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Nissefar - HaandBryggeriet

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very good

150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Old Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 06-17-2007)
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Photo of Monkeyknife


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a rich dark brown with a thin tan cap.

Aroma of sweet malts, brown sugar, raisins, and nuts.

The taste is very nice with sweet malts, caramel, chocolate, raisins, sour cherries, and nuts. Nice mellow chocolate mocha notes in the finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

It's a bit past the holidays but still a damn fine beer. So drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 22:23:47 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Elfastball7

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-05-2011 05:17:44 | More by Elfastball7
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color with a 2" head that lasts a while.

Smell: malt sweetness, hint of chocolate, some soft spiciness, and a mild earthy quality makes up an interesting aroma.

Taste: big malt presence, with some licorice, chocolate, and a moderate bitterness. There is a mild smokey quality to this beer and a hint of spice showing up late.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp at the start, less so at the finish. Long aftertaste with this beer.

Drinkability: this beer has a nice flavor profile which keeps you interested for the entire bottle. Worth trying this one out.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 15:01:38 | More by Gavage
Photo of champ103


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2008 bottle.

A: Pours an opaque brown color, nearly black. This is a slow gusher, but manageable. The beige foam finally settles to a nice two finger cap. Good retention, and light lace.
S: Sweet malt up front that is lightly roasted. Lots of spices in the nose. Cinnamon and ginger. Vanilla and some chocolate as well.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet malt with some cinnamon and ginger. Piny flavors as well. Chocolate lingers. Lightly roasted.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, but smooth at the same time. Smooth and easy to drink. I am having no problems finishing the bottle.

This is interesting. I would not call this a porter, though this does have a few years of age. I have not had this fresh, so it is hard to say. Still, this reminds me a lot of Anchors Our Special Ale. In that vain, this is something that is very enjoyable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 04:47:23 | More by champ103
Photo of klipper


4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-04-2012 11:01:15 | More by klipper
Photo of cburns48


4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-23-2013 01:37:44 | More by cburns48
Photo of Jayli


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Publick House 12/21
Served in a tulip

A: This beer pours and opaque black with a 1/2 inch of brown head. Head recedes quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and smoke.

T: Taste starts with a bitter dark chocolate and vanilla flavoring before moving in to a nice rich caramel and toffee flavoring. Finish has a hint of licorice and a nice smokiness that carries through.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat crisp body with a thicker feel to the finish.

D: Goes down easily, very tasty not too filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. For me, this is a beer to sit with for a few rounds.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 02:51:19 | More by Jayli
Photo of BretSikkink


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with plenty of highlighting. Tanned head is about an inch initially, but recedes to a small collar and thin film on top. Good lacing that's really sticky.

Nose is quite rich, with dark fruit sweetness and some roast character coming in behind. Nice and powerful - it's great.

In the mouth it exhibits a nice complexity of flavors ranging from a mild coffee note to caramel, back to anise, with a hint of milk in the finish. A tiny bit of smoke is in there late as well.

Smooth, full mouthfeel with little carbonation, although the flavors are well enough restrained that the bubbles aren't missed. I'm impressed with this take on the porter, even if it's not exactly what an American Porter is normally like.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 02:55:42 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of MSandahl23


4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-13-2014 05:49:42 | More by MSandahl23
Photo of OldTime


4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-28-2012 02:22:22 | More by OldTime
Photo of beardtongue


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought the Nissefar on a whim for Christmas festivities. My family is hosting for the first time ever this year, and I have been running around making everything perfect - a huge tree, decorations, real garlands, candles, yard lights, stockings, fires in the fireplace, eggnog, everything. Who gets to host xmas is a little bit of a contentious point in my family, so I felt a lot of pressure to make things perfect. I made sure to point out the origin of this beer to my Norwegian family, too much probably, but in the end they were busy making gingerbread houses and playing with my son and shopping, and Nissefar ended up turning from one of my holiday touches into my little personal moment of appreciation, and for this purpose it served admirably and lets face it, mouthfeel etc was not even a consideration.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 22:09:10 | More by beardtongue
Photo of AOShabaz


4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-28-2013 22:25:02 | More by AOShabaz
Photo of Knapp85


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery is really quite special, everything they do is very unique. This beer pours out as a deerp brown color with a litter brown colored head. The smell of the beer has some chocolatey aromas blended with some dark fruits and stuff. The taste is a little malty, a little sweet and a little dry. The mouthfeel had a decent thickness to it which was nice. Overall this was a pretty good holiday ale. I'd enjoy having it again one day.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 18:21:00 | More by Knapp85
Photo of JAHMUR


4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-29-2011 03:48:56 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of Haybeerman


4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-25-2013 06:46:26 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of sveinungws


4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-22-2011 17:40:55 | More by sveinungws
Photo of jayhunter357


4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-30-2013 13:34:15 | More by jayhunter357
Photo of yemenmocha


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holiday ale or not, this one is a decent beer. Pours near opaque black, perhaps very dark brown with light tan head that is rather thick. Nose has a chocolate-whoppers candy sweetness to it. On the palate there's more dark chocolate coffee goodness with enough hops to balance it out so it's not overly sweet. Rather easy drinking for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 01:58:31 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of smithmd4

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-31-2011 07:09:40 | More by smithmd4
Photo of afsdan


4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-21-2014 01:50:27 | More by afsdan
Photo of KAF


4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-07-2014 12:38:45 | More by KAF
Photo of Paccamacca


4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-27-2013 04:19:11 | More by Paccamacca
Photo of JohnnyP3


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 191, purchased in Rogaland, Norway. Bottle appears to have a date this batch was brewed on (20 Oct 2008).

A: Very dark, would say opaque, with a respectable tan head. As the beer is consumed, it coats the sides of the glass with lacing.

S: Dark chocolate is the most noticeable smell. Also detected hints of cinnamon, spices, and dark fruits.

T: A pleasant dark chocolate taste hits you upfront and then quickly transitions to a medley of dark fruits, such as plums, dates, raisons and figs. The fruit flavors really cascaded across the tongue. Finishes off with subtle hints of dark chocolate. Flavors capture the holiday season well.

M: Velvety is the best way to describe it. Not a great deal of carbonation, but certainly not flat. Smooth.

D: Very respectable choice to drink by the fire on a winter evening. Excellent warming character to this beer. Not a beer to drink several of in a setting. Better suited to slowly savoring/contemplating. Could have gone for a second, perhaps.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 20:56:47 | More by JohnnyP3
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased from Leura Cellars.

Pours a pretty opaque and slightly reddish black (if you can have such a thing), with a pocked, large-bubbled faintly tan head. This dissipates quickly, only leaving a skeletal structure of big bubbles around the deep, black interior. Body looks somewhat heavy, somewhat fluid: it certainly doesn't have much stickiness to it, but it has some heft and hold very fine carbonation. It looks good.

Nose is rich, dark and roasted, but with plummy dark fruit undertones. Mild milk chocolate sweetness comes through, brushed with a liquorous, boozy brandy character. As often is the case with Haand's beers, there's a lick of smoke to go with it as well, giving a heartening, warming feel to the aroma overall. It's very good stuff indeed.

Taste is a lot lighter than I was expecting, with surprisingly little thickness or sweetness. Mild roasted characters come forward, with some cocoa-chocolate notes later on. Some faint cherry flavours round it out, but the back really just drifts away smoothly, and doesn't leave much of an impression on the back. Booze is well-hidden on the palate, though, without much prickle in the feel or heat in the flavour—the only hint is in the aroma.

Overall, I do like it a good deal. It's smooth and flavoursome, without being particularly heavy or bombastic. The faint Christmas overtones are there, but they're not overt, and it makes the beer feel more subtle and refined than it might have. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 06:14:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of John_M


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an American porter? Whatever. On tap at Max's today.

In any event, the beer pours a fairly dark amber copper color with OK head retention and minimal lacing. The nose is quite meaty and smokey, with a hint of sweet malt. It's a fine smelling beer, especially for those who appreciate an Alaskan smoked porter every now and again. I also get a considerable amout of smoke on the palate as well, with some underlying sweet malt. The smoke counters the malt flavor pretty well, leading to a fairly long, relatively dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long and drawn out finish. At least for me, the smoke is not a detraction at all, and so I think this beer's drinkability is pretty good.

While this beer is not the least bit porter-like in my mind, it's still a very easy to enjoy dark ale (which is how it's described on the beer menu at Max's). Interesting beer.

The folks at Max's assured me that this was indeed what I was drinking, which has me wondering if they might have tweaked the recipe. My review of this beer on tap is nothing like what I recall from the bottle version I had some time back.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2010 21:34:28 | More by John_M
Nissefar from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.