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


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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (6381) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Dark deep brown with a thin light beige head. Nice slightly smokey and slightly cocoa nose with a touch of holiday spices and a wee touch of pine. Nice earthy sweet flavor with some dark sweet smalts, a touch of smokiness, a little bit of pine bitterness and finishing with earthy smokey malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nilsas (2851) - Bryne, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2014
Duft av rÝyk, humle og karamell. MÝrk brun targe. Tykt brunt skum. Smak av rÝyk malt og karamell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NORSAND (56) - - NOV 11, 2014
(Bottled June 2014) Medium to deep, slightly reddish brown. Nice and medium lasting, light beige head. Nose: Medium sweet nose with caramel, coffee, rich maltiness, green and brown cardamom, cinnamon. Taste & palate: Medium to full bodied. Lightly sweet, medium bitterness. Some creaminess and fruitiness. Fairly fresh and balanced for its 7% ABV. The nose is the best part of this 5 month old bottling which I think have potential for further improvement and "harmonisation" with another few months in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2582) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
500ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Dark brown, near black in colour with a thin lasting tan head, light lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, caramel, some spice, fruit cake, molasses. Flavour is sweet, some light spice, chocolate cake, cherries, dark fruits. Sweet and malty mouthfeel, medium/large body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, sweet and quite malty. This is really good, excellent spice integration.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
There is a lot of dark malt, noticably chocolate malt, in this beer. Lots of character in this beer. Quite nice, but a tad too sweet for me. There is the house flavour in this beer as Iíve learned to recognize in their other beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3172) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle, 10C. Dark brown with an inch of light tan head that laces well. Earthy aroma with mohca, mild roast, dark sugars and hints of fruit, nuts, vanilla. Soft, medium-bodied. Sweet and soft at first with mocha and nuts, stewed dark fruit, then roasted and spicy bitter flavours come to the fore. Some of that "other" coriander flavour you get in some Scots beers like Jacobite Ale. Hearty and rustic. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2509) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 4, 2014
I think this is my favorite haandbry... Whatever beer yet. Sweet bubblegum and dried fruit aromas. Some warm spice notes too. Flavors are thankfully the same... Sweet and smooth. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3843) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2014
tap at Dash In a couple months ago, said they stored this keg for three years - This near black beer has an aroma is of roast malt, coffee, smoke, and licorice. The flavor is big on the roast malt with notes of light smoke and chocolate. Itís full bodied with a long, roasty finish. I didnít get much spice. It seems closer to a stout than anything, but itís very good regardless. Maybe my palate is off or maybe the years have subdued the spice. Very enjoyable though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbertels (282) - NORWAY - JUL 14, 2014
A nice winter warmer drunk at the height of the Norwegian summer! Caramelly and sweet - a somewhat short finish. A good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1661) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Pours a very dark opaque brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is licorice and dark fruit. Taste is sweet roasted malt, raisins and prunes, bitter chocolate and just a bit of espresso. Nice winter warmer!

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