HaandBryggeriet Aqua Vita Porter

Formerly brewed at HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Porter
Drammen, Norway


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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Aqua Vita Porter is a very special brew, this is a powerful porter that has been aged in old Akevitt barrels for several months. We use this technique to blend the 2 flavours and the process has produced a very special beer. We think the flavour of this beer must be very close to how historic porters tasted in the old days when all beers were kept in oak barrels. This is not a beer for the faint hearted, its rather rustic in flavour and aroma. The barrel ageing comes through very well in this beer, the usual acetic flavour from contact with oxygen in the barrel, the spill over of the Akevitt flavours and of course the wood flavours. All this combined with the darker malts makes it unique. And the aroma is so powerful and interesting it just makes you beg for a sip. 6% alc. ABV, 32 IBU, 112 EBC. Serving temp. 10-12C or 50-55F

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Cunningham (8279) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 Botttle. Black colour with a off white head. Complex aroma, roasted barley, coffe, citrus, deep red wine? Flavour is also hard to describe, but it gives a warm and well mixed mouthfeel, coffe, toffe, cirtus, dark fruits.

Palme (4816) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2011
0.5l bottle #147. This one pours a pretty much pitch black body with a quickly fading and sidesticking tanned head. Aroma is surprisingly tart and oaky with some roasted and smoky notes and hints of both alcohol, coffee and licorice. It has average to soft carbonation, medium-bodied and a oily mouthfeel. Flavors are also quite sourish (the sourness can actually remind a bit of the same sourness I found in their Odin’s Tripel) with more oak, coffee and red wine vinegar. Ends quite dry with a lasting light roasted and sour aftertaste and just a little hint of alcohol as well. Interessting stuff! Not anything like the new remake.

DutchDrebus (6095) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2011
Batch 147. Pitch, opague black colour - creamy, brownish head. Smells coffe, roasty, wine and wood (oak?). Tastes wine, coffe, roasty and some sourness. Warming, full body.

KyotoLefty (10603) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle, brewed Aug 2008. Black with crimson tints and, by the time I saw it, no head. Very acidic aroma, citrus, plums, lactic acid, chocolate. Wee sour flavor, plums and grapes, chocolate, coffee, wine. Great sour balance. Well burnt malts. Wonderful stuff in great condition.

Benzai (16527) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2011
Opaque black color, small brown head. Smell wine, spices, sour and coffee. Taste winey and sour. Lightly dry. Appears high alcohol but decent carbo, thin body. Note: best before 20 August 2010. Bottled 20 March 2008. Batch 147.

fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2011
Courtesy of Philippe (Bov)
Black color; small head. Mixed aroma, notes of chocolate, cream and acetone. Good body, and good malt and chocolate flavor, with roasted malts too; there is some alcohol that adds dynamicity, but also some acetone. Without the acetone it wuld be perfect; it’s nevertheless very interesting.

madmitch76 (25344) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2011
2nd July 2009
Opaque black beer. Dryish almost crisp palate. Very sour. Repressed wood and a delicate touch of smoke. The sourest porter I have ever tasted! The barreling adds something. Hangs together.

Koelschtrinker (21318) - K?ln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 22, 2011
Säuerlicher sowie holziger Beginn. Die Säuerlichkeit bleibt im Mittelteil bestehen und wird hier von Malznoten umringt, welche der Säuerlichkeit aber genug Platz zum Entfalten lassen. Trocken röstig, likörartig, etwas Kaffee. Die Säuerlichkeit flacht im Nachgeschmack schnell ab, bis dahin ist sie konstant und angenehm weich. Ein wenig Süße, hintergründig, veredelt das Ganze. Perfekt abgerundetes Bier mit abwechslungsreichen Malzkomponenten und Zitrusnoten – Super! 11/12/11/12/12/12

Meilby (11639) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2011
Bottle 500ml @ home
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of malt, chocolate, vinegar, wood and akevitt. Taste is medium sweet and medium sour with a dry finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat

FatPhil (16916) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 30, 2011
500ml bottle (Bierkompass.de) - Batch 147, BB2010-08, drunk 2011-03
7 Clear acidity in the nose, a very narrow spike at first, but broadens into that classic old wood-resin aroma, almost entirely due to teh barrel ageing, I’m sure. Behind that there’s a rich roastinesss that’s just short of burntnesss.
4 Jet black, brief dark tan head, settles to obsidian.
7+ The acidity and wood resins dominate the retronasals, as you’d expect. Very much an ’old’ porter. Taste shows more burntness than the aroma indicated, but it’s not ashy in the taste.
4+ Smooth palate, slighly acidic palate, obviously, and with a tiny hint of carbonation too. Finish starts with the fruity and acidic woody tones, but segues quickly into a really rich burnt roast - the aroma was fooling us - this is a porter made from black malts after all. No ashiness though, still. Very late finish has a lovely mellowness to it, which reminds me of some of the vanilla-flavoured bourbon barrel aged porters, without actually being vanilla-ey.
16 The last time I rated a porter, it was entered as an ’old ale’, and now I come across a truly ’old’ ale, it’s not entered as such - RB categories are screwed. Anyway, I won’t let that spoil the enjoyment of this storming beer. Didn’t get any aquavit at all, but that’s not a problem, subtlety is good. But I certainly got the old deep woody resins though, there’s no mistaking that. These guys brew great beers!

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