Porter - HaandBryggeriet
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3.99/5 rDev +6.4%
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!
08-07-2014 04:08:18 | More by Mitchster
3.6/5 rDev -4%
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.
06-19-2014 00:40:11 | More by biboergosum
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
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
05-10-2014 06:27:28 | More by Sensaray
3.56/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
04-21-2014 13:59:49 | More by Phyl21ca
3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
01-29-2014 00:50:57 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.3/5 rDev -12%
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.
08-21-2013 01:21:40 | More by laituegonflable
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
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
12-02-2012 05:12:41 | More by Mebuzzard
3.08/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
11-09-2012 00:47:25 | More by mlazzaro
3.6/5 rDev -4%
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.
08-22-2012 17:42:55 | More by DARIVA
3.4/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
08-03-2012 20:49:41 | More by LiquidAmber
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
05-10-2012 05:04:40 | More by superspak
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
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...
04-23-2012 23:08:27 | More by Arborescence
Porter from HaandBryggeriet
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