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

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RATINGS: 432   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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 (2270) - 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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlazerT (471) - POLAND - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle. Sensoric. Pitch black with small to medium, light brown head. Medicore head retention, poor lacing. Aroma is roasted malts (mainly coffee and dark chocolate combined with black and red fruits (cherries, plums, some raisins), also touch of smokey notes. Nearly medium caramel and brown sugar notes. Taste is in the beginning light to medium bitter, but soon it becomes something between semi-sweet and semi-dry. Medium body, oily texture, soft to average carbonation, finish is semi-dry and malty. Booze is not so noticable, just a lightly warming. In overall nice, drinkable and full beer. Not so heavy as most of holiday ales.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
electrotype (616) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
C’est flat, c’est laid. Pas que ça change quoique ce soit au niveau de l’appréciation du liquide, mais calvaire qu’ils sont laids les étiquettes de cette brasserie là! On dirait qu’il font exiprès... Je peux pas croire que quelqu’un a réellement validé le design un moment donné : "Oui, très joli, on utilise ça!". Anyway, les notes sont pas tellement mieux. Elles sont difficiles à cerner. On dirait un mélange de plein d’affaire, une expérience improvisée. C’est sucré, malté, fade.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gr_pa (347) - siemianowice, POLAND - MAR 14, 2016
Dark brown, clear, nice head. Very nice aroma, lots happening here: beech smoke notes, cherries, coffee, vinegar, some spices. Light to medium body, light sweetness, medium bitterness, bit empty, in mouth, flavour: malty, roasted malts, hops. Bit alcoholic finish. Not great, but interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2626) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2016
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 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Icedwarf (1193) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2016
Zwart bier zonder schuim. Smaak is krachtig met iets van rook en drop, licht zoet. Niet echt een kerstbier maar ondanks dat erg goed.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
metalspice (611) - 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 (1584) - 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 (676) - 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 (43) - 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 (2945) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Almost black pour. Big tan head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma of peat and spice. Taste is the same.


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