NORSAND (173) - Lillestrøm, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2019 Haandbryggeriet Bestefar 2018
Batch #1205, best before date: 25.09.2021. Brewed September 2018 (?)
Appearance: Deep brown colour with reddish hue. Short lived beige head. (4/5)
Nose: Sweet roasted malt, coffee, caramel, Norwegian boiled brown cheese (boiled cow’s milk), freshly baked fruit cake, dried dark fruits (dates, raisins). (6/10)
Taste: The arrival is malty, rich and dry. On the mid palate there is roast coffe bitterness, hops, a certain “hidden” fruitiness. In the exit Turkish sweetened coffee, nuts, a little oiliness and more chewing on freshly roasted coffee beans. The mouthfeel is medium rich to rich and quite creamy. (Mouth feel 4/5 and taste 7/10)
Rather dry, well balanced Christmas ale, porter style. Its 9% ABV are very well integrated. Overall: 15/20. Total score: 3.6/5. jinroh (4430) - ESTONIA - DEC 24, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2018 Bottle picked up from Oslo Airport, drunk at Christmas Eve. Dark hazy brown, some foam but not much. Nose is a bit herbal, malty and some spices there. Taste reveals some spices first, sweetish-malty-herbal overall feel, some smoked character there as well. Christmas and bacon-filled sturdy ale, spicy and herbal. Can't say that I like it too much but overall good at what it is. rumore (2004) - Rimini, ITALY - OCT 12, 2018
Pours dark brown, almost black, with close to no foam. Aroma is winey, soy sauce, barrel aged. Body is fairly dense with delicate carbonation. Taste is moderately sweet, with some bitterness and good sourness. Some umami, according to my Japanese friends, who say it reminds the soy sauce they use for breakfast. Finish is long and bitter/sour. ChrisOfstad (3332) - Hamar, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2018
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2018 From backlog. 0,5 litre Bottle, gift from a friend. Almost Black with light brown head. Roasted malts, hops, spices, yeast and smoke. nuplastikk (7244) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2018
16.9oz bottle. Thin beige head. Deep black-brown body. Roast, rye, peat smoke...a lot going on and without any ingredient list I am pretty much just going off my palate. Really great mouthfeel like the majority of Haandbryggeriet beers. Sweet and spicy, but still in the beer realm, not filled with juvenile adjuncts, so a big win in my book. Like someone else said, a hell of a Christmas beer. Has some reminiscence to Anchor OSA but takes it to the next level. Solid.
GregMooreNH (2732) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2018 Pours hazy mahogany with one finger, tan head. Aroma is smoke and dried fruit. Taste is caramel and plum, moving to a strong smoke and some nuttiness. Finish is smooth smoke. A very tasty ale. royalbeer (410) - NORWAY - MAR 13, 2018
Et ganske godt øl, passer til det meste av mat. Også behagelig som tørstedrikk.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Dervock (1634) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2018
Bottle - pours black with an off white head. Aroma is smokey, ham and malt. Taste is sm9key ham up front wwith a bit of fruit in the still smokey finish. mansquito (10245) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2017
Birch and Barley, tap: pours near black with a brownish head. Aroma is smoke, meat, maltiness, molasses. Taste is smoky, sweet, kind of bitter. Body is thick and chewy. Alcohol is well covered but you know you are drinking something very large. motney (8) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2017 does not count
Wow! What a Christmas beer. Or one to drink to celebrate handing your ex her final alimony payment. In other words a celebratory beer. Full body, taste in fact full everything. Two friends also tasted and both said " bacon ?" and yes it is there. A glorious beer.