HaandBryggeriet Aqua Vita Porter

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


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RATINGS: 90   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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cgarvieuk (23893) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2010
Bottle at home .... really not sure about this ... deep black ... thin lacing ... funky sour nose ... is this barrel ageing or has it turned ... again a short sourness... almost lambic like rather that a porter ...some red wine tones ... not really working for me...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3870) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2009
From bottle at Bishops Arms, Jrntorget. Dark brown colour with low beige head. Fennel, aquavit and dark malts in aroma. Medium bodied with chocolate, mint and dark malts, bit toasty. Warming from higher alcohols. Bit brown malt and green, maybe dill. Not much acidity in my sample. Low bitterness. Really balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (8875) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle batch # 147. Pours dark brown, almost black with a very small off-white head, fast diminishing. Aroma: strong sour, deep roasted coffee, smoke and tar, even some Coke and dark licorice. Taste is sour/sweet candy, low bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a thin ring of head that is lightish tan in color. Taste is lightly sour and moderately sweet. Slightly oily palate. Aroma nor flavor is very bitter but the aftertaste has a slight heat to it. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (12487) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle, bought @ De Molen.
Pours almost completely black with a small, frothy, off-white head. Aroma has oak, vinousness, light tartness, well roasted and fairly sweet. Medium carbonation, fine mouthfeel. Flavour has oak and quite an acidic edge. Roasted, a bit of chocolate. Raisins, oak and viniousness. Okay, but quite a lot of tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (27737) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle in a hotel room in Utrecht. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted and light acidic aroma of red wine and berries. Roasted and acidic flavour of berries, oak and red wine. Tart finish. Too acidic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2009
500 ml bottle. First edition. Black. Small coarse head. Vinegary aroma balanced by nice mellow roasted malts. Reminds me a little about Haandbakk, but not that sharp. The acidity is quite distinct and somewhat sharp and unpleasant. Very low carbonation level. Overall there is way too much acidity and vinegar for this beer to be perceived as pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle. Bishops Arms Jrntorget, Porterveckan. Dark brown with a beige head. Light roastiness, oak, lightly sour, a bit sweet, some spices, maybe some aquavit. Rather balanced and I didnt find it as sour as many others on this site. Maybe a different batch?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2009
batch 147. 50cl bottle @ biergasthof schiffner. strangely there is no percentage to be found on the bottle anywhere, but it taste about 6-7% strong, so il happily go with that :-). pitch black, slight carbonation, thin beige head and no lace. Smell somewhat like a lambic, sour morello cherries, fermented grapes, slight fruit vinegar note, with wood and ever so slight smoke. Best thing is, it tastes even better, the aquavit really comes out and the sourness combines with the roast malts to a beautiful unusual eccentric taste experience! highly reccommend it!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (13132) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2009
Bottle. Deep dark brown color, opague. Hints of oak, aquavit and grapes in the aroma. Full bodied, almost oily texture. tart flavor with alcoholic notes, licorice, grapes and aquavit. Just hints of roast in the aftertaste. Lovely, but is it really only 7% ABV?

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