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Porter - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
85
very good

101 Ratings
THE BROS
52
awful

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%


Brewed by:
HaandBryggeriet visit their website
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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

2.1/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

Batch# 78. Massive light brown head. Lots of multi-sized bubbles hold a great head together. Over-carbonated but not a gusher. Very dark, pitch black. Smells of a compost heap, or a pot of beef stew with an acrid burnt charred wood nose. Lots of carbonation, which unfolds the beer pretty quick. A bit thin on the palate. Big fermentation twang up front of lemon, wheat and barley husk. Charred wood flavor runs right toward becoming acrid. Beefy with a dead yeast or cooked vegetable flavor.

On the road to undrinkable, at first sip there seemed to be a little bit of promise but as the off flavors unloaded onto the palate with each sip it was harder and harder to take on.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 02:28:02 | More by BeerAdvocate
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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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3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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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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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

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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.

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

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Porter from HaandBryggeriet
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.