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Porter - HaandBryggeriet

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BA SCORE
85
very good

109 Ratings
THE BROS
52
awful

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 06-17-2007)
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Photo of Arborescence
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...

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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 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 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 Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of jikvig
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  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.

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 tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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 Xul
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an extremely dark brown with a thin, frothy mocha colored head. Retention isn't very good but some lacing is left behind.

S: Roasted malts up front, chocolate, a bit of coffee and some dark fruits - raisins and subtle dark cherries.

T: Roasted malts are prevalent again but dark fruits take a bigger role with raisins and cherries, along with some plums and figs. Chocolate and vanilla swirl around along with a bit of coffee. Sweet, but not cloying.

M: Moderate body with medium carbonation, has a good subtle chewiness but goes down smooth.

D: This is a really, really good porter...if it was easier to get, I could definitely drink more of this.

Photo of movingtrain
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9 oz. bottle sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.

The bottle reads that this one was brewed in August of '08, and is best before August of '10--Batch 158. The back of the label reads, "four guys brewing in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale." Interesting. My bottle's label looks different from the one posted here...and perhaps the small volume creates a slightly different beer from batch to batch.

Pours a fine coffee-colored black. The head is there, like a light espresso crema, and is clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma gives off hints of honey, cloves, wood, smoke, coffee, chocolate, and figs. There is a slight astringency in the nose, but nothing that takes away from the aroma.

In the taste there are strong coffee notes, burnt wood, bitter chocolate, and brown sugar (light). Coffee is the dominating force here, with some nice roasted malty notes.

This is a unique porter. It is very well-balanced, bittersweet, and simply delicious. I'm not sure how small of a scale these guys brew on, but I hope to find this one again...it is well worth it.

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