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

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RATINGS: 419   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Toerstig (47) - Uppsala, - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle, batch 498. Blackish with thicker brownish head. Lots of herbs and clove in the aroma. Medium body some sweetness with light bitterness. Smooth finish with lots of spicies. A good christmas/winter beer but in smaller amounts.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1537) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Pours a half finger of tan head on a dark brown body with lots of sediment floating around. The aroma is mild chocolate, cinnamon, earth, and Christmas. The taste has holiday spice, roasted malt, and chocolate. Nice. The texture is soft and smooth. Nice and enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oliodnb (460) - ITALY - APR 24, 2015
50cl bottle shared. Pours dark brown with a small light beige head. Aroma is very rich with roasted malts, molasses, dark fruits, light banana, some spices, light buttery note. Taste starts sweet with caramel, roasted notes, plums, raisins, final dry bitter kick with faint smoked notes. Thick sticky mouthfeel, full body, carbonation is a bit too high. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alteregoo (213) - POLAND - APR 1, 2015
Barwa ciemno brązowa, nieprzejrzysta z czerwonymi refleksami. W aromacie na pierwszym planie czekolada, kawa zbożowa i bardzo lekka wędzonka. W smaku oczywiście mamy powtórkę, piwo jest tylko delikatnie słodkie, raczej bliżej mu do wytrawności, dość pełne, gładkie, lekko ziemiste i zbalansowane. Goryczka niewysoka, kakaowo-korzenna, nagazowanie średnie do niskiego. To moje pierwsze piwo w stylu Old Ale, niesamowicie smaczne i zaskakująco pijalne. Bardzo podobne do degustowanego wcześniej Traditional Ale Bestefar, jednak delikatniejsze, nie tak agresywne w odbiorze, niższy alkohol w dodatku bardzo dobrze ułożony, słabsza wędzonka i ogólnie "ułagodzone"... Troszkę brak tu tego "pazura"...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Przylus (367) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAR 24, 2015
Aromat słodów palonych, lasu, lekkiej kawy. Barwa czarna z wyraźnymi rubinowymi refleksami. Piana drobna, obfita. W smaku kawa, paloność i niezła kawowa goryczka.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1692) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2015
A weird smoky and earthy christmas beer with spice notes. Complex, fun, and very unusual.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2383) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle. heavy toasted cereal for the malt, light to moderate resin for the hops, light leather for the yeast, with notes of dried cherry, tar, vanilla and tobacco. Head is small, frothy, tan with fair lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, between oily and creamy with a soft carbonation. Perfect Old Ale standing in as a holiday ale. Great for the season’s weather, food, long nights, etc.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2015
1/29/2015. From bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Spicy, earthy aromas with chocolate and licorice. Robust and thick, spice, molasses, roasted malt. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fellebag (1075) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle 50cl. Medium light brown head. Dark brown color. Aroma is spruce shoots, gingerbread, hops, cloves, leather. Medium to thick body. Taste is quite sour with herbs and leather.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nogva (42) - NORWAY - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle from 09-2013. Pours a very deep redish brown with a thick tan head (excellent retention). Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and prunes(?) with a bit of tar, smoke and yeast. Medium body, thin texture, lively carbonation. Taste is burnt with malt, wood and coffee before moving towards leather and a bitter finish with pine and spices.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FinkBeer (15) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Unimpressive holiday ale, a lot of sediment distracting the appearance and a bit of smoke take away from what I look for in the nuttier Scandinavian style Christmas ales I've become accustomed to. Wanted to like it but the nose just doesn't finish and the finish doesn't close. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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