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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Porter
Drammen, Norway

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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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The old farm breweries of Norway made special beers - dark, hearty, earthy beers like this classic porter - for weddings christenings, funerals or any occasion at all. Haandbryggeriet makes living beer, not pastuerized nor filtered. But re-fermented in the bottle to create a natural carbonation.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gurthnar (1626) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle shared by Dohny. Aroma rauch, coffee, prune. Very dark brown colour. Taste has pronounced dark grains. Strong chocolate malt and roasted barley. Rauch is discernible. Warming alcohol present, but not disturbing. Light prune. Tannins are clearly present, but again not disturbing. Finish is dry, dark malty. It took me a while, but eventually I realised this is how I would expect a beer to taste if I entered a time machine and went 300 years back. Stellar.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Foffern (1180) - Bodø, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle shared with (and courtasy of) veitafaen. Has a black colour with a medium beige head. Wonderful aromas of anis, dark chocolate, lots of coffee, roasted malt and dried fruit. A magnificent roasted flavour as well with tons of coffee again and pretty dark chocolate. Burned dark wood in the end. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and above medium bitterness. A fantastic beer with lots of roastedness. Great with cheese!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19306) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
Bottled, thanks Rune! Hazy dark brown, small head. Coffee aroma. Mid dry with medium body and soft mouthfeel. Woody and earthy with come coffee. Mid bitter finish. Gentle, yet really flavourful. Very harmonious. A winner!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skansen (16) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2014
Farge: svart med en kraftig lys brun skumkrans som henger en god stund. Aroma: sjokolade, mørkbrent malt og kaffe. Smak: svart kaffe, mørk sjokolade/kakao, krem og lær. Lav bitterhet

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rondphoto (1897) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Thanks, John Mays for bringing this from Party Source. Great aroma of dark malt, earth, and coffee. Heavy tan head that is two-toned, layered like a parfait, thick curtain of lace. Taste is earthy malt with toast that is burnt around the edges. Black coffee/chocolate and a bit of prune enter in the palate. A 50-50 split between bitter and semi-sweet lasts deep into a long finish. This seems like a lot more than 6.5%abv - great flavor without over-doing the coffee/chocolate, as good as a porter gets.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (4376) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle, kindly shared by Dohny. Dark brown color with medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, prunes, smoke. Taste, dark malt, dark chocolate, prunes, vanilla, earthy notes. Long coffee bitter finish. Tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 22, 2012
Pours a brown to black colour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, some fruityness. Taste are also orianted around the roasted malts, but it’s not too dominating. Smooth mouthfeel, and a medium body. A fantastic classic porter in my opinion.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (10407) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle as sundvolden porter. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, hop, cocoa, malt . Flavour is coffee, hop, cocoa, malt. full body. Very nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (5446) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Jacksonville, Fl - Grassroots Natural Market - 500 ml bottle. Viscous black as ink pour with a sticky mocha colored head. Aroma is fully of roasted smoked goodness, some licorice and creosote. Bold, enticing flavor with a smoky essence to it, a touch of chocolate and espresso, some smoky creosote notes in the finish. Thick, sticky rich mouthfeel. Very solid porter.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4732) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2013
50cl bottle scored via Secret Santa. Pours a semi viscous, mostly opaque brown with garnet edges and some creamy, lacing white head. Nose of mushrooms, grilled shiitakes actually, soy sauce, some, a little sausage fat, Worcestershire sauce, anchovy. Flavor is an umami blast, soy sauce, dark malts, burnt caramel, liquid smoke, lighter mushroom, some cherry, a little wood pulp, even some salmon roe. Surprised to find this isn’t a palate killer, medium bodied and dry. Incredibly balanced, unique and inviting and still entirely drinkable.


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