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


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RATINGS: 400   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.

   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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20869) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9509) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 1, 2007
500ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo, OKT Pikkujoulu) Batch #35. Very dark ruby, almost black. Spicy burnt malty aroma, also a little alcoholic. Sticky malty body , sweet and burnt. Gently alcoholic, quite pleasant to sip, but missing something. Maybe a little ’raw’ in places.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3383) - Media, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12966) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3021) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11349) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2007
Black color, brownish head. Hoppy tar aroma, dark chocolate. Malty, hoppy flavor with some spicy notes. Oily palate.

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