Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Porter
Drammen, Norway


on tap

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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
The old farm breweries of Norway made special beers - dark, hearty, earthy beers like this classic porter - for weddings christenings, funerals or any occasion at all. Haandbryggeriet makes living beer, not pastuerized nor filtered. But re-fermented in the bottle to create a natural carbonation.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20807) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2017
Bottle shared in London - bought somewhere. Pours rich brown with a dense, frothy beige head. Dry milk chocolate in the nose, some dried fruits, light ash. Medium sweet flavour with rounded cocoa character, a little scorched earth, bittersweet cocoa. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and velvety texture. Alright balance in the finish, fairly dry and ashy, more bittersweet cocoa. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (3520) - NORWAY - JAN 16, 2017
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 16.01.17. Dark copper. Brown head. Aroma of dark malt, dark caramel and a hint of smoke. Excellently balanced taste, with dark malt, smoke and tar being balanced by hop bitterness and pine. A hint of liquorice. Fine aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koshack (1763) - Gdask, POLAND - OCT 31, 2016
Batch 719. Data do 05.03.2016. Dają 2 lata. Kolor brunatny, nieprzejrzyste. Piana brązowa, drobna, dziurawi się, ale bardzo trwała. Aromat bardzo przyjemny. Nuty palone, plus wytrawna owocowość. Trochę wytrawnej śliwki. Jest trochę nut karmelu i lekka kwaskowatość. W smaku wytrawny, lekko śliwkowy. Jest tez trochę nut wiśni. Nie jest to porter bałtycki, ale idzie w te stronę. Piwo po terminie ale nadal jest doskonałe. Świetny porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ston3s42 (234) - - OCT 31, 2016
Pitch black appearance with no head. Tastes of dark chocolate, caramel and smoke. Heavy body, low carbonation and a finish of metallic coffee. Rather coffeey

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (6099) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2016
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a opaque black brown colored body and a very good lacing. The mild aroma was vinous and brown malt. The vinous mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong dark malt aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of mildly vinous brown malt and dark malt. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (5256) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2016
500ml bottle @ Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury. Pours extremely dark brown, thin tan head. Aroma is charred smoked malts, dark berries. Taste is complex with wondrous smoked malts, slick chocolate, berries, more woody smoke. Just a lovely Nordic porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (3989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle from Bottle Baron. Black body with a thin beige head. Faint lacing. Aroma of smoke, coffee and plum. Flavour of berries, charred wood, brown bread, cigar and black pepper spice. Thin to medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. Soft fizz. An unusual Porter - dry and smokey.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (6235) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2016
Smoky plum and tobacco. Mahogany, thin tan head. Plum skins, coffee. Smoky overtones. Charred oak finish. Velvety, medium body, astringent, easy carbonation. A bit too fruity for the style, good intensity and complexity for a 6.5 ABV beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (15321) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2016
Bottle @ home. Opaque dark brown to black color with a medium sized dark brown head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, raisins, caramel, some chocolate. Taste malts, again roasted malts, caramel, nuts, raisins, a light hint of milk chocolate, malt bitter, earthy, lightly ash, slightly smoke, nice moderate to medium bitter finish. Medium body and suitable carbonation. Very nice porter!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (1606) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 15, 2016
Black with brown head. Smoke, roasted pig, chocolate and herbal. Slick, creamy, chili, floral and smoke finish. Overall: Does not get more Viking than this.

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