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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (6719) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2006
500 ml brown bottle, Vinmonopolet. Batch #46. Bottle conditioned. Dark brown colour. Huge and creamy long-lasting tan head. Pleasant aroma of roast malts, dried fruits, mild coffee and chocolate. Flavour has also plenty of roast malts, moderately sweet, with coffee and dark bitter chocolate in the long aftertaste. Good beer, but Nissefar is even better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 Bottle 0.5 l. Pretty much opaque brownish black with a foamy dunkelweizenlike head. Nose is fruity with spices and malts. Nice and fresh, but hard to pick up anything specific. Flavor is a bit sweet and sour (baltic porter style) with a dry roasted finish. Very foamy carbonation (bottle conditioned?). Ashiness and sourness of a good porter combined with fruitiness and mouthfeel of a belgian double. Very interesting and damn good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (2639) - Kaarina, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2008
Nissemor is good-looking beer with big and long-lasting beige head. Aroma is very great: sweet and roasted malts together with some fruits. Flavour is very roasted, slightly sweet and also lot of hops are found. Quite easy to drink and lot of carbonation that comes lower quite quicly. There are lot of hops and roasted malts, but sweetness balanced roastiness nicely and aroma is absolutely great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16507) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2009 Bottled. A nice, spiced aroma escaped the bottled immediately after opening. Promising. It pours dark brown, with lots of carbonation and a lovely, dense, lasting tan head. Some sediments in the bottom. The nose is spiced at first, with coffee-like bitterness, hops and some sour notes. Quite roasted flavor with sweetness, hops, spicyness, dried fruits and notes of coffee. Some vinous notes as well. Pleasant mouthfeel, fullbodied and drying. The finish is warming and quite hopped, with a spicyness and an alcohol-note that lasts quite long. Nice! Rating: 7-4-8-4-15-3.8.(061106)

Bottle, 2008 vintage, #187. Courtesy of the brewery. Pours a very dark brown body, slightly unclear, under a finger thick, dense, beige head. Licorice, roasted malts, coffee beans, some notes of prunes and subtle resiny, citrusy hops in the aroma. Full-bodied, quite low on carbonation, rather dry, and with flavors of roasted malts, piney and citrusy hops giving a pleasant bitterness, coffee, a little touch of salty licorice and some dark chocolate. A tiny touch of sourness too. Fine roasted finish with a balancing bitterness. Really pleasant this year, but not so very Christmasy anymore. (090101)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stefano (1965) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2007
Dark red/brown coloured - almost black. A large brownish head clinging to the bottle. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt. Flavour has also plenty of roast malts, moderately sweet, with coffee and dark bitter chocolate in the long aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
espenra (994) - Kurland, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2009 50cl bottle. Batch 104 from Vinmonopolet. It poured a dark black colour with almost no head whatsoever. A rather disappointing start. The aroma is dominated by coffee and roasted malts, but spices and hops is also present. Hints of alcohol and nuts. The flavour is heavy and is also dominated by coffee and roasted malts. Spices are also present as is liqourice, hops, nuts and some alcohol. It has a long and lingering aftertaste. A very nice christmas beer indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (7884) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2009
Bottle 0,5 l. Batch # 190. Pours almost pitch black with a moderate tan head. Strong dark roasted malt aroma,prunes. Taste is moderate sweet, good roasted malts, noticeable liquorice, and a long lasting dry taste of strong espresso. Happy X-mas

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abstractbeer (241) - NORWAY - NOV 11, 2010
Batch 308. Brewed 2010-08-31. Best before 2012-08-31.

Pours very dark, close to black. A huge head forms immediately and I can’t pour more than half the bottle before the glass is full. At the bottom of the glass there are many "underwater co2 volcanoes", where tiny bubbles stream out at break-neck speed! The head eventually tries to settle down, but takes its time. The consistency of the head is amazing - thick as a brick! Tilting the glass doesn’t disturb it the least! Seriously, it’s the thickest foam I’ve ever seen on a beer. I had to use a spoon and dig my way down! I could hold the spoon upside down, and the foam stuck to the spoon!

Ok, let’s move on! There’s more here than foam! Initially the nose is coca cola, fresh hops and pine, then it turns into beautiful caramel and milk chocolate!

Aroma starts out quite hoppy, fresh and fruity, with some grassy notes, then it turns roasty, with earthy notes, and ends in a nutty aftertaste which then turn back into the hoppy goodness from the start! Very nice! Taste is mildly sweet first, and finishes with a good hoppy bitterness. There’s also that "Haandbryggeriet aroma" which I’m not sure where comes from - the yeast? I taste it in most of their beers (and I really like it). Mouthfeel is nice and thick, and the carbonation is soft. Quite smooth overall. And overall a very good beer, complex yet easy to drink! Haandbryggeriet has been accused of being inconsistent in the quiality of their beers, but one thing is for sure: when they succeed, which they often do, they make some darn fine beer in my opinion!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esp0r (2729) - NORWAY - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle enjoyed at home from batch #404, 2011 edition
Pours dark brown, almost black in glass, big dense tanned head. Very nice look. Smells of cloves, cinnamon, cardemomme, coffe and the typical aroma of Haandbryggeriet’s house yeast. Taste is malty, no sweetness whatsoever. I find gløgg tones and some dry fruits. Palate is dry but not as oily as it could be. Still quite nice. Finish has a very nice and powerful bitterness. But stil, i think the beer lacks a bit of balance to make it to highest scores out there

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fenrir (19) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2012
Burnt coffe, bitter, nicely carbonated. Quite nice :) not typical Norwegian Juleøl ;) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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