Nissefar - HaandBryggeriet
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3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from a half-litre bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Batch 307. Bottled 7 September 2010. Total bottles: 3240.
A: Fluffy, tannish head. Mahogany and opaque. Good lacing.
S: Old yeast, only slightly stale, slightly fruity. Chocolatey.
T: Two different pours (the first half and the last half, with the yeast) result in two very different beers. The first is fruiter (berries), more carbonated, and (to my mind) more interesting. The second half is very nice; tastes almost like a stout. It's sweet and full of chocolate, flatter and more old ale-y.
M: Kinda dead.
O: I quite liked this beer! It's done well in its two years of bottle life. Recommended. Would have again.
11-09-2012 06:36:34 | More by AgentMunky
4.23/5 rDev +8.7%
Bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA
Poured into a standard US pint glass
Nissefar combines smoked and roasted malt to very satisfactory conclusions in this winter-themed beer. The overall impression is of a sweet-smoke-stout with well-defined flavors that stand out, alongside a truly smooth and enjoyable mouthfeel that has both the right heft and carbonation levels. A definite one to revisit for sure.
Pours a very nice, medium-intensity tan head of super-dense, small bubbles reaching about 2-3cm. Head has excellent retention, taking many minutes to sink to a thick cap atop the beer. Leaves excellent lacing in its wake. Body is a dark brown to black, with a slightly lighter amber-brown color around the edges when held to a light. Carbonation is still visible streaming along the sides of the glass.
Aroma is pleasantly of roasted and smoked malt, not as intense as Aecht Schlenkerla's brews, but still noticeable This is supported by malt sweetness, mostly caramel, and some sweet cream component as well. Slight metallic (iron) tinge to back of aroma.
Tastes opens with some dark malt sweetness that quickly transitions to roasted malts, cream, and a bit of chocolate on the front of the palate. Smoked malt appears most at mid-palate, which becomes the central character that the sweetness, roastedness, and chocolate revolve around. This smoked flavor induces a mild sourness that prevents the other, sweeter flavors from becoming cloying. Closes out with chocolate syrup, leading to creamy roasted malts. Aftertaste is of mildly bitter roasted malts, char, smoke and coffee with cream.
Beer is medium bodied with fairly light, though still noticeable, carbonation, which produces a very smooth and slightly creamy overall mouthfeel. Phenols and ethanol provide very slight spiciness, appropriate for this winter-themed beer. The finish is very dry, again, seemingly on target for a roasted, smoky stout-like ale.
06-13-2012 04:28:05 | More by falloutsnow
4.28/5 rDev +10%
Batch #169 500 ml bottle
Brewed Aug. 08
Best before Aug. 10
This beer is technically "expired" - Cellared longer than expected (forgot about it). I think I'm fine aging an old ale 4 years.
Smells of fruity yeast and caramel malt. Slightly oxidized alcohol aroma. Interesting. Tan head over a dark and murky black beer. Brown around the edges in the light. Head didn't hold very well.
Flavors have sizable range and are curiously balanced. Ashy charcoal + dark caramel malts. Slightly sweet finish. True fruit coming from yeast, very raspberry-like. Hop presence is mild, and found in suiting bitterness.
Thinner mouthfeel than I expected, and sweetness is strong but not overbearing. Strange that the flavors are darker until the end you get a punch of sugar cane (bright sweetness). Warming to the esophagus from booze content. Smooth mouthfeel hides ABV well. Mild carbonation which I appreciate.
Pretty good beer.
I always appreciate a born on date. But I think I will decide when my beer expires, this was delicious.
04-25-2012 21:46:20 | More by mlazzaro
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
Poured from the 2010 bottle into a modified tulip glass, across the table from my beautiful brunette wife.
A - Huge, towering head, took time to settle down. Color deep mahoghony. Lacing forever.
S - Caramel, smoke, figs, some tobacco the good kind. Light booze and warm leather.
T - Smoked malts, hints of spice, snap near the end. Really pleasnt as it warms.
M - A little light, clearly balanced. finish is medium and happily not sickly sweet.
O - As a winter, holiday style the balance was spot on, not to spiced, oily etc. I applaud the group. Well done.
04-05-2012 23:59:05 | More by SABERG
3.53/5 rDev -9.3%
500 ml, a crazy gusher, beige-brown head and blackish liquid.Keeps on gushing 20 minutes later. Leaves behind enormous foam, that is at once a tasty malt, and also a weak body of licorice and spice. Aroma of licorice porter. OK drinkability, a pint is too much. July 2010 bottling.
04-01-2012 22:23:11 | More by Sammy
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
This brew was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a standard pint glass and gave a dark black coloring. There was no head to be seen, as the glass was full to the top, but rings of medium brown bubbles floated around the top. As the beer disappeared spots of lacing were left around the glass. Carbonation appeared average, and no sediment was noted. The aroma reminded us of a standard American coffee stout. The malts were deep, with a hint of smoke and roast. There was sweetness of caramel and cream, and a cutting metallic note. As we sipped, the flavoring began with sugary sweetness. This floated about a sea of porter-dark malts, mild vanilla, and bright lactic sourness. The middle moved forward, with the sweetness moving to honey, and the malts taking it to a step deeper. The smoke from the nose began here, which actually helped to pull things together. We finished with chemical phenols, more of those crisp and dark malts, and more of a general toasty flavor of fire. The aftertaste breathed of thick smoke, bittering grain, and souring alcohol, which was not very apparent until now. The body was light and the carbonation was medium. The feel to each sip was cooling and lightly coating, with faint metallic slickness. There is light cream and pop, but nothing spectacular. The abv was standard, and the beer drank easily.
Overall, what we found to be most enjoyable about this brew was the smoke. At first it was light and souring, making for a cleaner finish, but by the end it became an integral component of the beer’s complexity. Otherwise, this guy is fairly simple, staying true to style, except for a few points when it veered onto the pathway of the porters.
01-27-2012 23:10:26 | More by TheBrewo
3.68/5 rDev -5.4%
Batch 307, 07.09.10
Uncontrollable full hand of dark tan head. Creamy on top, but sudsy in the middle. Deep brown body.
Kinda metallic smelling with some orange, maybe spice. Not good.
Taste, on the other hand, is a different story. The orange tang, but riding on something that's between an RIS and a dunkel lager. Which you would think would just be a stout, but it's not. Alt is not actually the first thing that comes to mind. There's coffee and some spice, cinnamon maybe, and orange (rindy) and a bit of chocolate. Much nicer than the smell.
Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, not too foamy in spite of the massive frothing on the pour.
If it weren't for the smell, this would be great. As it is, it's still pretty good.
01-02-2012 23:37:49 | More by zaphodchak
3.85/5 rDev -1%
Appearance: opaque deep, dark brown, almost black body with a thick, creamy tan head
Smell: cherries and chicory; raisins; smoked peat
Taste: dark, roasted malts with chocolate. Nuttiness. Very noticeable alcohol warmth throughout. Tangy bitterness.
Mouthfeel: smooth maltiness with medium-heavy body.
Overall: after cleaning up the spillage from the bottle spewing upon opening (it wasn't shaken and was opened at around 55F), I proceeded to sample this bad boy. Definitely a strong beer with a decent balance between the complex flavors and the alcohol content. I don't know if this particular bottle was over-primed, but ignoring the 'exploding' bottle opening fiasco, this is a mighty tasty northern European brew.
12-30-2011 00:26:06 | More by beergoot
3.43/5 rDev -11.8%
Tried at a Julio's Monday tasting. Incorrectly billed as somethign that wasnt an old ale. Should have guessed...
A - Poured a deep, dark brown nearly black with a small offwhite head that faded to leave nice side lacing.
S - Smell is somewhat of a let down. Very faint notes of belgian esters, chocolate, and light fruits (cherries).
T - Taste is slightly better. The spices are slightly more prominant of maybe some allspice,with a bit more chocolate and light fruits. Theres a bit of a charred malt flavour too.
M - Mouthfeel is alright, though a bit thin for something thats 7% and an old ale. Would like it to be more full bodied.
O - Overall this beer was just alright. There are MUCH better old ales out there, and much better offerings from HaandBryggeriet.
12-29-2011 21:20:19 | More by rudzud
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
On-tap at Beachwood I for Winterfest, 2010 Vintage,
A: Pours practically black with a light off-white head. Some thick lace.
S: Some notes of spice, dark chocolate and sugar, hint of gingerbread.
T: Lots of dark chocolate flavour, never real roasty, porter like. Light hints of spice and floral hops, but a malt dominated brew.
M: Medium-bodied, certainly thins out a bit in the finish, soft carbonation.
O: A lower alcohol old ale, but it works fine. Good flavours, quite the enjoyable effort.
12-21-2011 01:39:21 | More by Halcyondays
4.2/5 rDev +8%
Had on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA. Poured a dark brown color with a minimal tan head that retained well, leaving spotty lacing. Had an aroma of dark chocolate, sweet malts, dark fruits and spices. Very enticing. Tasted primarily of dark chocolate, dark fruits and spices. Slightly yeasty and boozy.
Between medium and full bodied with low carbonation. Very drinkable...best saved for the end of a session due to the fullness in body.
12-19-2011 00:39:27 | More by MsRif
Nissefar from HaandBryggeriet
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