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Porter - HaandBryggeriet

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very good

87 Reviews

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 114
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of Mitchster
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand delivered fresh from Norway thanks to good friends. No specs per the website. 6.5% ABV per the bottle. Batch 719 BBF 5/1/2015

Pours out to a hazy dark brown, forming a modest tan head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. The nose is of carob, dates, black walnut, and a touch of roasted malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a well balanced acid bite from the hops and carbonation and a medium body. The taste is a recap of the aroma. Lots of carob, some dates and prunes, a touch of light roast coffee, some flavor hops (Willamette?), a touch of chalk towards the finish, and roast and hops lingering in the finish with a well balanced bitterness. No off-flavors, aromas.

This is a well balanced traditional porter, kinda reminds me of a lighter version of Founders Porter. Many thanks to Erland and Ani for this one!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, with that same amusing fingerprint overlay pattern that suggests someone (with a large hand) gripping the label.

This beer pours a solid black, with faint basal cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, frothy, and densely foamy beige head, which leaves a decent array of bonsai tree lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of well roasted bready caramel malt, a touch of dry cocoa powder, bittersweet coffee, licorice root, faint, almost sour lactic notes, and leafy, somewhat vegetal hops. The taste is gritty baker's chocolate, lightly toasted caramel and pale malt, charred coffee beans, tart generic black fruit, spoiled skim milk, a bit of fleshy dry nuttiness, and further earthy, weedy, and moderately vegetal hops.

The bubbles are fairly evenly distributed, and mostly benign, the body on the lee side of medium weight (a bit of a cardinal sin for the style), and smooth, in a halting, sort of pithy manner. It finishes off-dry, the malt thrashing through its death throes, the cocoa and coffee carrying on as if they were camping out in a Starbucks, and that vegetal astringency hung out to dry, but making a lot of noise about the fact.

I don't know exactly what puts the 'Norse' in this Norse Porter, so all I can do is point out the deltas between it and the standard-bearers (for the American and English varieties alike). HaandBryggeriet hits a fair lot of the normal notes, but it really comes down to two things - its unbearable lightness of being, and that weird green veggie persistence. Not something I'd recommend, if you're looking for a world-beating example, I'm afraid.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Color is dark brown with tan head leaving a little lacing
Dark fruit chocolate alcohol coffee in the smell
Dark malts, some coffee and chocolate notes in the taste
Mouthfeel is ok, not too much carbonation, seems to be missing
Overall this is a decent porter

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with some strong dry coffee notes is very interesting. Taste is also dominated by dry roasted malt with huge coffee notes which are well balanced and avoid entering into astringency territory. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable beer with strong roasted/coffee notes.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst. For reference, this was called the "Norse Porter" there, but it's the same beer as what is generally called their "Porter".

It's a good looking beer from the outset. A firm, porter colour with a fairly pronounced clarity to the body. Head is gorgeous and thick, and sticks around in its deep creamy brown crest until the bottom of the glass. Looks great.

Nose is mostly on the money, especially with a pleasant dark, toasted bread character that permeates and gives most of its body. A slight nuttiness raises a little sweetness as well. There's a hint of something vegetative to it as well, and some minerally chlorine notes, but they're minor things, and don't detract much from the basis.

Taste follows similar lines. Firm bready characters through the middle, with a lively sweetness akin to roasted hazelnuts. It gets a little thin around the mid-palate, with a slight char on the back which is more pronounced than it needs to be. Mouthfeel is excellent though, despite the suggestion of thinness to the flavour.

All up, it's actually a very good, well put-together brew. There's plenty of flavour, and it's remarkably drinkable for what it is. I always like Haand's beers, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red-tinged brown. Lovely dense beige head. Lacing is wonderful, a beautiful curtain left around the glass. Looks awesome.

Smells boozey. Spicy, touch of tequila and definitely lacking in classic portery notes. Bit of chocolate but overwhelmed by booze.

Taste is a bit more portery; chocolate with touch of smoke and char. Bit of booze, but largely dark strength on the back. Good toasty chocolate sweetness, still a bit big though.

Smooth enough; bit of boozey coating to the tongue though.

A bit big, which detracts from the nuance it may have had. Disappointing from Haand.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Norse porter, eh? Perhaps a style on its own, b/c this one has a bit of twang to it.

Pours a dark brown/ruby/black with huge foaming head that looks like a chocolate malt foam.

Aroma of coffee, black licorice, dark plum and chocolate. coffee stands out the most

The flavor is a bit odd. Coffee and milk chocolate are the key factors. It's a bit sweet, but more like a spoiled sweet. It has some tartness, I think, to it. Smooth, but the bubbles/head up front betray this. I thought it would have been more tingly, but it's pretty smooth. Plum skin seems to be the tannin.
Overall a nice drinkable porter, even if it is a bit odd. Not bad at all

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Norse porter- My 500ml bottle is different than the one in the picture. BA redirected me to this porter.

Immediately comes off as over-carbonated. A gentle pour resulted in 90% head. The head does look great, and holds like a champ: pillowy, tiny bubbles, and tan colored. The body is opaque and black.

Smell of coffee and chocolate malt. Some sweet smell in there. Almost comes off as a charcoal or ashy aroma.

Body is surprisingly thin, which may explain the over carbonation. It does leave a thick residue on the tongue, but high carbonation and thin mouthfeel are very strange on a porter. The carbonation is sharper than soda on the tongue. Yeast flavor is fruity, mixed with a slightly tart kick. And overall its very boozy. I found it much better after letting it sit for an hour or so. The carbonation and acidity go down, and it became substantially more drinkable.

I straight up don't like it. I love porters, and I love this brewery. but this beer…. Yikes. This tastes like it went south in the bottle with some lactic acid producing bacteria.

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Photo of DARIVA
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a black colored beer with minimal head.

S: This beer is sweet and smells of coffee and chocolate.

T: This beer is slightly sweet and a little on the weak side.

M: This is what is weak and has little carbonation.

O: Good drinkable and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head with good retention. Aroma of dried fruit, toasted malt. Thin porter flavor up front with usual dark malts, hint of wood, dark fruit. Dry middle and dry, slightly sour finish. Malts perk up a bit in the middle when warmed up, but still tastes watered down. Dry finish seems more like an Irish porter than an American one. Very flat, watery finish. No bad flavor notes, but nothing outstanding either. At $10 a bottle, not going here again. Like another reviewer, my bottle was labelled "Norse Porter" and had an ABV of 6.5.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into pint glass, batch 158, bottled 5/8/2008. Pours a nearly pitch black color with a small 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, biscuit, wood, herbal, and a touch of smoke. Nice and pleasant aromas; with good strength and balance. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, raisin, licorice, biscuit, herbal, coffee, and slight smoke. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, biscuit, licorice, and raisin on the finish for a good bit. Very nicely balanced flavors, with a nice big malt backbone that is not cloying. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed at all as expected. Overall this is a very nice and pleasant porter. Nicely balanced and robust flavor profile; and very smooth. Really enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch Black, pours a chocolate coloured head with hints of sediment.

Aroma: Very rich malty chocolate and coffee. Strong roasted aromas with a hint of smoke. Some alcohol.

Taste: Surprisingly strong alcohol taste, although it's not such a strong porter. Roasted malt and dark chocolate, like a strong espresso; some bitterness too.

Mouthfeel: Soupy, full bodied.

Overall: I feel like this could be a great porter, but somehow the alcohol comes through too strong, and it feels like they've tried to pack a little bit too much into this beer. Still, it's a great porter and certainly differs from the standard. One point worth noting: when I opened the bottle (cool room temperature), I got a huge burst of foam and beer coming out. I lost a portion of the bottle due to this, but more importantly this suggests that the post-fermentation has gone a bit wrong. That may be responsible for the strong alcohol taste as well -- indeed, it's possible that there's more alcohol here than stated.

Another point: my bottle was bought from the US, imported by 'Shelton Brothers'. It's labelled as 'Norse Porter', but BeerAdvocate tells me that this is an alias for HaandBryggeriet's porter. That's probably the case, but there's another deviation: BeerAdvocate reports the ABV as 6.0%, but my bottle says 6.5%. So clearly there's something strange going on here...

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Photo of bruachan
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

certainly foamaliscious. daaark

airy, smokey, soy saucey, gritty, raisiny. a touch of caramel that doesn't seem to show in the flavor profle

a love quaffable porters! not a thick sludge, by any means. short on strongly roasted flavors and long on soy sauce and strong raisin flavors. detectable bitterness. savory, in a way.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into tulip 10/7/11

A looks like a glass of cola right down to the massive noisy Pepsi like head that leaves no lace

S some sour apple with some milk chocolate, mild smoke and faint booze

T more milk chocolate with a little raisin, no sour apple and even less smoke

M turns to foam in your mouth, almost need to flatten it by swirling before it's suitable to enter you mouth

O a big disappointment after Odins Tipple let me tell ya, I'm hoping its a bad bottle because this is shit compared to Dark Force or the above mentioned

perhaps I still have some of the Peated Black Hole in my mouth but this wasn't anywhere near as good as the other offerings I've had from these boys

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Photo of GRG1313
2.36/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Batch 79 (Brewed June '07; Best before June '10) Tasted and reviewed same date - March 18, 2011 - past bottle best date.

Another of the Park Lane, Lancaster, Calif. purchases - bought off shelf 4 years old and tasted/reviewed date of purchase.

Pours black with a thick and firm dark khaki head that's long lasting; nice looking.

Nose is very assertive plumed sweet black coffee; sweet dark chocolate; molasses and burnt honey.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery without character.

Flavors are a bit "old" and likely past prime (per bottle date). Flavors are a bit like citric coffee and very light chocolate milk - not good but not bad. Only strength is in the finish where there is a long and nice light acidic coffee character. Likely not one to drink again and past its prime.

This is an example that not all porters will improve with age and clearly a brew from 2007 likely should not be cellared for 4 years.

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Photo of woemad
2.89/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1pt.9oz. bottle purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho, for $8.99 a couple of months ago. "Batch 158," according to the label, which also states it was brewed on "08.05.08." and is best before "08.05.10." Whether the 8 means August 5th or May 8th, this is officially beyond the best by date. Kinda wished I'd noticed it before now. Incidentally, the label also states this is a "Dark Porter." Now I have friends in Norway, and have tremendous respect for their nation's ingenuity, but does this mean the Norwegians have created a new variety of beer called a light porter?

Pours a dark, dense color that could be either brown or black. Holding it up to the light makes no difference except for an almost imperceptible rubyish tinge to the extremities of the beer. 1/3 of an inch of tan foam was initially at the top of this beer, but it soon receded to a foam ring.

This beer smells of dark fruit, molasses and bourbon. The latter comes as a surprise given that the label only claims an abv percentage of 6.5. Was this aged in whiskey casks? There's certainly no mention of it on the label, and that's the kind of thing that is normally trumpeted to the skies.

Very acidic tasting beer. The dark fruit and molasses scents don't translate very well to the taste. Weird, and not pleasantly so.

Surprisingly watery body and dry, prickly mouthfeel for a porter, "Dark" or otherwise.

Not too impressed with this. While it is entirely possible this beer suffers due to its age, the reviews of fresher bottles don't seem too great, either. I think I'll pass this up in the future.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Norse Porter ABV 6.5
Batch 208

A - Black. HUGE tan head. It may have been my glass... but no other beer poured into it has done that.

S - Dry hay smell, roasted malt.

T - Burnt malt dominates the beginning and middle, ends with a bitter aftertaste. A solid taste, though not complex.

M - Moderate body, medium to high level of carbonation.

D - Good overall, but nothing too special.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Batch 208. It may not have been on-tap (is it ever?), but I'll take it from the bottle here, too. It pours a lovely black-brown topped by a steady finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, juniper, clove, nutmeg, and a light bit o' chocolate. The taste is very similar, with some nice additions of coffee and cola. The body is on the thicker side, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice porter, another success from the Hand.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Durty Nellie's in Palatine, IL

This beer pours a nice deep dark brown color that was almost black when looked at, ruby fringes showed it to be a stout not a porter, but the light brown double finger of foam head said otherwise. The smell is of smoke, and lots of it. There is some coffee and cherry syrup aroma as well. The taste is extraordinarily similar to the smell with the cherry and raspberry fruit esters in the background of a heap of smoked and roasted malts. This drinks very very smoothly, and is overall a super smokey porter. As for a Norwegian beer, this is pretty good in my opinion, and I would recommend it to anyone who I would think would like the style.

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Photo of jikvig
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a high, moccacoloured foam.

On the nose, burnt coffee, kinda like a bitter tone with a smell of alcohol.

A lovely, clean coffee flavour, almost like drinking coffee beans. Dark chocolate, with a lot of cocoa. The sweetnes balanced the little of bitternes there was.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a creamy 2 finger cap of tan foam, coffee like. Some lace.

S: Nice roasty smoky dark malt smell, very inviting.

T: The taste comes a bit back to Earth as porter goes in comparison to the nose. Dominated by bittersweet (not dark) chocolate. Mild hop character.

M: Smooth and creamy. Medium-bodied, dry finish.

D: This is squarely an American Porter. Very good flavour, almost like a beefed up Black Butte. Well worth a try.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 208. Brewed 20.01.09. Best Before 20.01.11

A - Clear dark brown with ruby highlights. Huge, quickly formed, long lasting tan head.

S - Dark malts and melanoidins reminiscent of dark dried fruits (prunes and raisins). Toffee and caramelly malts, a little bit smokey.

F/M - Chocolate and toffee with the same dark dried fruits that were detectable in the aroma. Toasty/bready malts. Slight acrid burnt sourness. Very bitter and a little earthy. Effervescent and kinda fizzy. Medium-low mouthfeel with excessive carbonation. Clean aftertaste with just a hint of lingering coffee flavor.

D - Ok, but the high carbonation and acrid burnt sourness make it quite challenging to do more than simply sip on it. Not one of my favorite offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark burnt brown but mostly black in low light. A slip at the bottom of the glass glows dark amber. A huge capping of cocoa hued foam sifts up very frothy and solidly like a sponge and sits with might. Hardly ever moving it keeps a heavy amount always residing. Some patchy lacing sticks across the glass.

Aroma is of bittered chocolate, milk chocolate, and stale dark fruits; that of dark cherry, dates, raisins, and a touch of some nuttyness.

Flavors don't disappoint as it stands at length with some tangy bittering dark and milky chocolate mixing well with a very well balanced and well rounded melange of dark fruity toppings that add some slight souring, but is sort of heavy and dark with dates, dark cherry, and raisin. Very Baltic Porter like and quite nice. The tang it carries goes right through to the finish with a nice little smack of malty goodness and touches of cocoa.

Medium bodyish with a slippery quick step to the tangy stuff but manageable within its hold as the flavor balance with the chocolate adds a nice complexity and counterpoint as it has a very calm smoothness about it while maintaining a nice gripping carbonation.

An enjoyable, subtle, flavorful porter. Seemingly very Norwegian and quite yummy actually. Something about its ease and balance made me like it more as I went along. But for $8 a bottle, its more for special occasions.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will pour a five+ finger brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted chocolate nose. Flavor is roasted to burnt chocolate, smooth. Batch #79, bottled Jun, 2007, best by Jun 2010. This aged very well. Pricey at $8.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Classy 16.9oz Euro-style slimline; brewed-on and best-by dates clearly marked, very cool. Sadly, this one got forgotten about, it's a couple of months past its date.

Appearance: Black beer; opaque, with just a bit of brown around the edges. Nice dark tan cap, though it fades to a thick ring and thin film fairly fast.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted grains, some earthiness, hints of bitter chocolate. Just the slightest hint of some booziness, light and subtle.

Taste: Lightly burnt chocolate, medium-roast coffee, light earthiness, some mild burnt grains. Simple and quite drinkable. Just a hint of dark fruit on the finish.

Mouthfeel: The one real downside here; a bit thin, esp. for 6.5%. Still, makes this...

Drinkability: Really drinkable

Conclusion: Really tasty porter. I would definitely buy this if it was readily available and (this is more to the point) not $6.99 a pint.

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Porter from HaandBryggeriet
85 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.