Porter - HaandBryggeriet

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Norway

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Sigmund on 06-17-2007)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.1/5  rDev -44%
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.

Photo of brentk56
2.17/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Batch 78

Appearance: Massively overcarbonated, creating a huge head that sits atop the raven colored liquid; on the plus side, there is lots of lace

Smell: Burnt embers and acrid lactose, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate

Taste: Black bread up front, but the flavor turns rather acrid by mid-palate, with a burnt, over-roasted character that is, nevertheless, highly acidic; after the swallow, it settles down a bit, with some coffee and chocalate coming through, but the burnt roast flavors remain a distraction

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation; hard to wrap the tongue around the liquid, in fact

Drinkability: For the price, I was expecting something much better; very tough to drink

Photo of GRG1313
2.3/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of woemad
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle from Top's Liquor when I was in Tempe, AZ, on to the beer:

A bit chunky on the pour from the sediment. It is ebony in color, typical for a porter. The head size and retention are solid. There is a lot of cheap fruit flavor in the aroma...could this be an older bottle? A bit of an undertone of roastiness reminds me this is a porter, and black licorice notes are found. Taste...cherry and processes strawberry candies, dominating in a field of licorice and roasted chocolate bar. Flavors don't work together. This is a porter, right? Mouthfeel is mild, medium bodied, with a bubbly carbonation that pops out.

This beer must be better at the source than sitting on the shelf of a store at $7.99 a pop at room temperature. A little off-putting in larger doses, but hey...it's 10 times better than my experience with Bruge Stout.

Photo of disemgrowler
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of mlazzaro
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
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

Photo of SilentSabre
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Still unclear as to whether or not "I'm in the right place". The label on my bottle is distinctly different, and the abv is ,5% different, as well. Nevertheless, my review will go here for now.
Pour black with reddish highlights around the edges when held to a lamp. Huge two and a half finger (sand/eggshell coloured) head resulted from a somewhat aggressive pour. Looked nice in my Weford pint glass. Smell, to me, was nothing special. A bit grainy, really, with a modest dose of some less assertive aromas typically associated with this style; the whole spent coffee grounds / chocolate thing is there, it's just really muted. These attributed are a bit more noticeable in the flavour, but just. Finishes moderately bitter, then turns a bit dry. This is a decent porter, but I must admit, I had the Dark Force wheat stout these guys make earlier in the evening and it was a much more solidly crafted beer, IMO. An average porter, at best.

Photo of Reaper16
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle - labeled "Norse Porter," best by August 2010 - served into a tulip glass

Pours a typical porter-like dark brown. The head is unspectacular; a whole finger's worth of tan foam. Blah.

The aroma is actually pretty interesting but not in a way that makes it good or anything like that. Hershey's milk chocolate and a touch of fig, along with some stale Maxwell House.

This is an average porter in every sense of the word. Faint coffee. Stale milk chocolate. A spittle of dark fruits - an afterthought, really. It doesn't taste bad by any means. Just... boring.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin but not out-of-line for a porter. It is fairly silky, which works with the chocolate tastes. The inoffensive palate makes for a pretty drinkable beer - but not too drinkable, as your risk falling asleep to it.

This is about as average as average can get. For the price of this 500mL bottle I could have gotten a fresh six-pack of the best American Porter - Boulevard Bully! Porter. That is an indefensible crime of pricing.

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Big, too big brown head,large-bubbled and light, rises off of a careful pour, indicating overcarbing. At least it retains well? However, the beer itselft is quite beautiful, black and opaque, picturesque.

S-Chocolate aromas abound in this brew's aroma, with some smooth roastiness mixed in.

T-Big cocoa and chocolate with a light coffee bitterness and a bit of roasty character. Roasty and hop bitterness prove to be quite balancing the the, at times, semi-sweet maltiness and nuances of fruity esters. Finishes with roasted cocoa flavor.

M-High carbonation detracts from the flavor and feel; it seems to be overcarbed. Moderate body is hidden by the carbonation.

D-Moderate. Poor carbonation perhaps indicates inconsistency in the brewery, I may be nervious to buy from Haand again in the future. I have enjoyed this brewery before and enjoyed their offerings quite a bit, but inconsistent beer is scary.

Photo of laituegonflable
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.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. 04/13/08. Batch 78, bottled May 2007.

Pours pitch black, with a large 3+ finger tan head, which doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted coffee and sweet milk chocolate.

Taste is mostly roasted coffee, and the sweet milk chocolate has turned into bitter dark chocolate. Slight fruitiness - slight cherry and citrus, as well as a touch of acidic sourness. Carbonation is a bit high, but not too bad. Kinda thin and watery though. Drinkability is decent, the sourness gets to me after awhile.

A pretty decent beer. Probably not worth the price (I think I paid nearly $8 for it), but try it if you find it. If it were a bit cheaper I'd buy some more.

Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

Photo of dnichols
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured a 500 ml black capped bottle into a pint glass received in a trade with shuajw (another awesome trader). The bottle indicated it was from Batch #78 and an ABV of 6.5%.

A: A gentile pour produced a black body with a massive chocolate colared dense and sticky head that receided slowly. The head supported a decent thick lacing.

S: There were distinct aromas of burnt dark chocolate and dark spices. The aroma was faint and suprisingly thin.

T: It had the flavor of dark roasted malts that were barely burnt, bakers chocolate, plums, black pepper, and a bitter black coffee. It tasted more like a dry stout than an American Porter in many ways. The dominant flavors were sharp and unbalanced leaving residual bitterness and oily chocolates deep into the aftertaste.

M: It was a medium in body with a touch of watery thinness that was distracting. the aftertaste is a true reflection of the flavors but after awhile it turns a bitter and sour taste that is not pleasant.

D: The lack of balanced and aftertaste would drive me to another beer for a second brew in a session. However, I think six months of cellaring may benefit the beer giving it a chance to attain balance and smoothness that it currently lacks.

Photo of largadeer
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Comes in a 20 oz bottle with a cool label depicting Jörmungandr, the Midgard Serpent. The beer itself is a dark, opaque brown with a coffee-colored head.

Smell - Coffee, a bit of woodsmoke and burnt toast.

Taste - Very roasty and burnt, with flavors of black coffee and baker's chocolate at the forefront. Extremely dry; there's no balancing sweetness to be found anywhere here.

Mouthfeel - Medium in both body and carbonation. Not especially thick, but the flavor is very coating.

Notes - Pretty decent. I was expecting more of a Baltic-style porter, but this is obviously going for something different. Regardless, it's a solid beer. Can't say I'd buy it again unless it came down in price significantly.

Photo of ppoitras
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle via Christmas gift. Thanks for the opportunity, Kris.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, all foam. Although the head is turning to opaque brown/black liquid rather quickly in a manner similar to Guinness, although not as quick. Frothy head settles at ~2", with prevalent lace coverage. Aroma is chocolatey, effervescent, and lightly fruity. Taste also exhibits the fruity chocolate character, with a slightly acrid bitter close. Mouthfeel is a bit flat, and drinkability is alright. A bit disappointed here, not a bad beer, but maybe one not worth the going price.

Photo of domtronzero
3.48/5  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.

Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut/mahogany with 2 fingers of pillowy mocha head. Nice viscous appearance, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & dark chocolate

T: Coffee, dryness & a bit of dark chcolate up front. More of the same as this warms. Finishes chalky with coffee & some dark fruit

MF: Medium bodied, subtle carbonation & slight oilyness

Drinks okay, a bit too much coffee for me. Over priced @ $8.75 a 500ml bottle

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
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

Photo of jojohaaa
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Porter from HaandBryggeriet
84 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.