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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BoBoChamp (5878) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2010
50cl, Batch 147, no mention of ABV, new exclusive Norwegian brew Anno 2009, from Den Bierzolder Heule, complex sour Porter, balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, but expensive

JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2010
Totally different label, wondering about Akkevit Porter, but htat is not what it said... Medium yellow-beige, finebubbled head over pitch-black beer, though exhibiting some yellow-orange reflections on pouring. Quite "oud-bruin" like lactic acid nose, with some roasted/burnt malts and charcoal-roasted barley. Brett or Lactobacillus? Sourish/roasted, coffeeish flavour, lactic acid, as coffee with sour cream. Very powerful flavours. Thick, near viscous texture, creamy, alcohol obvious in both taste and warming. Very nice, unusual, but no doubt way more traditional porter than most - do I hear Entire Butt?

Skinnyviking (9720) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 18, 2010
Bottle. Low fluffy but lasting off-white head. Absolutely no light coming through this black body. Astonishingly mild coffee cocoa liquorice aroma. Cocoa at the front of the flavor instead of the expected coffee. Followed by mild sweet liquorice. Little hops bitterness though. Sorry mates but to me it is more metal than wood in the flavor. Guess it is actually the aqua vitae that does the trick. Low carbonation. Long aftertaste. Quite different from what I expected. Thanks mates.

Beer5000 (6736) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 16, 2010
500 ml bottle # 147, 6% ABV. Very dark brown, almost black body with a thin brown head. Strong aroma of dark malt, dry fruit, lactic, wood and aqua vita. The aroma is the only place I can sense the aqua vita. Flavor is sweet, light roasted malt, dry fruit, soy souse, mild wood, Bret and quite strong acid. For me this is closer to a Rodebach than a porter even if this is something in between. Not as acidic as Rodenback Crand Cru, still way to acidic and funky for a porter. This is good, exiting and fun to taste, but I had to admit I used quite some time to finish a bottle by myself. Thanx to OleR.

fonefan (51126) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 5, 2010
Bottle 500ml. @ home.
Clear dark black color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, berry tart, wood, oak, lacto - brett, light to moderate alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet, moderate to heavy acidic and moderate bitter with a long duration, balsamico. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finsh feel is light alcoholic. [20100228]

usetheforce (52) - Wehl, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2010
Bottle from De Molen. Shared it with my boyfriend spkevin. Glad we shared, because this beer caused me stomach ache with it’s sourness. Pours a beautiful black beer with a big tanned head. Strong smell of wood, coffee and alcohol. The taste was quite a shock at first, didn’t expect it to be this sour, and I’ve never had a sour beer like this before. Later on I started to enjoy it and I tasted, next to the sourness, hints of red wine, berries, oak and strong coffee. This is by far the weirdest beer I’ve ever had, and I still wonder if it’s really 7% ABV..

spkevin (440) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2010
Bottle from De Molen ’to try’ (thanks!) Shared with my girlfriend usetheforce. Wow. What a strange beer! Pours a dark, black beer with low carbonation. Still got a good beige, tan head. Impressive, strong aroma. Couldn’t stop sniffing it. Very complex with hints of coffee, roasted malts, alcohol, some wood and something strange wich would have been the Akkevit. Taste really blowed me away. Very sour with a coffee/porter ending. Don’t know if I really loved the beer but it still was very impressive. Just to sour for me I guess. But the roasted, porter hints made it still enjoyable.

nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Bottle shared by daknole like a beer pimp -- thanks!! Pours roasted black with a trim ring of brown foam. Smells of lactose, peppermint, and cocoa -- very inviting. Tastes of espresso, milk cocoa, sweet malts, oak, and booze. This beer fucking ROCKS. I have no idea what’s going on with the ratings -- perhaps some bottles are infected??

Geiserich (4622) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 21, 2010
Bottled: Sourly aroma, notes of berries, roasted malt, chocolate. Black color, creamy brown head. Flaovor is dominated be intensive acid notes, berries, red wine, roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffe. Astringent, roasty finish. To acidic for me, despite some interesting notes. Wasn’t able to finish this bottle.

redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2010
thanks to JMFG for sharing this! Spicy caraway on the nose with rich chocolate with coffee notes. Pours black with a tan head. Chocolate malts with coffee notes spicy caraway and rye-like flavors. Very spicy with smooth dark malt flavors. Very nice.

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