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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle at Chris O’s extravaganza. Ok I have to be honest. By the time we got to this part of the day I was on my way to being just a little drunk. It was certainly well before my second wind coming on. As a result my notes were very thin on the ground. In fact that is somewhat of an understatement. For some inexplicable reason my entire notes say "little". Little what I have no idea but I stand by everything I write in my notes every time. So there is my rate. Little.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (9629) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 5, 2007
Bottled. Brown/black coloured. Dense light brown head. Roasted, sweet and cocoadense aroma. Flavour is heavily roasted, herbal, full of liqourice, has cocoa notes and spices. Medium bodied and quite dry. Roasted and light smoked end. Quite good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2007
Bottled at Chris_O Fest March 2007. A very dark brown coloured beer with a lovely beige coloured head. The aroma is nice with roasty stouty notes. The taste has licquorice and roasted malts. Over carbonated, but tasty enough.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2007
500ml. bottle thanks to Dorwart. Dark brown color with a large, thick tan head. Mild roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and brown sugar. Flavor was again mild roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, light anise and some spice. The roasted malt aroma and flavor were way too muted, but the beer still would have been pretty decent but for an odd burnt plastic aftertaste that put me off.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (9822) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle. Deep dark brown color. Thick creamy head. Coffee and pure chocolate in the aroma. Pure chocolate, licorice and cinnamon in the flavor. Hints of plum. Tasty and good looking stout-like beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Thanks to Dorwart for sharing this one. Pours a deep ruby reddish brown. Aroma is kind alike a strong porter with some chocolate and toasted malts, lightly nutty, and a dry toastiness with a light phenolic plasticy hint. Lightly spiced flavor with smore dulled chocolate notes, burnt toast, some roastiness, and more phenolic rubber hints with a drying fizzy finish. Ok overall, but nothing great.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stefano (1850) - Esbjerg, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2007
Nice dark brown body with gentle red/brown head. Aroma is light burnt with a hint of vanilla and coffee. Flavor is malty and spicy with dark fruit and chocolate present. Has a dry cinnamon tone as well and some grassy bitterness towards the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2007
Bottled. Almost black topped with a rich creamy tan-coloured head. Licorice, yeast and dried fruit in the aroma. Yeasty and quite sweet flavour of spices, licorice and dark chocolate. Strong carbonation. Licorice, dades and bitter chocolate in the long aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (10778) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2007
Black with a lasting brown head. Rich and complex aroma of dates, grain, molasses, leather and some alcohol. Fruity sweet flavour with a dry finish. Big and soft mouthfeel. Excellent winter beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maria (9963) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2007
Batch 41, September 2006. It’s a black beer with a light brown, creamy and lasting head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, yeast and spice. the flavour has notes of chocolate, licorice, yeast, spice and a nice bitterness. It’s a truly nice Christmas beer. 1763


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