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

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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
str023 (123) - Stokmarknes, - NOV 26, 2012
Bought at Vinmonopolet Sentum, Troms. Thick airy head with a dark brown body. Looks tasty! It took some time for the foam to settle, but after a while it made up a creamy beige cap on top. Roasty aroma of roasted malt and roasted coffee beans. Dark chocolate, mocca and coffee in the finish. Dried fruits in the aftertaste with hazelnuts and spice. Much enjoyed!


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1579) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HuskerTan (1803) - Kearney, 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 Ill be stocking up. Balanced and tasty!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinsenn (2052) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tjomleif (164) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fombe89 (2389) - Asturias, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2016
Botella. @Cimmeria, Oviedo 25/11/2016 Color marron, sabor caramelo, malta, ahumada, rica

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MGantzel (248) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2016
Denne stout har et sort udseende med et svagt brunt skum. llen har en sd karamel aroma og smager deraf med smag af kaffe og noter af lakrids. Bitter afrunding. Medium karbonering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerGantzel (336) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2016
Aroma of coffee and chocolate with spicy notes. Black with a little light brown head. Medium-high sweetness and light-medium bitterness. Creamy texture, full body. Very tasteful Christmas ale.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
josanguapo (1231) - SPAIN - OCT 15, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2016 From Zombier. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 4x10-11. Pretty smoky, not so much to make it disgusting but enough to not make it easy to drink. ABV well hidden. Low on foam

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OminouSC2 (499) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2016
Dark brown ale. Herbal armoa, (my wife mentioned shampoo), some chocolate. Starts off with some dark malt and chocolate, some spices and a slight bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (2906) - GREECE - JUL 6, 2016
500 ml bottle. Dark brown color with beige head. Malty aroma, caramel, some chocolate notes, dark dried fruits, some smoked notes, spicy too. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.


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