sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 17, 2010
Umm....Wow. Pours a very dark espresso brpwn holds a one finger head that fades into a ring. Aroma of raisin, toast malt, chocolate. Taste is big with a grape/raisin tone melding with a coffee accented milk chocolate. The body is well balanced not too big not too small, even. The barrell aging offeref some wood notes too. Most impressive. pako022 (5) - Mysiad³o, POLAND - APR 24, 2017 does not count
Appearance: Minimum yellowy/brown head nicely attaching to glass, deep brown color.
Aroma:Coffe mixed with whisky, chocolate pralines, and some wood.
Taste: a bit whisky gently warming your throat, a lot of dark chocolate pralines and old woody taste. Just perfect.
Sigmund (7816) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2012 Rerate, 500 ml bottle, batch #446, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger, as HaandBryggeriet Fatlagret Porter (Aged in Akevitt oak barrels). ABV for this batch is 8.2%. Appearance: the same. impressive. Aroma: much the same, but with stronger vinous and vinegary notes this time. Flavour: also much the same, but not quite as rich mouthfeel and flavour as when the ABV was 10%. Still very good. Original rating: 500 ml bottle, batch #225, from Vinmonopolet. ABV is 10%. Pitch black colour, big to moderate tan head. Lovely roasty aroma, notes of coffee, leather, dark chocolate, dark dried fruits, some oaky and vinous notes. The flavour has plenty of malty sweetness and roastiness, notes of coffee and dark bitter chocolate, some oaky notes, with a firm hoppy and roasty bitterness in the finish. I might not be able to say that the oak cask previously had contained aquavit, if I did not know, but this is indeed one of the very best Norwegian beers I’ve had. Ever. Marheb (5982) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2011 (*vintage 2009): Je la verse, c’est brun très sombre presque noir. Au nez c’est le bois trempé de whiskey, la vanille, chocolat et des notes florales assez distinctes, ça annonce une belle complexité. Dès la première gorgée on doit faire une pause devant les bénéfices évidents de l’age. La présence en bouche est malsaine, onctueuse, riche et les saveurs se transportent aisément. Tout ce qu’on perçoit au nez s’y retrouve accompagné d’un courant herbacé assez improbable dans ce genre de bière habituellement. Finition assez sèche. maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Heavy black pour with a load of tanned bubbles forming a head. Sweet and spicey dark malts surround the nose with additions of oak, cocoa and slight dark fruits. I’ve never had Akevitt so can’t really comment on that aspect of the beer but whatever the barrels have done to this is sublime. Very balanced, especially for an oak aged beer. Flavours take on heavy wood and dark fruits with moderate to heavy sweetness from quite a high dose of cocoa powder. A touch of ash and liquorice on the finish. Creamy mouth feel and a long bitter finish. Fantastic stuff. I want more for a long time to come
77ships (10771) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2012
Bedankt Belgbeergeek. 50 cl. fles gedeeld met Belgbeergeek & Sebletitje @ Belgian Ratebeer Winter Gathering of Ultimate Evil. Mijn eerste Akevitt BA, yay. Donker bruin, lichtjes zwart, mokka kraag. Ruikt naar zoete alcohol, zoetere, lichte melk, chocolade, mokka, cacao, heel zacht donker fruit. De basis bier is een heerlijke zoete porter van een prachtige brouwerij, de Akevitt geeft een interessante, alcoholische toets, die hier dan wel zeer aangenaam overkomt. Zoete melkchocolade, lichtjes verbrande mout, zoete mokka, lichte room, bitter chocolade toets, wat drop, zoetere koffie, de Akevitt geeft op het einde een aangename, alcoholische, witte sterke drank toets. Was lichter mondgevoel, gecompenseerd door wat romigheid. Een interessante rijping op vat. sokuzs1 (1519) - POLAND - NOV 28, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2016 Aroma: lots of chocolate, akkevitt notes, roasty, coffee, very complex.Taste: medium sweet, light bitter, chocolate, roasty, oak .Full body, very smooth texture. MetalNHopHead (2123) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 19, 2017
There isn’t tons of Norwegian beer in my area, but from the few I’ve had, it’s pretty clear they how to make some awesome Porters. Speaking of things I don’t know dick about: akevitt. I’ve never had it and don’t know much about what it’s supposed to take like, so I might have to revisit this rating after my ass is more learned. HaandBryggeriet Fatlagret pours near-black and thick. Roast, dark chocolate, herbal tree spirits, and a touch of smoke. Flavor follows the nose. This tastes largely like your typical roasty, rich Imperial Porter but with generous notes of juniper and earth. Viscous, stick-to-your-bones mouthfeel. Some warm booze. I’m going to need to much more HaandBryggeriet in my life. drpimento (3726) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Whoa, this is one heavenly beer, mmmmmm mm! Poured with a thick foamy frothy fluffy light brown head and a tiny bit of lace. Color is an opaque brownish black. Aroma is malt roast burnt sugar ( can’t smell some of other stuff as my snooter don’t work so well). Flavor is absolutely divine: Very rich traditionally classic sweet (but not overly so) porter. Body is thick full and round with the perfect carbonation - just enough fizz to balance the sweet fullness of the liquid. Very satifying. The Norwegians have given us another sublime product that easily goes with another that is near and dear the the hearts of us here in Wisconsin, the cheese slicer. Bravo to our brothers! bluejacket74 (1993) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2010
500 ml bottle, Batch #225, bottled 9/15/2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, dark fruit and some oak. It’s a mostly sweet and strong aroma. There’s a lot going on with the taste of this brew! I can taste roasted malt, licorice, caramel, smoke, oak, dark fruit, herbs, vanilla and chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s slick and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it’s smooth and just plain goes down easy. I think this is a very enjoyable brew, I’ve liked the other beers I’ve had from HaandBryggeriet in the past, and this one is likely the best one I’ve tried from them.