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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Imperial Porter
Drammen, Norway
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 323   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Norsk: De gamle norske grdsbryggeriene laget mrke, kraftige og fyldige l, som denne klassiske porteren, til alle hytidsfeiringer som jul, bryllup, begravelser, dp og lignende.

English: The old farm breweries of Norway made special beer- dark, hearty, earthy beer like this classic porter - for weddings, christenings, funerals or any occasion at all.

Aged in Akevitt barrels.

Editors note: ABV fluctuates. Formerly known as Akevitt Porter.

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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pako022 (5) - Mysiado, 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sigmund (7315) - 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 Ive had. Ever.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (5710) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2011 (*vintage 2009): Je la verse, cest brun trs sombre presque noir. Au nez cest le bois tremp de whiskey, la vanille, chocolat et des notes florales assez distinctes, a annonce une belle complexit. Ds la premire gorge on doit faire une pause devant les bnfices vidents de lage. La prsence en bouche est malsaine, onctueuse, riche et les saveurs se transportent aisment. Tout ce quon peroit au nez sy retrouve accompagn dun courant herbac assez improbable dans ce genre de bire habituellement. Finition assez sche.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
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. Ive never had Akevitt so cant 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

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (9398) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sokuzs1 (1233) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1858) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 19, 2017
There isnt tons of Norwegian beer in my area, but from the few Ive had, its pretty clear they how to make some awesome Porters. Speaking of things I dont know dick about: akevitt. Ive never had it and dont know much about what its 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. Im going to need to much more HaandBryggeriet in my life.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3530) - 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 ( cant smell some of other stuff as my snooter dont 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!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluejacket74 (1986) - 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. Its a mostly sweet and strong aroma. Theres 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, its slick and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, its smooth and just plain goes down easy. I think this is a very enjoyable brew, Ive liked the other beers Ive had from HaandBryggeriet in the past, and this one is likely the best one Ive tried from them.


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