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


on tap

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RATINGS: 405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (4162) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 13, 2012
Keg at Craft. Dark brown, almost black. Aroma is chocolate, bit of smoke, dark fruit (blackberry maybe), touch of spice, bit milky coffee. Taste is very fruity, with a whiff of smoke. Bit sweet too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (5843) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with a trace of tan head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, licorice, dark fruit, and light roasted malt. Flavor is heavy sweet malt, light earthy hops, and heavy dark fruit esters; sweet finish. Full body, low carbonation, and high warmth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11845) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2012 Big roasted malt aroma. Very dark brown pour, with a small white head surviving. Richer sipping taste as warmed, easier drinking before room temperature reachedGood drinkability. Bottled August 2010 and aged well, with appropriate carbonation right there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeliriumT (534) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2012
This beer pours the way a good Norwegian ale should, jet black with a chocolate brown head. It smells of dark malt, coffee and smoke. It tastes sour and has hints of coffee bitterness at the back of the palate. Extremely tasty Norwegian. Keep em coming haand bryggeriet!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmongoose (2440) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle poured almost black with brown frothy head. The aroma of roasted malts. Bourbon barrel aged. Flavors of chocolate and coffee and spices. Very good beer. Wanted more but sharing. For me also had a mild smokey flavor to it could have been the malts though

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (2297) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 21, 2012
21/01/2011 Brasserie 4:20 (tap). Bruna, riflessi mogano, schiuma biancastra sporca, non molto abbondante e poco persistente. Aroma di malto, note di tostato e cioccolato, erbaceo e spezie. In bocca complessa, calda, suggestiva, ma un po troppo complicata. Note di malto, dolce, leggero tostato, spezie, erbaceo, luppoli, leggerissimo affumicato. Corpo medio-pieno, consistenza oleosa, carbonazione soft. Un po sgraziata, ma buona. Da sorseggiare davanti al camino.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (6226) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Bottle. Batch # 384. Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and spices. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and spices. Rich and creamy. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Black and hazy with a small tan head. Smell is cocoa, malt, vanilla, booze. Taste is lots of cocoa with booziness, lightly toasted malts, and caramel. Overall flavor fades to booze on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (3022) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Surprised to see this in AZ and had to pick up a bottle. Lots of dark fruit, raisin, juniper, cocoa, molasses, and toasted marshmallow in the aroma. Flavor also has the juniper forward accompanied by brownie, bakers chocolate, cherry skin, toffee, and spice. Little smokey as well. Chewy...pretty complex brew. Great holiday treat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Batch 384. Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears black in the glass with a frothy, two finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Spicy aroma with some smokey, roasted malt and dark fruit notes. Hints of pepper, juniper and licorice along with some toasted oak and deeply roasted dark malt. Medium bodied and slightly oxidized with heavy carbonation that mellows out as I work through the bottle. Very dry and roasted with lots of dark malt flavor and wintry spices. Hints of burnt toast, smoke, coffee bean, dark chocolate and oatmeal along with some peppery spice and sweet fruit. Sweet hints of juniper, cranberry and dark cherry as well as some anise/licorice. The high ABV is well masked with no heat to speak of. As it warms the malts become more prominent but the tart fruit and spice notes are still there. A decent winter porter but not something I would buy again.

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