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Nissefar - HaandBryggeriet

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NissefarNissefar

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BA SCORE
87
very good

152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Norway

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 SolomonGrundy
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got the Off! Four 7" box set and am raging to Keith Morris!! Hell Yeah!

The tale behind this beer is hilarious. Look up the Nisse online and read about it. Great idea.

Pours a dense, dark opaque, deep brown. Very much like a thick Porter. A thin wisp of head comes up, and it's dark tan in color. Holy mackerel, the nose on this beer = awesome. Huge and robust and complex and - just incredibly rich smelling. I get lots of malt - some chocolate and some caramel. More of the former. There are many other things going on, though. A certain sweetness in there. Can't right place it. Also some kind of fruit - like molasses covered raisins. Maybe even concentrated cherry juice. Just unique and beautiful. Some allspice, too. Too much going on at once - it's hella rad!!

Yum, omfg...It's tangy, like a strong porter or stout. Lots of spice up front, some of the allspice but also something herbal, like juniper. This has alot of the same qualities that the '10 Anchor X-mas does. This is more "earthy", however. There's also a roastiness that the Anchor lacks. The finish is long and hoppy-malty - more malt than hops. Delicious and this beer screams X-mas to me. Perfect for Winter. 7% ABV. Here's the kicker - $8.99/half-liter so this is wicked expensive.

What I like most: The incredible aroma profile and "earthy" flavors.

What I like least: The price and the lack of head.

Verdict: ALMOST worth the insane price, and definitelt worth trying.

SolomonGrundy, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of muted roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate aromas. Also present are hints of licorice.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors with good amounts of dark chocolate kick things off. Midway through the sip very mild amounts of anise flavors work their way into things before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this beer didn't blow me away but I found it to be very smooth and easy to drink. Worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger beige head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Roasted chocolate nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is roasted chocolate and molasses. Pricey but worth trying at $10.00 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of baggio
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

3 months since xmas and i'm still not trough all of my xmasbeers. Time to review one more!

A: Dark with a huge, creamy, beige head. Looks promising

S: Licorice, Chocolate, Berries, Heavily roasted malt, coffee with cream, spices.

T: Syrup, Bitter chocolate, Spices, Anise, Burned coffee, salt, dried fruit.

M: A porter with a slight touch of fruit. Very refreshing burned aftertaste with a touch of fresh fruit. Different but yummy. Medium carbonation.

Something to enjoy after your christmasguests have left. Very good indeed. Try it!

baggio, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

AgentMunky, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Tilley4
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 163... Bottled on June 08, best by June 11..

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

This pours amazingly black with a very thick creamy foamy head of mocha... Extremely persistent head that never falls... Awesome lacing as well... A perfect porter....

Fairly pungent roasted chocolatey malts mixed with a damn surprising hoppiness that I can't believe is still present after almost 2 years in the bottle... There might be a little fruitiness here as well.. Pretty cool for a Christmas beer...

The hops don't come in as prevalent in the taste but they are still there.. The dark roasted maltiness and hints of fruit mix well together here... No real spice to speak of but that's fine with me in the world of often overspiced world of holiday ales... Its a little overcarbonated which isn't that big of a deal but a little more body would be nice...

Overall, an interesting take on a holiday ale... Went well on a cool late March evening accompanied by some smoked gruyere and wheat crackers...

Tilley4, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black with a very large khaki head that stays around throughout, and some lacing.

smell is of dark fruit, cocoa, some spice, and a little wild yeast.

taste is of dark fruit, cocoa, spice, a little pepper, some smoke, malt, and a few hops, ends somewhat dry.

froghop, Apr 03, 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 Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Halcyondays, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle - served up at recent scandanavian tasting at brasserie v

appearance: generous pour in a belgian tulip - creamy dark mocha body, light chocolate froth

smell: rich chocolate, sour cherry, woody, caramel, brown sugar, raisin

taste: Interesting porter - rich chocolate is met immediately with a tart cherry presence, oak, caramel, raisin. not nearly as extreme as the NG old english porter, but heading in that direction

mouthfeel: medium-thin body, light to moderate
tartness

drinkability: ok

dirtylou, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

This is not a porter, but rather an old ale, and it was labelled as such on the beer menu at Teresa's.

Served in a tulip glass, this beer poured a dark brown with a small tan head. Sweet, malty aroma, hints of chocolate, dark fruit, and spice. Taste of dark malts, followed instantly by a huge licorice profile, chocolate chips, and notes of spice and a slightly syrupy booziness in the background. Interesting and tasty. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, and quite drinkable. Definitely worth revisiting.

Rifugium, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was an inch of tan-colored, foamy/fizzy, somewhat long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A subdued aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Tasted of chocolate, coffee, raisins, and perhaps a little bit of licorice. A nicely done flavor.

M: An OK amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable porter.

avalon07, Aug 01, 2010
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 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 YankChef
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml pour into sam smith pint glass

appearance: Black with ruby tints on the edges not terribly thick in appearance, nice creamy light brown head with some sticky lacing

aroma: chocolate and coffee, a bit boozy as well, some black peppercorn, a bit of creamy milky ness in the aroma as well

taste: upfront a bit of sourness which i found surprising, sort of a currant cherry thing going on then fades to roastiness and more dark fruit flavors, the lingering finish is bitter espresso what a roller coaster... then on the finish after that its kinda like a charleston chew... carbonation is relatively low but i think that suits this beer

overall - interesting as always i love haand... this may bot be as good as the flemish sour but still worth a a try especially at half off like i got it for :]

YankChef, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of shleepy
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, or at least very dark brown. Thick brown-ish head with good retention.
S: Lots of caramel, roastiness; hints of spices.
T: Lots of coffee flavor, in addition to the caramel/roastiness/spices.
M: Surprisingly not too heavy. Smooth texture and medium body for the style.
O: A balanced holiday ale. 4

shleepy, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of sprucetip
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Batch 163, June 08. Poured murky dark brown, but with lots of activity on top. Fizzy tan head dissipates almost immediately. No lacing. Big yeast chunks in bottom of the glass when finished.

Roasty, burnt, and sour/tart influences blending uniquely with some malty sweetness. Floral hops struggle to be noticed.

Prominent but not overly dominant farmhouse type tart sourness leads. Some smoky roasty flavors underneath add a layer of complexity. Some fruitiness accompanies the sour tartness. Very mild bitterness and faintly noticeable hops.

Fizzy bite, medium body but with thinnish sensation. Light viscosity and gentle warming.

I was way stoked to find this in my remote town of 800 in SE Alaska, but had no idea what to expect, but this certainly wasn't it. I didn't know until I went to write this review that it was labeled an American Porter. I'm not exactly sure what category I would place it in, but not that one. I enjoyed it more and more as I nursed the sample, but wasn't thrilled upon first sip. I think the most defining feature of this is the moderate but undeniable tart sourness character that has me thinking "farmhouse."

sprucetip, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Richardberg
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glasses. Opaque, cloudy, dark brown with a huge head of tan foam. Slightly toasty malts, sour fruit, oak. Interesting combo, not quite what I expected -- not in a bad way, just not sure the flavor combo really works, especially when you put an elf on the label.

Medium bodied feel, mild carbonation, nice & creamy/smooth, didn't linger on the tongue as long as I'd like though. Alcohol bite was about right for a decently crafted 7% -- if you hid it completely, you wouldn't keep Santa warm, after all.

Enjoyed this beer but not for the expected reasons...will search elsewhere for true winter ale satisfaction.

Richardberg, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

WVbeergeek, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of JamesStreet
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

JamesStreet, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of asabreed
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 169. Bewed August 08th, Best before August 10th.

16.9 oz. bottle into a 12. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: Very much appearing like a Guinness: seemingly opaque but really dark, dark amber. A frothy, concentrated-looking head sits a top and leaves some big raindrops of lacing.

Smell: Interesting notes between roasted, sour, and chocolate. Seems more like a Belgian Porter to me here. This is certainly much thinner and less dark than many American Porters, so the roasted and charred are present, but balanced, and fairly minimum. Sour cherries and farmhouse yeast mix with the lighter yet charred chocolate.

Taste: Initially huge sourness, then mellowing into the Porter-like charred nature, coming into some fruit esters, more sourness, and finishes slightly and interestingly sour and bitter, with the chocolate, sourness, and mild fruit overtones, more like cherries or sour apples.

Mouthfeel: For an American Porter, this would be on the thinner side, though it's certainly a complex brew. A little more watery than I'd have liked, with carbonation nearly coming at the very end, oddly enough, and that's it. However, the lack of carbonation does enhance the ability to get more flavor at that point, so it's not lose-lose.

Drinkability: Solid and interesting, and though I would try it again, the price and limited availability make me want to go after some more of their other beers instead.

asabreed, May 27, 2010
Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

trevorpost, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured jet black in color with a tan head so massive that it filled half the height of the mug, which took a long time to settle down. It has very good head retention properties.
S: There are aromas of earthy hops, lightly roasted dark malts and spices in the nose along with some hints of chocolate.
T: The taste is rather complex and has flavors of bittersweet chocolate, chicory, coffee beans, dark fruits and spices. The hops contribute a slight amount of bitterness to the overall taste.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a minimal amount of carbonation. There's a moderate amount of dryness, which becomes more prominent in the finish. The alcohol also contributes a slight amount of warming sensations.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink, except that the head was so large that it took several pours into a large mug to empty the bottle. The amount of spices in this beer definitely makes it one that needs to be sipped.

Note: Batch 163, Bottled June 2008

metter98, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of MRsojourner
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

MRsojourner, Dec 26, 2012
Nissefar from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.