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Nissefar - HaandBryggeriet

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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
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 Bung
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up at Greens in Columbia.
Poured deep brown with a huge light tan head. Head dissappated quick enough though to a layer.

Toasted malt, chocolate, then some raisin and cherries. Some slightly strange fruitiness going on. Finishes a tad dry and some lactose like qualities. Not quite sure what to make of that.

A bit thin, flows down easy, but there just isn't enough body to hold this one together. $8 for the 500ml? will probably pass on this again.

Probably my least favorite that I've had from HaandBryggeriet, which is all right since the rest have been outstanding.

Bung, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Durty Nellies, one of the 12 Beers of Christmas.

A: appears pitch black with a short cocoa colored head. Not very good head retention, however, when this beer is swirled a nice frothy head appears. Decent lacing of dense white bubbles.

S: notes of deep chocolate and roasted barley notes up front among some oat character. This brew turns into a hop monster by the end with some big piny notes that complement the chocolate well.

T: not as much chocolate on the palate as the nose suggests (bummer) leaning much more towards the hop profile of the brew. The roast starts on the front but is quickly dominated by bitterness from black patent and hops.

MF: the body is a tad thinner that I would like for the flavor, silky texture, sharp finish.

D: this is a unique take on an American Porter. My first brew from Haanbryggeriet, and certainly not my last. The flavor profile begs for a bigger body and a bigger beer, but as it is, it is quite tasty.

homebrew311, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice.

Batch NR: 98
Brygget: Okt. 07
Best før: Okt. 10

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with the top 1/2" taking on an almond-y hue. Creamy dark khaki-colored head gives way to a bubbly ring and a faint whispy skim. Ropes and specks of lace are left behind.

S: Not at all subtle aromas of ripe dark fruit, molassas, cherry, dark chocolate, brown sugar, anise, and deeply roasted malt. Also noticed a very subtle boozy aroma like whisky or bourbon.

T: Big dark fruit and chocolate flavors with a healthy dose of tangy cherry, blackened malt, dark roast coffee, molassas, licorice, and cocoa. Oddly enough, a tart and lemon-y citrus flavor pops out during the finish and compliments all of the sweet and savory goodness going on before it.

M: Typical Porter thinness when first poured. Thickens considerably as it warms. Really cool mixture of sweet, semi-sweet, dry, and roasty.

D: I couldn't put down the glass! Every sip brings on a new subtle nuance. This brewery seems to have the midas touch with everything I've tried from them so far. I'm dying to find more of their bottled offerings!

GbVDave, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Okay so I know enough not to expect your typical old ale here as its Haand...
nice deep brown amber pour with quick head. Booze chocolate aromas...some fruit notes.
taste is where this brew shines...chocolate with lots of wood and fruit and a hint of funk. Its not nearly as acidic as most haand...but its got a funk for sure. Lots of leathery chocolate...
really super smooth mouthful..not even realizing its 7%.
overall a really nice brew.
yes its miles away from Bois and Kuhnhenn but its still a great brew

DrinkSlurm, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.
Batch 191. Brewed 10. 2008 and best before 10. 2010. Old red label.

APPEARANCE: Brown pour makes a one finger, medium looking, tan head what quickly fades to a wisp and ring. Black body and next to zero carbonation evident. Transparent around the edges. Ring remains and leaves a couple dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts and some roasted coffee beans. A touch of caramel and some cocoa poser as well. Quite mild, but what's there is nice.

TASTE: Some roasted malts, but a good dose of dark fruit, grapes, raisins and dates, and a touch of spices. Some bitter chocolate and roasted coffee notes on the swallow. Aftertaste is bold and lingering with dark fruits, grapes, some bitter chocolate and a touch of sourness. Pretty nice. Kind of a cross between a porter and a Belgian double.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Somewhat creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Fine here.

OVERALL: Quite enjoyed this Christmas porter. The nose could be a little bigger, but it had plenty of nice flavor and drank away quite easily. I've never had a fresh bottle, but if my previous experience with Haand is any indication, the ageing has mellowed out the carbonation and made it much more drinkable. Worth checking out if you get the chance.

Jeffo, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

mdillon86, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

vermilcj, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

atone315, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +16%

zonker17, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

BretSikkink, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

yemenmocha, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Jayli, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of bashiba
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep dark brown with a thick and creamy head.

The smell is loaded with rich dark chocolate and smokey roasted malts.

The flavor is very rich and malty. Loads of milk chocolate with hints of vanilla and caramel. A bit of dark smokey bitterness balances out the sweetness nicely.

The mouthfeel is creamy and rich.

Very nice. Almosy desert like in richness.

bashiba, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Monkeyknife, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

trevorpost, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of budgood1
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out of the half litre bottle an opaque cola brown colour with some auburn highlights. fair sized light tan head rises and recedes leaving some clinging lace. aroma of chocolae and toffee with some lactic whiffs mixing in with some other ripe red fruit notes. so far so good. the taste follws suit with some cocoa and sour cherries...plums...prunes...all wrapped up nicely by some moderate yeasty notes and floral hop nuances. smoky, burnt, sweet, sour and salty all at the same time...weird. medium bodied with a slightly oily and flat, slick mouthfeel. drinkability is just ok...although for me this is a one and done.

certainly brewed with the holiday spirit in mind. not sure what it might pair with food wise...maybe some chocolate covered pretzels?

budgood1, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of beergoot
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

beergoot, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of CoolEthan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

CoolEthan, May 15, 2014
Photo of brewcrew76
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 98
Brewed October 2007
Best before October 2010

A - Black with chestnut hues and a thin cocoa head with oily looking strings of lace.

S - Dark fruits, chocolate covered cherries, brown sugar, maple syrup, semi sweet chocolate and stale black coffee as it warms.

T - Leather and tobacco leaf mixed with red tea, dark fruits, nice sweet milk chocolate kick in the middle changing to bitter chocolate in the finish. Very complex.

M - Thin to medium with light carbonation. Very creamy.

D - This goes down way too easy. Seemed more like a Baltic porter to me but very nice and complex.

brewcrew76, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +3.1%

OldTime, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of goblue3509
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thick khaki colored head which leaves some nice lace on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate but then the aroma of sweet dark fruits, raisins, and plums. The taste follows suit, there is a chocolate backbone but then a belgian sweetness takes over before a big deep flavor of dark fruits takes place. There are raisins, plums, and red grapes that dance over the tongue. The mouthfeel is thick and moderately carbonated. Overall this is a very good beer, the taste is big and bold, it is a very complex solid beer.

goblue3509, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheBrewo, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jschott75, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Dactrius
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Dactrius, Feb 23, 2013
Nissefar from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.