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Nissefar - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
87
very good

159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Norway

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 06-17-2007

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Ratings: 159 | Reviews: 96
Photo of Reswald
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of BigRizz62
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of beardtongue
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of NYR_Rob
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Nissefar from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.