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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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kayres (392) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Black with a thin head. Almost no carbonation. Sour plum and coco aroma. Smooth with a plumy apple flavor followed by bitter chocolate ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Batch 168 (2008 vintage) found long forgotten at the back of my beer fridge. Brown pour with an off white head. Chocolate, dark fruits, licorice and spices. Lighter dark fruit tart finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NBird (290) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2013
Dark cola with small soapy foam head. Smells.. Roasty malts, smokey too, licorice, spices and some dark dried fruits. Tastes.. Dark fruits and roasted malts, smokey, spices, licorice and some coffee hints too.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1655) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Tap at Farmers Cabinet for beer week. Aroma is nice and malty with roast, cherry cordial, and caramel. Pours deep brown red with a nice foamy head. Taste is unbelievable and complex with spice, plums, cherry, nutmeg and chocolate all at work. I could stand to start a whole bottle cold and let it warm up as I drink the whole thing. Wow.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ansjelaah (1095) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2013
2011, zwarte kleur, ruikt en smaakt naar een soort van wijn, koffie, hout en beetje rokerig, leuke fles

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (1838) - Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, yeast, caramel, dark fruit, & some coffee notes; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, caramel/molasses, dark fruit, licorice, coffee, and dark chocolate; Finish is slightly tangy; Pretty decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyBudgie (606) - SOLA, NORWAY - APR 23, 2013
0,5 Bottle. Fruity, sweet aroma, dried fruit, some roast malt. Roasted flavour, dried fruit, coffee. Sweetish and slightly salty. Fresh coffee aftertaste. Nice christmas beer from Haand

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LarsEngen (346) - Sandvika, NORWAY - APR 12, 2013
50 cl bottle. Batch 307.Pours dark brown with a large creamy brown head that just stays there. Leaves nice lacings.Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and some malt and spice notes. Flavor is very complex and leaves a very long nice bitter finish. Full body, oily texture, medium bitterness and medium to low carbonation. One of top 3 norwegian christmas ales.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (2990) - Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2013
Robust, smoky, oily aroma has a firm overtone of spice, mainly cinnamon and ginger with more than a smidgen of licorice. It pours an opaque, warm coffee brown with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled light tan head. Hearty, malty flavor has licorice, honey, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and caramel notes of various strengths. Each sip seems to be a little different. Texture is firm and smooth, if not too fizzy. Makes any day Christmas - or Yule, or Winterfest, or whatever you wanna call it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3073) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2013
500ml bottle from Alko

Pours pitch black with a smooth head. Aroma of roasty malts, spices and hints of smoke, licorice and anise. Taste is smooth, warming and roasty with hints of smoke, anise and licorice. Finish is sticky, malty and slightly roasty. Okay, quite tasty winter porter with a touch of smoke.


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