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


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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This beer is our new X-mas beer for the coming season. Milder and less powerful roasty taste than Nissefar. More maltiness from the crystal malts and more fruity taste from lots of aroma hops, incl a hard to describe taste from our secret ingredient.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2007
Near black colored with red hints. Medium sized brown head. Strong Christmas in nose with cinnamon, yeast and obvious licorice, interesting one. Medium bodied. Flavor is more roasted with drying palate, still some cinnamon here, though not as much in aroma. Licorice comes also up in flavor, crispy carbonation. Stouty creamy-roastiness lasts in aftertaste. Complex, still not very well balanced brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2007
Bottled, batch #54 (BB 04/2009)
Very dark ruby color, medium-sized steady beige head. Nose is spicey (cinnamon, clove), has some dark malts, chocolate and dominating aroma of resin. In the flavor first impression is that this is using same yeast than Nøgne Ø, yeast is also very distinct here. There is some licorice, some spices (not very much, less than aroma indicates), dark malts and metallic touch. Finish is kind of empty. Light alcohol and yeast in the aftertaste. Ok XMas beer, but I’ll prefer Dark Force...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 31, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2007 (Bottled) Deep, dark, ruby red with a large, beige head. Xmas-spicy aroma with roasted malt, and some resiny menthol. Roasted-malty, slightly gingerbready and christmas-spicy - although not very interesting - flavor. Reminds me a bit of Diamond Beer’s Kerst Bok. Yeast brings in some ashiness, but doesn’t affect the flavor much. Medium-bodied, soft-carbonated palate. The first bottle sampled was very different with extremely intense, burned color malt feel all over. The second sample was somewhat warmer, but I don’t think that alone would make such a difference. I hope the latter was closer to the average... (Bottled) Deep, dark, ruby red with a large, beige head. Xmas-spicy aroma with roasty-burned malt and some wheaty oatmeal feel. Very burned-color-malty, ashy flavor with some toffee underneath. Pouring in the yeast brings in some licoricey, even Belgian feel, with some wheaty notes - but still it’s pretty much masked by the color malt. Medium-bodied, quite low-carbonated palate. I don’t know what they’ve been {thdr}inking while making the recipe, but this kind of a color malt overdose should be criminalized...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PLundsgaard (468) - Tranbjerg J, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2007
Aroma/Malty-cookiet, Appearance Head/Initial-large, Head/Color light brown, Body/Hue-medium, Initial Flavor-bitter light Finish Flavor-bitter light Palate/Body-medium good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HenrikSoegaard (13286) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Muddy brown colour. Moderate malty powerfull nice hoppy aroma. Not as good flavor. Light bitter flavor. A little harsh average finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3617) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle. Brownish colour with a huge beige head. Rich malty aorma and taste with notes of fruits and sugar. NIce palate. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (17001) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle. Huge tan head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma is roast malt and fruits. Taste is roast malt and fruit with some yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (15305) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2007
Bottle, 6%. Batch#46. Slow gusher, not chilled, but at cellar temperature. Nicely fruity aroma, some dried fruit and some yeast. Dark and muddy red/brown colour. Frothy light brown head, semi-stable. The flavour is quite roasted, turns nicely sweet and then roasted again. A little yeast to the flavour, but fortunately not as much as the aroma. High carbonation, a bit too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (11411) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2007
Bottled. Dark reddish brown coloured. Dense light brown. Spice, sweetnesss, light choco and fruits in the aroma. Flavour as well is quite spiced. Has some sweetness and chocolate notes. Is quite bland. Medium to thin bodied. Is light spiced in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (12581) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2007
Bottle. Pours an enormous head. Dark red brown color, off-white head. licorice and cinnamon in the aroma. Sweet flavor with licorice and hints of plums. The licorice dominates and spoils the balance of this beer somewhat.

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