Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter) - HaandBryggeriet
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4.11/5 rDev +2.5%
Bottle purchased long, long ago at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in an Alchemist pint glass. Batch 225, bottled September 15th, 2009.
A - Voluminous dark tan foam loudly fizzes to nothing. Near-black body with a glint of brown at the bottom edge of the glass.
S - Very roasty and anise-heavy, with some strong chocolate fudge and cake notes mixed in as well. There's a mild spruce character that I can only ascribe to the akevitt. Good balance and integration, and well-hidden alcohol.
T - The taste has a bit more of the characteristic Scandinavian char and smoked character to it, but it's not overly harsh or bitter. Less sweet than the aroma, but still a strong dark chocolate and caramel flavor. There's a nebulous herbal character late, but it's not as discrete as in the aroma. Again, the alcohol is well-hidden. Gets sweeter as it warms up.
M - Full-bodied, and quite tannic. There's initially fizzy, harsh carbonation, but it peters out fairly quickly. Some warning, but nothing excessive for the listed ABV. Lingering stickiness on the palate.
D - I'd put off opening this for some time, as when I bought it I wasn't really much into botanical-infused spirits. However, my tastes have changed quite a bit over the years, and this was quite the pleasant surprise. The spirit and barrel influence are mild and work well with the base beer, and it's not over burnt or harsh like other beers from the region. Probably should have tried it a few years ago for better frame of reference, but holding up exceptionally well at the moment. I enjoyed the 500ml bottle over the course of a few hours.
08-06-2014 02:20:22 | More by MasterSki
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
Bottle shared by Mike at Bob's tasting. This is clearly my first time drinking a beer aged in akevitta/aquavit barrels.
Pours pitch black, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.
Smells like roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some interesting spices/herbs that remind me of menthol or spearmint.
The taste is similar. The barrels provide an interesting dimension to this porter. I'm not getting a whole lot of "barrel character-" meaning oak, vanilla, coconut, etc, but the spirit itself provides an interesting character, slightly fruity, with sort of a menthol of spearmint character that really works with the base porter, which is delicious on its own- lots of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Slightly bitter finish from the roast.
Medium bodied, wish it was a tiny bit thicker. Very drinkable. Creamy smooth mouthfeel.
One of the most unique beers I've ever had, I'll have to keep an eye out for more beers from this brewery.
05-11-2014 15:48:16 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.84/5 rDev -4.2%
Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a nice thick brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt with light dry roasted malt with some liquor notes. Taste is also a nice mix between some barrel-aged liquor notes with some black chocolate and some dry roasted malt notes. The barrel-aging is well balanced and cut some of the rough edges. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable beer and really enjoyed the spirit notes that came through this one.
03-14-2014 19:46:28 | More by Phyl21ca
3.85/5 rDev -4%
500ml bottle. Batch 602. Served in an oversized snifter.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with 1 finger of a dark tan head that settles to a thin coating and collar. Decent retention. Body is opaque.
Smell: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, mild coffee, and some slight hints of mint and licorice.
Taste: Follows the aroma pretty closely. Roasty, with notes of chocolate and coffee. Sweetness at the front of the tongue is balanced with an earthy bitterness in the finish. Some slight mint along with some almost menthol like character in the finish as well, but these are both very mild.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. A sipper, but not super boozy.
Overall: No complaints here. I enjoyed this one. The barrels' contribution to the overall profile is pretty minor, but luckily the base beer itself is pretty solid.
03-06-2014 02:48:08 | More by Jonada
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
A: Black with a thick dark brown head.
S: Coffee dominates the nose, with some dark chocolate and roasted malt.
T: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a bit of oak, molasses, liquorish, herbal notes.
M: Full bodied, not extremely smooth. Feels like a big porter.
O: I'm not 100% sure what the Akevitt (grappa-like liqueur?) barrel did for it, but it's delicious. HaandBryggeriet rarely disappoints.
01-24-2014 02:45:57 | More by BierJager89
4.05/5 rDev +1%
A: 500ml Bottle. Pours a deep brown/black color with a small head that fades to bits of lacing.
S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, spice and a bit earthy.
T: Taste is a blend of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, some spice and bit of wood from the barrel aging. Has a subtle bitterness and the finish is quite dry.
F: The body is quite full with a rich velvety texture. The 10% ABV very well hidden. The flavor becomes more robust as it warms.
O: Very good beer for the style, great way to end the day.
08-17-2013 14:29:38 | More by soju6
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
Appearance: Pours an almost black but not translucent dark brown with a half inch head that slow dissipates to a nice thin creamy brown mocha.
Smell: Barrels, coffee, spices, a little bit of alcohol on the nose. There is some dark chocolate and some wood also.
Taste: It comes out with the dark chocolate with a little sweetness from likely the barrels. I am getting the coffee as well at the end but not like you would expect. leaves the mouth slightly dry but finishes smooth. Lets see how it warms up. I might be getting some hops in there that is what might be leaving my tongue slightly dry. Now there is some vanilla coming out. After further google investigation, the Aquavit Barrels were used to age a liquor that was fermented with spices and herbs. They said Dill and also Caraway seeds, and now it does have some slight dill character.
Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with nice carbonation on the tongue.
Overall: This is a very interesting beer with very slight nuances that set it aside from other BA porters. The Aquavit Barrels have added that slight twist and make it perfect style for Norway and there drinking culture. Thanks Norway for my first Euro BA beer. Yummy.
03-21-2013 12:15:06 | More by Lucho
Akevitt Porter (Barrel-Aged Porter) from HaandBryggeriet
89 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.