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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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fenrir (19) - Stavanger, - NOV 7, 2012
2012 edition (brewed 17.02.12) Highly carbonated (kinda a trademark for my experience with HaandBryggeriet) nice brown head(like thick soap) looking past the stinging carbonation its has a good malt sweetness, dark fruity flavours, a hint of resin and molassis, nutty aftertaste. If this hadent been as overcarbonated as it was it would be a almost perfect traditional Norwegian Juleøl ;) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5922) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Lots of smoke in both the body and aroma, was afraid it might disappoint as the last beer of the evening but it most certainly did not. Some sweet caramels. Just really delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (2922) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2017
Draft Half Pint at Cask Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico, London in Nov 2011 - Very Dark Brown (almost Black) in colour. Flat; Zero carbonation. Very Fruity; berries, juniper?, raisins etc. Spicy; ginger. Malty; roasty malts, toffee, some dark chocolate. Smooth. Sweet fruity spicy malty throughout. Surprisingly easy drinking for ABV. Very drinkable. (2011-11-05)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AnG_BrgNor (650) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2016
Flaske. Uklar brunaktig med noe skum som varer kort. Aromaen er bacon, malt, rsted, rosin og rykt. Smaken er bacon, rykt, rsted og noe salt. Kompleks og spesiell l. Et kvalitetsl. Fin passende fylde.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Franckg (1481) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2016 Bouteille avec un BB du 27/11/2017, batch 941 srement embouteille en novembre 2015 selon les diffrentes valuations donc bue aprs 13 mois. Robe brune trs fonce pratiquement noire et surmonte dun col de mousse brun et onctueux qui sefface rapidement. Armes de tourbe fume, mres confites, pruneau, chocolat au lait, malt grill. Notes de grains de caf et damande. En bouche, bel harmonie entre le malt fum et les saveurs de caf et chocolat. Par la suite, un peu de pruneau sch, mlasse brle, umami (bouillon de boeuf, jambon fum...). Belle texture lisse et onctueuse, corps moyen. Rien voir avec les bires de Nol pices et sucres et franchement intressante.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3851) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1955) - 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 theres also some woodiness and Tootsie Roll flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, its a bit slick and smooth with a low/moderate amount of carbonation. I think its a good overall brew, I liked the smokiness in it. The smoke is there, but it doesnt overpower the rest of the brew. Definitely worth picking up! $8.99 a bottle.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1743) - 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 (2044) - 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 (2146) - 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 (213) - 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.


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