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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (48100) - 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]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (44094) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2010
50 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is dark fruity and hard roasted malty. Smooth fruity and dark roasted malty flavoured. Smooth fruity flavoured, Dark roasted malty. Lovely fruity and dark roasted malt flavoured. Nice one. Light lacto and acetone note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (36911) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2010
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin dark brown head. The aroma has strong notes of wood, and lacto bassilicus. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, wood, lacto, brett, and soy sauce, leading to a dry roasted and lacto finish. If you like sour, you like this. Thanks yespr for sharing.

   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
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2009
Bottled. Ruby red colour, small brownish head. Aroma is mild sour wooden notes along with spices, roasted malts, caramel and some notes of akvavit. Flavour is strong sour wood, roasted malts, burnt wood, mild spicyness as well as some tart berries as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2010
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours an opaque black with a tiny, rough off-white head. Interesting lactic nose, some rotten plums also. Medium body, hard roasted malts, loads and loads of lacto - close to acetone. Hardly any bitterness in the finish but rather sour. This probably is off, but in a lovely fashion. 080210

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (24783) - Tyres, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 Bottled at PBF. Near black, almost no head. Interesting tast vinous nose. Oaky nose Rodenbach style. Tart and lighter in body than expected. The roastiness from the porter only manifests itself as a slight hint of tar in the finish. Instead this beer is all about oaky tartness with vinegar and wood. Finally Haandbryggeriet makes a beer that is not only interesting on the paper, this is by far the best ever from them!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (24293) - , 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.

   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (20284) - 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; its nevertheless very interesting.

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