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


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RATINGS: 439   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
We make x-mas beers beers with the good old traditional flavour from the days when the old farm breweries made dark, hearty, earthy beers with lots of x-masy flavours. We make living beer, not pasteurized nor filtered. 7% alcohol, supplied in 50 cl bottles an d 30 liter kegs.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FinkBeer (15) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Unimpressive holiday ale, a lot of sediment distracting the appearance and a bit of smoke take away from what I look for in the nuttier Scandinavian style Christmas ales I've become accustomed to. Wanted to like it but the nose just doesn't finish and the finish doesn't close. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (10253) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle from Den Nordiske lhandel, Copenhagen - dark brown pour with beige head. Medium roasted and sweet malty aroma and taste, some caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, some herbal and spicy nuances in the finish. Interesting and enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
annunz123 (957) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Malty aroma with vanilla, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and alcohol. Flavor is rich and bittersweet, with chocolate, coffee, and nuts. Roast coffee bitterness in the finish, with alcohol and licorice. I wish other companies would follow this lead for their holiday beer. Nothing gimmicky--just a really, really good traditional beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3045) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2014
From the 500ml bottle. Deep brown pour with a thick off white head. Big thick body with lots of roasted grain and caramel taste that is very well balanced. Aroma is much the same, lots of barley wine notes of light roasted grain, caramel and fruity notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tandembrauer (1355) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2016 Bottle at home. Pours black with big light beige head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol, caramel, vanilla, coal, dried dark fruits, liquorice, smoke. Taste sweet with roast-bitterness. Silky mouth-feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Peter_L (1246) - SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
Flaska frn Oslo, tack frun! Mrkbrun vtska med lgt skum. Doftar av kryddor, brd och frukt. Kryddig smak med tydlig chokladfond. Haand kan ibland vara egensinniga men denna verraskade positivt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djoeye (4298) - Troms, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2014
Black brown body with clear dark ruby tones, tan head, rich crocheted lacing. Aroma; fruity hops, dark juicy malts, dark fruits, possibly prunes, sweet liquorice. Taste; soft juicy hops, dark dark malts, liquorice, fermented prunes, leads to a finish with dark chocolate, herbs and dark malts, lingering. Feels well bodied. Overall a very tasty evening sipper, sweet enough for yule-nisse-dad, yet with hops not totally forgotten. [50cl brown btl, abv7%, #783 BB28.07.17, [email protected] Langnes Troms 9 [email protected]me]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AAEA (266) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2014
500ml ($6.99) This was a really good proter like ale. It was smoky and toasty and had lots of good flavors. good beer to chill with. I like the lil story on the back too. thumbs up!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle; 500ml; courtesy of MadMItch76; batch number 191! An oldie! Appearance is black and opaque with a nice dark brown head. It simmers down to the edge-of-the-glass. Aroma is interesting. Old spices; cinnamon; clove; hey; grass; woody notes; some more spices. Taste is leather; chocolate; christmas cake; panettone; figs. dates, prunes, old leather, spices and coriander. An interesting and well-made Christmas beer. Slightly oxidised but its aged very gracefully. Great work from a top Norwegian brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (3347) - NORWAY - DEC 7, 2014
Shared bottle at annual yule beer tasting on board Fridtjofen 06.12.14. Very dark brown. Beige head. Aroma of star anise and coffee. Chocolate and vanilla in taste. Pine and bitterness in aftertaste.

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