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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2267) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Pours a clear, dark brown with a thin, soapy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, nuts, toffee, leather, coffee and a pretty heavy dose of dark fruits. Some char and smoke notes come out as it warms. Flavor is big on heft malt, dark caramel, toffee nuts, sweet cereal mash, light spice, molasses, and toward the finish some roasty notes come in with chocolate, roast, coffee and a hint of char. Medium body, with a very smooth feel, a mix of oily, creamy, sticky and chewy, very light carbonation keeps that nice mouthfeel intact. Really good stuff, most likely not something I could drink alot of, but I wouldn’t hate trying to.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
metalspice (438) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2016
Brunsvart med lysbrunt skum. Tørket frukt og kaffe i duften. Følger i smaken, kaffen blir veldig bitter. Ettersmaken blir tørr og besk. Noe ubalansert. Dette er 2015 utgaven. Best før 10.04.16.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mateuszk (1355) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown in colour, beige head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, brown sugar, herbs and spices. I, taste rather sweet, malty and spicy. Finish is a bit peppery, sweet. Nice xmas ale.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Derbeth (588) - Kraków, POLAND - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle, batch 592 with expiry in April 2016. Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is intensive dark chocolate, coffee, praline, some ash. Light bitterness. Full body, thick, smooth. What more can I say - HaandBryggeriet makes exceptional dark ales. Fantastic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Karlsen (34) - Hønefoss, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2015
Veldig mørk farge. Lite skum. En rund smak. Smaker av lakris. Kunne vært enda skarpere smak. God munnfølelse

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2781) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Almost black pour. Big tan head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma of peat and spice. Taste is the same.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3684) - Radom, POLAND - NOV 17, 2015
Perfectly Old Style Ale. Swiateczne piwo, niemal doskonale, bardzo smaczne tresciwe i rozgrzewajace. W zapachu dominuja swierzo zmielona kawa, pierniki i sliwki a takrze troche borowki. Smak to kakao, cynamon, gozdziki, wanillia i prazony slonecznik. Swietne wyraziste. Wyglad sporej i trwalej piany rajcowal niesamowicie, ciemna kremowa piana brazowawo szara. Juz podczas nalewania stawalo sie bardzo ciemne nieprzepuszczajace swaitla, a po dolaniu resztek drozdzy zrobilo sie bardzo ciemne brazowe. Geste i krzepkie i konkretne, takie powinno byc wlasnie zimowe ale. Goraco polecam

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaVillum (764) - Valby, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2015
Mahognifarvet ufiltreret norsk juleøl/Old Ale med minimal moccafarvet top på et par mm. Rolig i glasset. Aroma af tobak, røg og ristet malt. Lette lakridsnoter. Maltnuancer af karamel og ristet malt. Fin lettere krydret smag og samtidig henad en Porter. Vel balanceret mellem en middel sødme og middel bitterhed. Lille let syrlighed. Meget blød og lækker mundfølelse qua en veltilpasset og nedjusteret karbonering. Mellem fyldig krop og glat konsistens. Ganske velsmagende og en smule anderledes juleøl. Et godt valg. 33 cl på fad, 7,0 % ABV, nydt på TAP10 på Østerbrogade. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
rotaman14 (492) - Germany, lives in Vilnius, LT, - NOV 4, 2015
Black body, small beige head. Unpleasant aroma of alcohol, iodine and nail polish remover. Spicy, chocolate-y taste, warming, herbal aftertaste. Nice thick body. An okay winter beer I guess...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nordcore (1218) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle 50cl, #607. Dark brown with a offwhite head. Aroma of spices, roasted malt and yeast. Medium sweet, light bitter with a soft spices end.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1948) - 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.


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