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

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on tap
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RATINGS: 407   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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4.8
davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle 500ml from Plonk. Masterpiece, with a unique combination of flavours and aromas. Nose of cherries, apple, and hints of butter. Taste is sweet and sour, with very long length and a dry finish. Palate is silky, with a full body. Black, with a frothy off-white head.

4.7
drpimento (3572) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Oh boy, what a beer! Pours with a large, thick, creamy, foamy, frothy, tan head with brown highlights that settles right down to a ring around the edge of the glass and no lace. Color is an opaque very dark brown. Aroma is complex with different spices, malts, cocoa, roasty, and toffee. Flavor is very similar and adding to that some fruitiness and some bittersweet flavors. Lots going on. Body is excellent and so is carbonation. Finish is a little boozy and fairly long with almost all the characteristics hanging tough. Good sipping beer although it’s good enough to take some mouthfulls, but the alcohol gets a little too bold. So, not quite a session brew.

4.7
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2011
On Tap at grünerløkka brygghus. Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. nose is rich, irish coffee, rum cake, chocolate, dark chocolate covered coffee beans, vanilla, bourbon, everything thats good in life. taste is rich chocolaty, with some roasted highlights. marzipan, chocolate covered cherry cookies, well balanced, an absolute knock out, not too heavy, intensely flavored. I haven’t rated a beer in a long time, but this beer sort of makes you want to stand on a mountaintop and scream how good it is.

4.7
MetalNHopHead (1893) - 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.

4.6
Cuso (8616) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle from Bierkompass. Black color with medium beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, junipers, smoke. Taste, starts strongly in peppermint, continues with charcoal, toasted malt, hints of coffee. Ends with spicy liquorice finish. Excellent beer for slow drinking.

4.5
ubergud (4) - - DEC 23, 2012 does not count
This nordic stout has some serious craftsmanship hiding under what might otherwise be thought of as a 'smoky-porter-stout' of a beer. Very smooth, smoky with hidden notes not found in other entries for the style ... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Darkness and so alive it started escaping the bottle when i turned my head after opening. Smells of a dark rich sweetness. A smooth full body rich chocolate with a sweet coal finish.

4.5
RuneStumo (2652) - Haugesund, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2014
25.03.2014. 0,5l Bottle. Vinmonopolet, Haugesund. Black colour with dark off-white head. Aroma is rich with notes of smoke and roasted dark malts. Very rich beer with very firm and good flavours of dark malts. Almost everythnig is nice and very well balanced. Moderate sweetness, that goes perfect to the alcohol strength, the smokyness and the dark malts. Thick oily mouthfeel, Very good texture. Aftertaste is bitter with flavours of everything mentioned before. OMG this is a good beer!!!!!!

4.4
jimhilt (2609) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 12, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2011 Pours a brown, three-finger head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Oak, chocolate nose, flavor is oak and sweet baked chocolate, higher ABV is hidden. Really good winter ale. Expensive at $11.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

4.4
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - DEC 28, 2012
Amazing. Aroma is coffee, caramel and toasted grainy bread, spices. Appearance is clean dark brown black color with light head. Taste is roasted espresso beans, burlap, caramel, slight yeast, but great mouthfeel. Palate isnt saturated with coffee, its just enough. Great balance of frain and coffee, with a lil hop.


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