.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Murky dark brown color with a small lid of light tan bubbles. Lightly roasted malts, dark chocolate syrup, and licorice scents. Hints of alcohol in the background. Strong flavors, with licorice, anise, chocolate extract, burnt raisins and sweet grains. A bit syrupy in feel. Finish is quite quick and uneventful. Linger has some roasted malts and dark caramelized fruits. Things don’t seem to come together in this one. Seems like something I would pour over bread pudding.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Pours out dark brown almost black with thin tan head. Taste is roasty and malty. Strong taste of chocolate and coffee. Slighty sweet wiith some spice. Nice porter style brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2967) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Have loved every beer I’ve had from this brewery...until now. Very average and uninspired. Norwegian Wood, Norse Porter, and Dark Force were all impressive. Cloudy dark chocolate color with a spongy latte head. Roasted malt, Nestle Quik, toffee and spice. Perhaps I’m being overly critical but was surprised by and enjoyed their others so much more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours dark with a tall lasting head. Strong chocolaty aromas fill the room. Full nectar with soft and creamy effers. Huge chunky chocolate Hershey flavors ebvelope my attention as the roasted coffee bean essence snaps its fingers brining me back. The finish goes on and on. A decadent brew indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3950) - - NOV 20, 2008
dark murky brown beer with no lacing under a small brown head. aroma of chocolate covered pineapple. flavors of spicy licorice, nuts, milk chocolate, and pineapple tropical fruit. low carbonated smooth palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Bottled October 2007, best by October 2010, consumed November 2008. Pours a dark and dense mahogany brown color with a slowly fading, spongy, khaki colored head. Thin, crackly, spider-web lacing marks the glass well. The aroma shows like a spiced holiday porter. Rich cocoa and burnt caramel malts show in the base, followed by Fig Newton cookies, roasty espresso, cinnamon, and vanilla. Earthy spices and hops are prominent throughout. The flavor is chocolaty, dark cocoa on full display, with a strong presence of scorched caramel and coffee. The fig notes seem to drop out a bit, replaced by roasted chestnut and even more bitter, woody, earthy spice. Medium-full and smooth on the palate, there is a spicy dryness that lingers on the tongue. I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. It’s more porter than anything, but there’s plenty of gritty earth and spice to go around. Nice brew.


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