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

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gurthnar (5264) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle shared by Dohny. Aroma rauch, coffee, prune. Very dark brown colour. Taste has pronounced dark grains. Strong chocolate malt and roasted barley. Rauch is discernible. Warming alcohol present, but not disturbing. Light prune. Tannins are clearly present, but again not disturbing. Finish is dry, dark malty. It took me a while, but eventually I realised this is how I would expect a beer to taste if I entered a time machine and went 300 years back. Stellar.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leghorn99 (256) - roma, ITALY - OCT 9, 2015
Marrone scurissima, ai confini del nero; schiuma cremosissima, nocciola, fine e molto persistente. Dagli occhi al naso, leffetto comunque sempre positivo; aroma forte e pulito di caff, cioccolato al latte e vaniglia. Laspetto imponente, quasi regale, trova perfetta corrispondenza anche in bocca; teoricamente sarebbe una (robust) porter dallalcool modesto (6.5%), ma in pratica la birra quasi masticabile. Poco carbonata e morbida, avvolge il palato con una notevole ondata di caff e di torrefatto. Il percorso avanza senza sconti, con un finale dove emerge anche una nota di liquirizia ed una (inattesa) luppolatura, con resina e pepe che provano a pulire un po il palato. Lalcool si sente e riscalda tutta la bevuta, facendosi vedere soprattutto nel retrogusto, etilico e morbido, dove convivono note di mirtillo, caff ed alcool.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ArtificialCyst (743) - Szczecin, POLAND - FEB 28, 2016
Aroma: Nice soft aroma of chocolate with bit of coffee and hint of roastiness, also nuts and caramel, with time a lot of cherry, some tobacco. Appearance: Great head, dense and high, color is black. Taste: Nice sweet smooth taste, feelable chocolate, dried cherry, caramel, rosatiness, nuts, the beer is surprisingly full, bitterness is low, tobacco-like. Palate: Carbonation is low, body is medium-high, finish is sweet.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koshack (1539) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Foffern (1713) - Bod, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle shared with (and courtasy of) veitafaen. Has a black colour with a medium beige head. Wonderful aromas of anis, dark chocolate, lots of coffee, roasted malt and dried fruit. A magnificent roasted flavour as well with tons of coffee again and pretty dark chocolate. Burned dark wood in the end. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and above medium bitterness. A fantastic beer with lots of roastedness. Great with cheese!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (24077) - Tyres, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
Bottled, thanks Rune! Hazy dark brown, small head. Coffee aroma. Mid dry with medium body and soft mouthfeel. Woody and earthy with come coffee. Mid bitter finish. Gentle, yet really flavourful. Very harmonious. A winner!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skansen (16) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2014
Farge: svart med en kraftig lys brun skumkrans som henger en god stund. Aroma: sjokolade, mrkbrent malt og kaffe. Smak: svart kaffe, mrk sjokolade/kakao, krem og lr. Lav bitterhet

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rondphoto (4227) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Thanks, John Mays for bringing this from Party Source. Great aroma of dark malt, earth, and coffee. Heavy tan head that is two-toned, layered like a parfait, thick curtain of lace. Taste is earthy malt with toast that is burnt around the edges. Black coffee/chocolate and a bit of prune enter in the palate. A 50-50 split between bitter and semi-sweet lasts deep into a long finish. This seems like a lot more than 6.5%abv - great flavor without over-doing the coffee/chocolate, as good as a porter gets.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (8095) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle, kindly shared by Dohny. Dark brown color with medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, prunes, smoke. Taste, dark malt, dark chocolate, prunes, vanilla, earthy notes. Long coffee bitter finish. Tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CH-303 (2066) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - NOV 11, 2014
Appearance: Very dark brown, clear. Good amount of dark tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, roasted.
Taste: Very roasted, burnt, dark malt, chocolate. Warming. Nice!
Bought: Vinmonopolet (Norway), 500 ml, NOK 69.70
Info: 8/11-2014, BB: 3/3-2016


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