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

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RATINGS: 412   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.


Toerstig's rating

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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fellebag (956) - 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 (27) - 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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FinkBeer (14) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (2530) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle from Den Nordiske Ølhandel, Copenhagen - dark brown pour with beige head. Medium roasted and sweet malty aroma and taste, some caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, some herbal and spicy nuances in the finish. Interesting and enjoyable brew.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
annunz123 (890) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Malty aroma with vanilla, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and alcohol. Flavor is rich and bittersweet, with chocolate, coffee, and nuts. Roast coffee bitterness in the finish, with alcohol and licorice. I wish other companies would follow this lead for their holiday beer. Nothing gimmicky--just a really, really good traditional beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2710) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2014
From the 500ml bottle. Deep brown pour with a thick off white head. Big thick body with lots of roasted grain and caramel taste that is very well balanced. Aroma is much the same, lots of barley wine notes of light roasted grain, caramel and fruity notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tandembrauer (349) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black with big light beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol. Taste sweet with roast-bitterness; caramel, vanilla, coal, dried dark fruits, liquorice. Silky mouth-feel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Peter_L (910) - SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
Flaska från Oslo, tack frun! Mörkbrun vätska med lågt skum. Doftar av kryddor, bröd och frukt. Kryddig smak med tydlig chokladfond. Haand kan ibland vara egensinniga men denna överraskade positivt.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djoeye (1980) - 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]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AAEA (162) - 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!


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