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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Black IPA
Drammen, Norway
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Smoked India Black Ale.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1945) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle from the local taphouse. Love the subtle smokiness. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, flowers, and smoke. Taste is sweet and bitter, with long length. Palate is silky, medium to full. Dark brown, with a thin head.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (4298) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle @ ACBF 2012: black with a tanned head, smell is heavy of smoked malts with a slight molasses sweetness to it & grapefruit, pine & fruity hops, taste is sweet molasses upfront, dark fruits & dark malts, the smoke & smoked malts are definitely there but the smoke is very balanced, harmonious & not dominating, leather followed by a subtle & well integrated grapefruit & pine resin hop kick, lovely, medium bodied, another winner from the hand brewery

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (4044) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2012
Draft @ acbf. Aroma is roast, some fruit hops, malty red fruit. Flavour is roasty malt, mocca, some fruity hops. Very nice balance.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arve_Christian (3280) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 17, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2012 Bought on bottle at Bar & Cigar Brown/black color Fresh hoppy taste Medium body & high complexity Enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUN 27, 2012
Redish black colour, whit a light tan head. Perfect balance between the aromas of the ipa side and the stout side of the black ipa. Full bodied. Recommended.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reimer96 (1342) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
Pours black with a big fluffy brown head and tons of lace. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet dried fruity aromas and smoke. Taste is smoke, roasted malts, chocolate, sweet fruits and bitter coffee. Mouthfeel is dry, moderate carbonation and a balanced bitterness throughout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Foffern (1298) - BodÝ, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle shared with ClubGonzo. Has a distinct black colour with a lovely light brown and thick head. Comfortable aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, leather, tar, hops and hints of smoke. The taste is not far away with a clearer smoke flavour and more bitter chocolate. Blackcurrant is also present. Smooth and slightly oily mouth feel. This is really a good quality beer, but maybe not quite a typical black IPA, where much of the expected hoppy touch never shows up.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3591) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2012
0.5l bottle. Has been a while since I got the honor of trying a new Haandbryggeriet beer now, so Iím looking forward to this. The pour on this one is lovely deep deep brown - right there on the border of being black - and it has a nice big and lasting chocolate head thatís leaving big lacings down the whole glass. On the aroma this one gives me lots of fresh hops mixed with tons of fantastic rocky gunpowder, some bitter chocolate and light, but lots of, roasted malts. Also some traces of milkshake here, and itís both salty - like the way salty dried meat smells like and a bit ashy with hints of smoke. With other words, quite interesting, no, make that really nice and very interesting on the aroma. When tasting it it feels thick and almost creamy in the mouth and it has a average carbonation level. Flavors are quite stingy and hoppy at first, but itís also quite ashy and definitely smoky. Not so much chocolate, but now itís more like cold coffee. When it got a bit temperated it just started tasting fantastic, and that salty-meaty-ashy-smoky thing? Just gotta love it! This is one of those beers, that when the bottle is empty, you really really just want a new one. Iím starting to think this might be the best beer Iíve ever tasted from the clever guys from Drammen! 08.03.2012

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dexcansino (471) - AndalucŪa, SPAIN - MAR 24, 2013
Cerveza negra con espuma cremosa como un buen expresso. Al olfato es una ipa por sus tonos florales. En la boca es una stout cremosa, tostada, con sabor a cafť y chocolate. Una delicia.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewturba (1084) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
Pours a dark brown with some light shining through and a massive light brown head which slowly shrinks but leaves lace all up the glass. Aroma is fruity, roasted malt, sweet maltiness, coffee and chocolate. Flavour is dry roasted malts, chocolate, notes of coffee, dark dried fruits, medium bitterness and a sweet maltiness.


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