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


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RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djoeye (3640) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2014
Black brown body with clear dark ruby tones, tan head, rich crocheted lacing. Aroma; fruity hops, dark juicy malts, dark fruits, possibly prunes, sweet liquorice. Taste; soft juicy hops, dark dark malts, liquorice, fermented prunes, leads to a finish with dark chocolate, herbs and dark malts, lingering. Feels well bodied. Overall a very tasty evening sipper, sweet enough for yule-nisse-dad, yet with hops not totally forgotten. [50cl brown btl, abv7%, #783 BB28.07.17, B@vinmonopolet Langnes Tromsø 9€ T@höme]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AAEA (266) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2014
500ml ($6.99) This was a really good proter like ale. It was smoky and toasty and had lots of good flavors. good beer to chill with. I like the lil story on the back too. thumbs up!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle; 500ml; courtesy of MadMItch76; batch number 191! An oldie! Appearance is black and opaque with a nice dark brown head. It simmers down to the edge-of-the-glass. Aroma is interesting. Old spices; cinnamon; clove; hey; grass; woody notes; some more spices. Taste is leather; chocolate; christmas cake; panettone; figs. dates, prunes, old leather, spices and coriander. An interesting and well-made Christmas beer. Slightly oxidised but it’s aged very gracefully. Great work from a top Norwegian brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (2872) - NORWAY - DEC 7, 2014
Shared bottle at annual yule beer tasting on board Fridtjofen 06.12.14. Very dark brown. Beige head. Aroma of star anise and coffee. Chocolate and vanilla in taste. Pine and bitterness in aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ERB92 (646) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2014
Caramel, wood, smoke and hints of spices and pine in the aroma. Dark brown with a tan head. Medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full body with a average to soft carbonation. Overall a really good brew, lots of flavour, full body and some warming alcohol in the back.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lillmuffin (120) - Haugesund, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle bougth at Apollon platebar. Smells like good roasted christmas meat. Taste like roasted coffee beans, ribbs. Carbonated feeling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (7313) - 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 (3425) - Bryne, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2014
Duft av røyk, humle og karamell. Mørk brun targe. Tykt brunt skum. Smak av røyk malt og karamell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NORSAND (74) - Lillestrøm, NORWAY - 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 (2686) - 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.

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