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

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This beer is our new X-mas beer for the coming season. Milder and less powerful roasty taste than Nissefar. More maltiness from the crystal malts and more fruity taste from lots of aroma hops, incl a hard to describe taste from our secret ingredient.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abstractbeer (241) - NORWAY - NOV 11, 2010
Batch 308. Brewed 2010-08-31. Best before 2012-08-31.

Pours very dark, close to black. A huge head forms immediately and I cant pour more than half the bottle before the glass is full. At the bottom of the glass there are many "underwater co2 volcanoes", where tiny bubbles stream out at break-neck speed! The head eventually tries to settle down, but takes its time. The consistency of the head is amazing - thick as a brick! Tilting the glass doesnt disturb it the least! Seriously, its the thickest foam Ive ever seen on a beer. I had to use a spoon and dig my way down! I could hold the spoon upside down, and the foam stuck to the spoon!

Ok, lets move on! Theres more here than foam! Initially the nose is coca cola, fresh hops and pine, then it turns into beautiful caramel and milk chocolate!

Aroma starts out quite hoppy, fresh and fruity, with some grassy notes, then it turns roasty, with earthy notes, and ends in a nutty aftertaste which then turn back into the hoppy goodness from the start! Very nice! Taste is mildly sweet first, and finishes with a good hoppy bitterness. Theres also that "Haandbryggeriet aroma" which Im not sure where comes from - the yeast? I taste it in most of their beers (and I really like it). Mouthfeel is nice and thick, and the carbonation is soft. Quite smooth overall. And overall a very good beer, complex yet easy to drink! Haandbryggeriet has been accused of being inconsistent in the quiality of their beers, but one thing is for sure: when they succeed, which they often do, they make some darn fine beer in my opinion!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (8643) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2009
Bottle 0,5 l. Batch # 190. Pours almost pitch black with a moderate tan head. Strong dark roasted malt aroma,prunes. Taste is moderate sweet, good roasted malts, noticeable liquorice, and a long lasting dry taste of strong espresso. Happy X-mas

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyit (3790) - Vadum, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2009
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of roasted malt, liqurice and prunes. A flavor of roasted malt, prunes, liqurice and chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2009
bottle 500ml from Alko 4,39 Batch #55 EXP Apr 09 dark brown beige head lively when pouring into glass roasted malts dryish bit licorice now. One year ealier I remember sweet and dark malts. Dryish afteraste

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RuneStumo (2635) - Haugesund, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 02.01.2009, 0,5l Bottle. Batch 104, Brewed sep. 07, BB sep. 09. The beer is black with no head. The beer is a little flat with noe head. There are also yeast residue in the bottle that dont desolve when i try to mix it. Maybe this have been standing still for to long. Aroma is malty and a little dry. Nice flavor of spice and hops. The beer tastes a lot and there is a nice hoppy aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
espenra (1006) - Kurland, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2009 50cl bottle. Batch 104 from Vinmonopolet. It poured a dark black colour with almost no head whatsoever. A rather disappointing start. The aroma is dominated by coffee and roasted malts, but spices and hops is also present. Hints of alcohol and nuts. The flavour is heavy and is also dominated by coffee and roasted malts. Spices are also present as is liqourice, hops, nuts and some alcohol. It has a long and lingering aftertaste. A very nice christmas beer indeed.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2008
Batch 54, cellared for a year. Dark ruby, huge soapy beige head. Acidic christmas appley aroma, christmas spices, maybe a touch of glue. Roasted malty flavor, spices, dry fruits, strong apple, tangy hops, little roasty chocolate and herbs in the finish. Yeast adds more tangy apple and ash. Quite light palate, with soda like carbonation. Strange but drinkable old ale, and even similar to Julmust actually.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Courtesy DaChzMan. Murky dark brown color, light tan head. Odd aroma, smells like stale Pepsi, mild funky caramel, spruce. General mild sweet taste with not much complexity behind it at all. Really mild and a bit boring.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (36179) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Bottled. A dark red-brown beer with a huge bubbly brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of dusty hops, caramel, nuts, alcohol, pistacio, and marzipan. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of nuts, caramel, dusty hops, roasted malt, and alcohol, leading to a dry finish with notes of molasses. The body is thin inspite of the alcohol note.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - FINLAND - JUL 28, 2008
Pours a dark brown colour with a large lasting head. Roasted malt aroma. The flavour is sweet, roasted and malty with notes of hops. Smooth medium-bodied beer. Quite good.


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