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Porter - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
85
very good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
52
awful

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Norway

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 06-17-2007)
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-07-2014 12:39:55 | More by KAF
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jojohaaa

Norway

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-07-2014 09:24:31 | More by jojohaaa
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 00:40:11 | More by biboergosum
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Sensaray

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2014 06:27:28 | More by Sensaray
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 13:59:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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jagada

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-22-2014 02:44:09 | More by jagada
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-21-2014 01:51:43 | More by afsdan
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-02-2014 03:52:51 | More by OKCNittany
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2014 00:50:57 | More by lacqueredmouse
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-07-2013 20:24:46 | More by BillRoth
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.3/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 01:21:40 | More by laituegonflable
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

08-15-2013 17:05:31 | More by johnnyboy76
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

06-05-2013 09:36:35 | More by beernads
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DmanGTR

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-29-2013 04:34:26 | More by DmanGTR
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 05:12:41 | More by Mebuzzard
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 00:47:25 | More by mlazzaro
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-07-2012 02:31:49 | More by tripledbrew
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sjc483

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

10-10-2012 19:37:58 | More by sjc483
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CaptDavyJones

New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%

09-17-2012 01:09:45 | More by CaptDavyJones
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DARIVA

Netherlands

3.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 17:42:55 | More by DARIVA
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 20:49:41 | More by LiquidAmber
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 05:04:40 | More by superspak
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Arborescence

Finland

4.1/5  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...

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 23:08:27 | More by Arborescence
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disemgrowler

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -20%

03-01-2012 21:15:39 | More by disemgrowler
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LukeONeill


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-27-2012 05:14:57 | More by LukeONeill
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Porter from HaandBryggeriet
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