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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Traditional Ale
Drammen, Norway

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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is a strong hearty festival beer for those good relaxing moments when you are cuddling up in front of a roaring fire feeling the warmth from both beer and flames.

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AnG_BrgNor (819) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2016
Flaske. Uklar brunaktig med noe skum som varer kort. Aromaen er bacon, malt, røsted, rosin og røykt. Smaken er bacon, røykt, røsted og noe salt. Kompleks og spesiell øl. Et kvalitetsøl. Fin passende fylde.

3.8
Franckg (1920) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2016 Bouteille avec un BB du 27/11/2017, batch 941 sûrement embouteillée en novembre 2015 selon les différentes évaluations donc bue après 13 mois. Robe brune très foncée pratiquement noire et surmontée d’un col de mousse brun et onctueux qui s’efface rapidement. Arômes de tourbe fumée, mûres confites, pruneau, chocolat au lait, malt grillé. Notes de grains de café et d’amande. En bouche, bel harmonie entre le malt fumé et les saveurs de café et chocolat. Par la suite, un peu de pruneau séché, mélasse brûlée, umami (bouillon de boeuf, jambon fumé...). Belle texture lisse et onctueuse, corps moyen. Rien à voir avec les bières de Noël épicées et sucrées et franchement intéressante.

3.8
hackobock (4073) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2016
December 23, 2016. Bottle, batch 655, brewed September 19, 2013.
Dark brown almost black with a large creamy tan head. Aroma is malty, fruity and light smokey with dark bread, toffee, canned peaches, some roasted notes, licorice and light earthy spiciness. Taste is light to medium sweet, slight warming, smooth bitterness. Medium to full bodied, soft to average carbonation. Finish is sweet malty with toffee, dark bread, licorice, light smokey and spicy notes, some roasted bitterness.
Smooth malty and nice smokey note.

4.1
bluejacket74 (1996) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2016
500 ml bottle, Batch 918, brewed on Sept. 15, 2015 and bottled on Oct. 13, 2015. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a very dark brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and smoky, the brew smells like smoked malt, molasses, chocolate, and dark fruit. For the most part I think the taste is like the aroma, but there’s also some woodiness and Tootsie Roll flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick and smooth with a low/moderate amount of carbonation. I think it’s a good overall brew, I liked the smokiness in it. The smoke is there, but it doesn’t overpower the rest of the brew. Definitely worth picking up! $8.99 a bottle.

4.7
MetalNHopHead (2277) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Most of the American brewing winter market tends to hearken to the English Strong Ale tradition with brown-colored (and often spiced) catch-all Winter Warmers. HaandBryggeriet Bestefar will make you wish more brewers looked to Scandinavia instead. Bestefar is a brown beer with tons of smoky, savory umami character. It tastes like cured, smoked meat with lots of rich malt to go along with it. It would work beautifully as a companion to the Christmas ham, or it could be enjoyed all by itself as an evening closer. Hard to go wrong with this.

4.1
HuskerTan (2454) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle. A- Savory, teriyaki, soy sauce, wood, smoke, jerky. A- Dark red mahogany color, clear liquid, beige head. T- Jerky, teriyaki sauce, wood, umami, smoke. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, savory finish. O- Like a mix between a sahti, scotch ale, and smoked ale. Lots of goodness going on. Smoke, umami, fermented sauce, delish! If I come across more I’ll be stocking up. Balanced and tasty!

4.4
kevinsenn (2310) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2016
On tap at Refuge. Smoky spicy molasses aroma. Sweet and bitter with big vanilla and smoke notes. Rich and chocolatey with a smooth finish. Great.

3.7
Tjomleif (284) - NORWAY - NOV 27, 2016
33cl bottle. Taste is brown bread, dried plum, raisin, warm spices, hint of smoke, bit of chocolate and char/roast, and molasses. Finishes malty, dirty, some alcohol. Nice one.

3.7
fombe89 (4236) - Asturias, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2016
Botella. @Cimmeria, Oviedo 25/11/2016 Color marron, sabor caramelo, malta, ahumada, rica

3.7
MGantzel (274) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2016
Denne stout har et sort udseende med et svagt brunt skum. Øllen har en sød karamel aroma og smager deraf med smag af kaffe og noter af lakrids. Bitter afrunding. Medium karbonering.


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